Martians, seagulls, marshmallows – now add Tinkerbell to Kevin Sheedy’s very weird AFL history.
Sheedy’s granddaughter Charlotte ordered him to dress up as the Peter Pan character for Monday’s second Freeze At The ‘G fundraiser.
The Richmond and Essendon legend was among 10 AFL and television personalities who put on fancy dress and slid into a pool of icy water.
More than $1 million is understood to have been raised on Monday for MND research ahead of the Melbourne v Collingwood Queens Birthday match.
Former Essendon captain and Melbourne coach Neale Daniher is suffering from the fatal disease and has become the very public face of the fight against MND.
Also on Monday, Daniher was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday honours for his AFL and charity contributions.
“It’s terrible when your grandkids get you back,” Sheedy said of his fancy dress.
“He (Daniher) is a superstar, always has been. He’s a beautiful person, the whole family.
“It does give people hope and that’s what Neale is on about.”
The day’s fundraising also featured thousands of fans, most wearing the distinctive blue MND beanies, marching to the MCG ahead of the match.
Comedian Dave Hughes probably won “best” dressed among the sliders for appearing as Carlton legend Bruce Doull – complete with flying doormat.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire’s trademark suit was festooned with sponsor logos, plus Daniher’s No.6 on the back.
It is understood McGuire raised $10,000 for each logo.
Port Adelaide president David Koch and former AFL stars such as Matthew Lloyd, Jonathon Brown and Cameron Ling also slid into the icy water.