The footpath leading from William Barak Bridge to the MCG will be renamed Daniher’s Way to honour Neale Daniher’s fight against motor neurone disease.
Signs will mark the thoroughfare and plaques will be installed to recognise the former Essendon player and Melbourne coach’s campaign to find a cure for MND and support people with the disease he calls “the beast” through the organisation he co-founded, FightMND.
The Victorian government announced it will also contribute $1 million to FightMND, bringing its total contribution to the organisation since 2015 to $6 million.
Daniher, who played 82 games with Essendon and coached Melbourne in 223 games, was diagnosed with MND in 2013. The diagnosis shone a light on the disease and led to Daniher’s tireless campaign to raise awareness and funds to support research into finding a cure.