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The battle to overcome the beast that is motor neurone disease has kicked up a gear with the launch of FightMND’s Big Freeze 8.

Big Freeze 8 beanies are now on sale at Coles, Coles Express and Bunnings stores across Australia to raise funds and awareness for the fight against MND.

FightMND Patron and co-founder, AFL legend Neale Daniher, who is fighting MND, recently launched the 2022 Big Freeze, which is now in its eighth year.

Purchasing a beanie is a way that every Australian can take up arms against this heartbreaking disease.

“As the beast takes away my ability to be the voice of this fight, this year, more than ever, I’m calling on everyone to come together, play on and help lead the fight against MND – with actions, not words,” Neale Daniher said.

“MND is relentless but so are we. By proudly wearing a Big Freeze Beanie, you’re joining an unstoppable army, united in their determination to fight back and marching as one towards a cure. Together I know we can defeat this Beast. It’s time to Beanie On, Play On.”

All funds raised through the sale of the beanies, as well as 10 cents from every Coles Brand Australian Pork product and 20 cents from every Coles Free Range Pork product sold until 21 June will be invested in cutting-edge research projects focused driving discoveries towards a cure for MND.

“At Australian Pork we are proud to join Coles once again and support FightMND for a fifth consecutive year,” said CEO Australian Pork Limited Margo Andrae.

“The weather is perfect to not only support Aussie pork farmers and enjoy a beautiful roast or pulled pork, but also to support this incredible charity fighting the beast that is MND. We can’t wait to smash records this year through the sale from every Coles Brand Australian Pork and Coles Free Range Pork products.”

The six-week campaign will culminate with a celebration on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (13 June) at the annual Big Freeze match between the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club at the MCG.

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  • That is very good initiative.

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  • Such a good cause to be supporting

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  • This is a terrible disease and they need all the funds/money they can get

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  • Neale Daniher is a wonderful ambassador in the fight against such a horrible disease. His strength of spirit is incredible.

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  • If anyone can stop this insidious disease and find a cure, then this foundation will do so. Neil Daniher has done more in 8 years than any other sufferer has managed to do as well as lasting longer than most once they have been diagnosed.

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  • Its a shame I dont look good in a beanie. But what a fantastic cause and its great that Coles is getting involved.

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  • This is a wonderful charity to support. I’d love to get one of these beanies for those cold mornings.

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  • An amazing charity, nearly every year we have brought our beanies, keeps us warm during our walks as a family.

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  • I’m not a beanie wearer, but my kids would be interested.

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  • We’ve got ours. Coles has them available so it’s easy to throw a couple in with your weekly shopping.

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  • Great way to support a great cause.

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  • such a great cause

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  • It’s a great initiative, I wish more people would donate without the need to receive something in return


    • Good point. Buying an item in order to donate is actually no real donation, but if that is needed to motivate people to give, it’s a good option to raise funding

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  • It’s a horrible disease. Would be great to find a cure.

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  • That’s a great cause ! I don’t like the beanie much though and am afraid I don’t eat pork either.


    • But of course I could make a pork roast to bless someone else

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