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The Big Freeze, scheduled for this coming Monday in Melbourne, is an AFL supported event but one that carries special meaning for Sharks coach John Morris.

Designed to support, bring awareness and potentially raise funds to help fight the debilitating disease, the Big Freeze is a flagship event in the battle against Motor Neurone Disease.

As a part of the awareness campaign Big Freeze beanies have been sold across the country, with Morris and the entire Sharks NRL squad proudly wearing them at their Wednesday morning training session in a show of support for the Big Freeze and #FightMND.  

“I lost my dad to Motor Neurone disease. I was 22 at the time,” Morris said.

“I’ve gone through my career and I’ve always tried to do a little bit for Fight MND to raise awareness and hopefully raise money to find a cure for this terrible disease.

“I was happy that all the boys in our club got behind the Big Freeze.”

Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

What FightMND has done since 2014 is be the voice, and the guiding star for Australians who want to fight ‘The Beast’.

The horrible and debilitating disease gradually takes away the patient’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breathe…all in an average timeframe of just 27 months.

Two of our former first grade players in Paul Fisher and Adam Maher are both battling MND at the present time, doing so with the support of the Sharks Old Boys family.

Such has been the interest, the Big Freeze Beanies are SOLD OUT nationally, however to donate to the cause or to find out more about the Big Freeze, set to take place at the MCG on Monday, June 10, and in relation to the work of FightMND, go to the website at

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