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Kalkee club unites for FightMND fundraiser

Kalkee Football Netball Club leaders presented FightMND vice-chairman Gary Nugent with a cheque for $9000 after spearheading a fundraising effort at the weekend.

The Kees used their home match against Noradjuha-Quantong to raise money for the charity, which supports the search for a cure to motor neurone disease, through raffles and donations.

DONATION:  Kalkee Football Netball Club’s Josh and Amy Beddison presented $9000 to FightMND vice-chairman Gary Nugent yesterday, following a club Big Freeze event at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER


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Club president Josh Beddison handed Mr Nugent the cheque this week. FightMND has a long association with football through its figurehead Neale Daniher, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2013, but Beddison said Kalkee’s fundraising efforts had personal significance.

“My father was diagnosed with MND just before Christmas, so it touches a little bit closer now,” he said.


“It’s still a great cause to get behind whether you’ve been touched by it or not. We wanted to get behind it a little bit more this year as a show of support for him.”

Mr Nugent thanked Beddison for the donation, calling it ‘an outstanding effort’.

“Neale is a country boy and our heart is with regional Victoria. We love the fact the community gets involved with fighting the beast,” he said.

“MND takes people. It both takes people away from us, and it takes people to fight. What we can do with the donations and support of communities is provide a cure.”

FightMND will host the 10th iteration of its largest annual fundraiser, the Big Freeze, at the MCG on Monday.

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– Colin MacGillivray


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