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Sporting legends tee off at MS Ashes Trek

Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

BARBARA SUNGAILA December 12, 2013 4:50am

From left, Heathcote Golf Club men's captain Larry Maxwell and former Aussie test cricketer Dean Jones get ready for the MS Ashes trek golf day. Photo: Barbara Sungaila 

A stellar line-up of Australian sporting legends will tee off at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day.

Celebrity golfers will include former footballers Danny Frawley and Michael Roberts; golfers Jarrod Lyle and Brad Hughes; and cricketers Simon O’Donnell, Rodney Hogg and Damien Fleming.

Former test cricketer and MS ambassador Dean Jones said MS Australia had approached him for help with their multiple sclerosis awareness campaign.

‘‘So they asked me to put together the trek,’’ he said.

Mr Jones said the fundraising campaign began with a launch at the MCG in late November and would finish with a dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday with guests including former Prime Minister John Howard.

‘‘I’ve asked a lot of the past Australian Ashes players to come along and help,’’ he said.

‘‘Alan Border’s been phenomenal, as usual.

‘‘(Today) we’re coming up to Bendigo having lunch at the All Seasons and we’re having a big night at Mitchelton Winery... and then the big MS Ashes golf day (at Heathcote), which is my home club,’’ he said.

‘‘And I’m proud to be an ambassador of the Heathcote Golf Club.

‘‘So, basically that’s why we’re coming here... showing off how good the course is, enjoying the hospitality of the Heathcote people.

‘‘We hope people just want to come out for a walk and look at Jarrod Lyle and Brad Hughes and the other celebs we’ve got coming up here.

‘‘We’ve got Trevor Marmalade from the (AFL) Footy Show coming up, we’ve got Michael Roberts, Spud Frawley.

‘‘Just come outwe’ve got wines going off, barbecues, sausage sizzlesso just come out... it’ll be fun.

‘‘Sledging is allowed.’’

Mr Jones said multiple sclerosis was an insidious disease.

‘‘It’s affected 23,000 Australians,’’ he said

‘‘(Mostly) in the ages groups from 20 to 50 and 75 per cent are women.’’

He said there were now cases where children as young as six had been affected.

‘‘It’s a central nervous system disease that they haven’t got a cure for,’’ he said.

‘‘But they need a billion dollars a year to help carers, one billion dollars.

‘‘Not a million, a billion.’’

Heathcote Golf Club men’s captain Larry Maxwell said the club was proud to host the golf day.

‘‘We feel very honoured for Deano to ask us (and) the exposure we’re going to get is enormous,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s going to be great.’’

Tomorrow’s golf day runs from 11am to 3pm at Heathcote Golf Club and spectators are welcome.

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