Hunt for truckie to bring Big Freeze at the G slide to Boxwood Hill for annual fundraiser

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Eagles coach Adam Simpson comes down the big slide at the Big Freeze at the MCG in 2018.
Camera IconEagles coach Adam Simpson comes down the big slide at the Big Freeze at the MCG in 2018. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAPIMAGE, Julian Smith INSET: Scott, Penny and Eddy Moir at last year’s Big Freeze event in Lake Grace. Picture: Shannon Smith

The official Big Freeze at the G slide could be coming 3000km across the country for the annual fundraiser held by the Boxwood Hill and Lake Grace football clubs.

MCG officials have offered the famous slide from Neale Daniher’s Fight MND event to the local sporting clubs, who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight the disease.

MND has rattled both communities, most recently with the loss of beloved Boxwood Hill community member Penny Moir to the disease this year.

The clubs are now looking for someone to donate their time to get the slide across to the west for their 2021 event next month.

Boxwood Hill Football Club president Jarrod King said they were on the hunt for a truckie with some spare room to help the cause.

“The MCG rang us and said that we can have the slide since they knew we were proactive in it, and that will go into the freezing pool as normal,” he said.

“It brings both the towns together, not just to be competitive on the field, but then to get this off the ground for so many years has been fantastic.

“Boxwood have lost Rick Swarbrick and Penny Moir more recently to MND, and they were both such passionate community people, so it probably touches the community a lot and it will bring back a lot of sadness in some ways this year.”

Scott Moir, Penny Moir and Eddy Moir.
Camera IconScott Moir, Penny Moir and Eddy Moir. Credit: Shannon Smith

After raising $65,000 last year and $70,000 in 2019, Mr King said he hoped the club could get some-where near those numbers again this year.

The Big Freeze will take place at Boxwood Hill Football Club on August 7, with live music and people taking the plunge down the slide after the league match.

The match is set to to be the first fixture played at the upgraded clubrooms which are near completion.

“We want to get a big crowd there and have a good time,” Mr King said.

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