It is a day that has become one of the most celebrated on the footy calendar, and it has also become one of the most meaningful.
This year’s seventh running of The Big Freeze has broken a record in its fundraising for FightMND, generating $14.6 million for the charity.
The money will be made available to help fund vital research in the hunt for treatment and a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
Neale Daniher, the man behind the efforts, has reflected on the day and just how proud he is.
“I am always amazed by the generosity and giving spirit of Australians, and we are incredibly proud that our simple idea has now grown into such a huge tally – thank you to everyone who contributed.
“This beast needs to be beaten and the funds raised from Big Freeze 7 give us more opportunity to build on our existing support of MND research, and I’m confident we will beat it one day soon, and that day is getting closer”
This year’s Big Freeze game was played for the first time at the SCG because of a COVID outbreak in Melbourne, although the move of city didn’t stop the even from attracting some big names to the icy slide.
Demon royalty Jeff Farmer and Daisy Pearce, umpire “Razor” Ray Chamberlain, Shane Crawford, Sharni Norder and the big cheese Gillon McLachlan, were among the people to take the freezing slide this year.
If you missed out on your chance to donate, you can make a donation online at fightmnd.org.au, and there is still a limited number of kid’s beanies available only online for $17.50 each.