West Coast captain Luke Shuey dons beanie and hits the grill to support Neale Daniher in his fight against MND

Kate RyanThe West Australian
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West Coast captain Luke Shuey has donned the beanie and hit the BBQ at Bunnings to support FightMND.
Camera IconWest Coast captain Luke Shuey has donned the beanie and hit the BBQ at Bunnings to support FightMND. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

West Coast captain Luke Shuey is used to stepping up when a teammate is in trouble on the field. Off the field, there’s no difference.

The Eagles skipper swapped footy boots for a special blue beanie and an apron on Wednesday to get behind one of West Coast’s own in former general manager Neale Daniher and his fight against MND (motor neurone disease) by cooking up some sausages and selling beanies at Bunnings.

“I spent four or five years with him early in my career, and he was a wonderful man, did a lot for the footy club,” Shuey said.

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“I’m just playing my little part down here trying to raise a little bit of awareness, hopefully we can sell some beanies.”

MND has been a cause close to the AFL’s heart since one of the greats, Daniher stepped down in 2013, revealing he was suffering the cruel disease, which currently has no cure.

One of the biggest fundraising events on the calendar, The Big Freeze, which sees big names take the plunge into freezing water is in its seventh year, but in his third year supporting the FightMND Big Freeze, the Eagles captain is yet feel the cold.

“I’m not great with cold water, but obviously this is a bigger issue than that. So if I’d have to do it, I’d do it,” he said.

“His fight has been such an inspiration for all of us. He’s such a brave fella, and to see him still going strong is such a wonderful thing.”

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