Club takes plunge for MND

Pearcedale Baxter Junior Football Club is holding a Big Freeze to raise money for MND research.

by Chloe Henry

Pearcedale Baxter Junior Football Club is hosting an MND Big Freeze event on Sunday 19 June.

Having raised almost $1,500 so far, the event will take place in conjunction with the MND round for AFL South East.

The club is announcing a list of junior-club personalities to take the freezing plunge in the club’s ice-filled dunk machine.

Each team has also nominated one person to dunk with the aim of raising more money on the day for Motor Neurone Disease research. About 25 club members will be dunked in total.

PBJFC president John Barbaresso said this is the first year his club has done the fundraiser.

“I know not many clubs are doing the extreme that we are, but we decided you know what we’ll have a crack at it and see how we go,” he said.

“We’ve got 12 identities from our club on the list that we’ve nominated to get dunked, along with pretty much every team’s coach as well.”

There will also be a dress up theme, something the kids are excited about, Mr Barbaresso said.

There will be a gold coin donation for kids to have the chance to plunge their coaches into the freezing dunk tank.

“My name hasn’t appeared yet on the list because I’m organising it, but I’m sure on the day I’ll be going under,” Mr Barbaresso said.

“As president of the club I think I have to.”

The club president estimates the fundraiser will well exceed its original goal of $2000.