A special guest will attend the Walk to D-Feet MND around Lake Benalla on February 24 — Smudge Bromac, the MND fighting horse will be returning this year.
After being a popular fixture at the walk last year, Smudge will return to sign autographs and pose for photographs.
He might struggle holding the pen, but he enjoys being the centre of attention and receiving pats from everyone he meets.
Smudge, who raced in more than 200 events in his prime, is enjoying his retirement by acting as an informal ambassador in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.
Current owner Sue Terry said the role came about after his former owner, John Brain, was diagnosed with MND. ‘‘He had quite a following at the races and we found we had something unique to offer events which raise money to fight MND,’’ Sue said.
‘‘When he was racing it was often said that Smudge just wouldn’t give up and the Brain family commented on that and how it can relate to people living with MND.’’
Since starting his new role of helping to raise funds for MND, Smudge has become a fixture at a number of events.
‘‘Wherever he goes he raises significant money and he’s also acknowledged as a harness racing ambassador,’’ Suzanne said.
‘‘He is about to go off to the Echuca cup where he will carry the MND logo. We really enjoy taking him to these events, it’s very humbling to have Smudge and to help him do the good work he does.’’
Smudge will be in the Benalla Showgrounds during the event and will greet people as they walk past.
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