A Clyde North auction has today raised $700,000 for Neale Daniher’s FightMND charity.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 106 Newgrange Blvd was built with the help of 200 tradies and suppliers, who donated time, furniture and a new car to the Henley and Brown Property Group project.
Neale Daniher, who attended the auction, said it was fantastic to see the support the project received.
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“We are a community based foundation and this is a great example of the community getting behind our plight, so we’d like to thank everyone — especially the Brown Group and Henley homes for getting behind this great project,” Mr Daniher said.
FightMND CEO Jamie Howden said the proceeds would continue to fund world leading research into motor neurone disease, which is a condition that progressively damages nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
“It’s going to enable us to continue our work in finding a cure for MND, to fund world-leading MND medical research, to fund clinical trials, to fund drug development projects, cutting-edge worldwide research here in Australia and also overseas, all with that objective of finding a cure for MND,” said Mr Howden.
The Herald Sun yesterday reported on seven new research projects to be funded by the $7.6 million raised by Fight MND’s Big Freeze at the ‘G last year.
Bidding started at $560,000 for the property, which had no reserve, with two groups going head to head in $10,000 increments until bidding stalled at $670,000.
Harcourts agent Brad Ryan turned to Neale Daniher in a mock admonishment of the crowd, saying “I think we can do better than this”.
Every bid was greeted with a big cheer by the crowd of over 200, in an acknowledgment of the extra funds raised to treat the debilitating disease.
The festive atmosphere was evident in kids at the auctioneer’s feet with animal balloons, a drone flying overhead and a heavy media presence, while two out of control fires at nearby Bunyip State Park set a dramatic backdrop.
After 14 bids the property was eventually picked up by Malvern-based Roger and Tracy Leopold, who dropped into the auction on the way to a wedding.
“I’m feeling great,” said Mr Leopold.
“I’m a Melbourne supporter, so what Neale’s doing with MND and the Melbourne public is fantastic and I just thought I’d come along and see what happened and here we are — I bought a home.
“I haven’t met Neil before so that was awesome — I just had a quick word to him — yeah, rapt. He’s a great guy, he’s an inspiration.”
Mr Leopold said the property would likely be an investment.
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