The Queens Birthday match normally held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been moved to Sydney’s SCG due to Melbourne’s latest COVID-19 break out.
However, the Big Freeze is still planned to go ahead for Melbournians.
Both events are to be held on the same date – June 14th, and broadcasted live on national television across Australia
The Big Freeze is a fundraiser event that has been held at the ‘G for the last six years in support of “FightMND.” Despite the fact the match will be relocated, the evet where AFL, AFLW, NRL and SunCorp [netball] celebrities slide into freezing water will still happen but with no crowd due to lockdown guidelines.
The event/match day is dedicated to Neale Daniher, a former AFL legend who played for Essendon in the Australian Football League and was coach for the Melbourne Football Club between 1998 and 2007. Daniher was diagnosed with MND in 2013. Neale’s continued determination to live life to the fullest, to face the challenges this disease brings with courage, humour, and a drive to help prevent the suffering of those that may be diagnosed with this disease in the future, is inspiring therefore the AFL community has been brought together as a family in support of bringing awareness to this unfortunate disease.
The motor neuron diseases (MNDs) are a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy motor neurons, the cells that control skeletal muscle activity such as walking, breathing, speaking, and swallowing.