Alumnus Neale Daniher named Melburnian of the Year

1 March 2017

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Neale (class of 1978)  has been named the 2016 Melburnian of the Year, for his work raising funds to combat motor neurone disease.

Daniher was diagnosed with MND in 2013, and has since dedicated his life to funding research into the disease. He was previously made a member of the Order fo Australia for his work.

He is the patron and vice-chairman of the Cure for MND Foundation and has been the force behind the Freeze at the 'G and Daniher's Drive campaigns.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Daniher "embodies the purpose of these awards".

"On behalf of all Melburnians, I congratulate Neale and acknowledge his determination and drive to help others and raise funds for vital research into motor neurone disease," he said.

"It is not just the fundraising and awareness campaigns that make Neale an ideal Melburnian of the Year: it is the way he has galvanised the community to get behind a most worthy cause."

Daniher told The Age it was "a great honour" to receive the award.

According to the City of Melbourne, "An inspirational individual within the Melbourne community is ... honoured as the 'Melburnian of the Year'. The recipient will be selected by a committee of notable Melburnians appointed by the Lord Mayor".