Cricket legend Justin Langer has headlined a bumper group of Australian celebrities to make the leap and slide right into a freezing chilly ice-bath on the MCG for Massive Freeze 8.
The occasion helps the work of inspirational advocate, fighter and former Essendon legend Neale Daniher and Battle MND, the charity he fronts, which has change into the biggest fundraiser for the battle in opposition to motor neurone illness in Australia.
The terminal illness has now taken Daniher’s voice, however he was nonetheless available to push some his hand-picked personalities down the slide.
The previous opening batsman and Australian coach hit the icy water dressed as Sylvester Stallone’s legendary character Rocky Balboa.
“When Neale requested me I couldn’t get right here fast sufficient,” Langer mentioned.
“One of many nice gentleman I’ve met, one of many robust blokes I’ve met and it’s an ideal privilege to be right here.
The West Coast board member revealed he had first met Daniher by means of the Eagles, the place he was common supervisor for six years.
“He is likely one of the nice folks I’ve met, what a trigger for an ideal man,” he mentioned.
“He retains coming again, to see him up there at this time was an ideal inspiration so it’s a nice honour to be right here for him.
Langer flew to Melbourne this morning and returns mere hours after sliding.
“I fly again in an hour or so, however to be on the MCG for Neale, I couldn’t have considered a greater option to spend the day.”
It comes after the Sunday Occasions reported this week Langer had been earmarked by the embattled WA Liberal Get together to steer it to the subsequent State election.
Langer has since mentioned he was “flattered”, however has little interest in transferring into politics after leaving the Australian workforce after a profitable Ashes marketing campaign final summer time.
Tennis champion Ash Barty was the opposite headline act, and obtained the largest roar of the day from the packed MCG crowd.
The three-time grand slam champion was dressed as Rafiki from The Lion King and described Daniher as an “inspirational man”.
“I’m a baby, I’m an absolute youngster, and it seems they don’t make grownup costumes to be Rafiki, so I’m combating right into a 12-year-old’s custome,” she mentioned.
“That is an unimaginable day, an unimaginable trigger and I’m so proud to be a small a part of a celebration that’s simply bringing consciousness to an unimaginable man.”
It was one in every of Barty’s first public appearances since her shock retirement from tennis whereas ranked primary on the planet.
Daniher hails from one of many nation’s most well-known sporting households, and his brother Terry grew to become the primary member of the household to slip.
Terry, who performed 313 video games for South Melbourne and Essendon, was flanked by his brother and niece Bec as he went down dressed as Paul Hogan’s iconic character Mick Dundee – sporting a hat, knife and blow-up croc.
“We haven’t discovered a remedy, so hold supporting us women and gentleman and hopefully there’s a remedy not too far across the nook.”
It was the second time this weekend the Daniher brothers had taken to the bottom’s hallowed turf, that includes on Friday night time as a part of the Bombers’ a hundred and fiftieth birthday celebration.
Former Carlton and Adelaide fan-favourite Eddie Betts thrilled the MCG many occasions in a navy blue jumper, however he donned a Black Panther costume at this time to take to the slide.
The legendary goal-sneak mentioned it was applicable he was taking the plunge within the pocket on the ‘G.
“I’m a bit nervous to be sincere, I prevented ice baths, however trying ahead to happening.
“I’ve heard it’s minus one … I like being within the pocket, my favorite spot is the pocket so we’ll see how we go.”
Australia’s new Winter Olympic queen Jakara Anthony is nicely acclimatised to the chilly however even she was fast to leap out of the bathtub after plunging in dressed as The Starvation Video games’ Katniss Everdeen.
TV personalities Bec Maddern, Hamish Blake and Rhonda Birchmore additionally headed down the slide, as did former Melbourne captain David Neitz, who led the membership alongside
“I simply noticed Neale up the highest, I gave him a hug and I mentioned ‘I’m solely doing this for you Neale’,” Maddern mentioned.
Earlier, hundreds of individuals sporting the enduring blue beanies marched collectively from the Melbourne CBD to the MCG.