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Dual Grand Slam champion Ash Barty and popular Australian media personality Hamish Blake will be two of 10 sliders that will plunge into the Big Freeze ice bath as the footy community celebrates Neale Daniher’s incredible drive to defeat the MND “beast”.

Up to 80,000 fans are expected to pack into the MCG for the traditional Queen’s Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne, with the Big Freeze slide the highlight of the pre-game Fight MND festivities.

It’ll be the first Big Freeze at the ‘G in front of an uncapped crowd since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic meant the even didn’t take place in 2020, while celebrities and footy stars still plunged into the MCG ice bath last year in front of a limited crowd as the Magpies-Demons clash was held at the SCG due to a Melbourne lockdown.

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The Big Freeze slides start time will be just after 2pm (AEST) and wrap up around 3pm. Live coverage of each slider will be on Fox Footy from 2pm.

The 10 sliders are Ash Barty (Aussie tennis legend), Hamish Blake (comedian), Jakara Anthony (Winter Olympian), Terry Daniher (Essendon footy great), Justin Lange (Aussie cricket great), David Neitz (Melbourne footy great), Eddie Betts (Carlton and Adelaide footy great), Rhonda Burchmore (Entertainer), Bec Maddern (TV personality) and Andy Maher (Radio and TV personality).

Music star Vance Joy was scheduled to perform before the celebrity slide, but revealed on his social media platforms that he’d been forced to pull out after testing positive to Covid on Monday.

Neale Daniher will be the star of the show, with the ex-Demons coach and champion Fight MND campaigner to summon his strength and lead a march of Dees fans from Federation Square to the MCG — via down “Daniher’s Way” — for the major event. Dees fans will eventually meet up with Collingwood supporters — they’ll march from the club’s Olympic Boulevard headquarters — and enter the MCG as a united force for a great cause.

Fight MND is hoping to raise $2 million for MND research by the end of Monday.

You can buy a Big Freeze 8 beanie online, or visit your local Coles, Coles Express and Bunnings store.

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