When it’s all said and done
Neale Daniher is addressing the young Melbourne players prior to the Queen’s Birthday game against Collingwood a couple of years ago. It is a big game for the improving Demons. The promise of an 80,000ish crowd at their home ground, the magnificent MCG.
The man speaking to them is very familiar to everyone in the room. He is their old coach, and while few of the young Demons played under him, he is for those few precious minutes, again their coach and mentor.
For Neale Daniher, every opportunity to speak is an opportunity to teach.
It is a wonderful lesson for leaders…
“Stop talking. Start teaching.”
Everyone in the room understands that their old coach is dying. He has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and has known of his fate for a number of years.
And Neale’s response to his personal tragedy?
Firstly, give his disease a name, “The Beast”, and secondly, dedicate his life to building a not-for-profit to raise money to fight it.
As he speaks to the Melbourne players, he is asked the question, “Neale, knowing that you are dying, why aren’t you working through your bucket-list of stuff?”
Neale pauses, and while his disease has clearly impacted his speech, in his very familiar Ungarie/Daniher drawl says…
“Because son, when it is all said and done, more is said than done.”
Neale well and truly understands that to find a cure for MND is to play a long game, and Neale doesn’t have a long time. His relentless efforts to slay “The Beast” are for the benefit of those who will receive the same heartbreaking news he and his family received a few years ago.
Neale’s charity FightMND has raised many millions of dollars, investing in medical research, and from recent reports, the signs have been positive, a sense of progress, a light at the end of an otherwise long, dark tunnel.
Neale’s personal commitment and that of the Daniher family has been nothing short of extraordinary. At a time when he could be forgiven for some selfishness and indulgence, he has created a platform to inspire and teach, as well as generate the kind of revenue that just might make the difference, perhaps be the tipping point, to help people he will never get to meet.
It is hard to imagine a more powerful legacy.
Please check out FightMND to see how you or your organisation can help Neale slay “The Beast”
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