COMEDIAN Andrew Startin, best known for his Sam Newman impersonations on The Footy Show, is hoping a year off alcohol will be good for him and medical research.
The Benalla funnyman’s uncle David Hill and friend Mick Rodger both died of motor neurone disease, a neurological condition which leaves sufferers unable to move, speak and eventually breathe.
“The disease is like a five-year death sentence once diagnosed and there is currently no cure,” Startin said.
Deciding to help with research, Startin is aiming to raise $20,000 throughout this year by staying off the grog.
A sportsman’s night organised by Moyhu Football and Netball Club will be held at Wangaratta’s Pinsent Hotel on Saturday night.
“Moyhu have been fantastic in allowing some of the proceeds of ticket sales to go to my cause, along with the sale of wristbands and a raffle on the night as well,” Startin, a former Moyhu player, said.
In addition to Startin, the night will feature North Melbourne premiership star Anthony Stevens, fellow former Kangaroo Alan Jarrott, who was raised at Moyhu, and past Australian netballer Eloise Southby-Halbish.
The event costs $75 and includes a three-course meal.