Former AFL great Neale Daniher will take the fight for a cure for Motor Neurone Disease to the bush this week, taking in rural locations before finishing in Deer Park on Sunday.

Mr Daniher – who has been the face of the Fight MND campaign for the past three years – will launch the third Daniher’s Drive on Thursday from Essendon Airport.

Up to 100 cars are taking part in this year’s  fundraising car rally which will stop in  Wagga Wagga, Echuca and Ballarat, before ending at the Deer Park Club about 11am on Sunday.

Mr Daniher said the chance to take the message of Fight MND to the bush was invaluable.

“We love going out into the country and rural areas to connect with our supporters and spread awareness,” he said.

“There are no treatments and no cure [for MND], so we want to thank people for supporting us and also have lots of fun along the way.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to Deer Park at the end to see us home, find out the final fundraising total and meet us all.”

The first two Daniher Drive’s have raised $2.5 million for MND research. Mr Daniher hopes to raise $2 million from this year’s event.

This year’s drive will involve more than 350 participants, including former AFL players David Neitz, Russell Robertson and Paul Vander Haar.