FOOTBALL and netball clubs across the region will come together on Saturday to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease in the state-wide Sockit2MND Round.
The round follows the annual AFL event the Big Freeze at the G where all 18 AFL coaches plunged into a pool of ice.
At the weekend’s Horsham District clash between Jeparit-Rainbow and Kalkee at Jeparit, a similar event will happen, according to Jeparit-Rainbow president Jason Hutson.
“We will be auctioning off all the senior football and netball coaches and the highest bidder gets to pour ice cold water on top of a coach,” he said.
“All of the funds from the auction will go towards the disease and we are hoping to raise a bit of money. The senior Storm footballers will be wearing the blue socks and Kalkee will be wearing white, and also the A Grade netballers.”
Hutson said families involved with the Storm had been personally affected by the disease.
“We’ve had a few families who have been touched with someone who has had MND,” he said.
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“The Batson family are one of those and they were really keen to come on board and help out. They were heavily involved with the MND game last year at Nhill.”
The socks will also be donned in the Wimmera league match between the Warrack Eagles and Horsham Saints.
Senior and reserves footballers, as well as all three grades of netball will show support for what Warrack Eagles president Adrian Bibby said was a fantastic cause.
“It’s important for clubs to show their support for causes such as the one Neale Daniher has done great work for,” he said.
“He’s a real inspiration. There are so many great causes but this is just one of them and it has a great connection to the football community.”
He said he had stayed away from most of the organisation of the day but suspected himself and Horsham Saints president Mick Morris would be going into a dunk tank.
“I think we’ll cop the brunt of it,” Bibby said. “We are more than happy to do it.”
A number of Minyip-Murtoa and Stawell Warriors representatives will also be dunked following the senior match between the two sides at Minyip.