SLIGHTLY unsettled about the great height of his mission, Matt Hustwaite is preparing to be locked in a pod on a giant ferris wheel and spun until he raises $5000.
Mr Hustwaite was confident he would reach his target but the drama would be in the when.
In a live event for Melbourne-based talkback host Neil Mitchell on Friday morning, the fourth-annual Neil's Wheel on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will support the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Mr Hustwaite is not entirely alone. Others trapped in the spin will include Melbourne Storm chief executive Justin Rodski and Western Bulldogs premiership player Dale Morris.
This is a cause close to Mr Hustwaite's heart. His eldest son Henry, now aged five, has a severe respiratory condition the Royal Children's diagosed and created a treatment plan for Henry to live a relatively normal life.
While Mr Hustwaite is incredibly proud of his young son's resilience, this wheel might test his own but he planned to keep busy on the phones and maybe taking in a bit of the Docklands' view.
It is high (on the wheel) but if anything, it's motivation to get people donating.Matt Hustwaite
"There is an element of theatre. I can hustle...I am confident I can raise at least five-grand but obviously more is welcome," Mr Hustwaite said.
"It is high (on the wheel) but if anything, it's motivation to get people donating. I might even get my target before."
Neil's Wheel is vying for this year's contenders to take the overall event past $1 million from four years putting people in a spin.
All funds raised on the wheel this year will help RCH purchase two new medical imaging ultrasound machines to enable greater precision for procedures.
"When you think the hospital does more than 250 scans a week, that is an impressive piece of infrastructure that needs to keep up," Mr Hustwaite said.
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Neil's Wheel starts spinning from 8.30am. Anyone wishing to support Mr Hustwaite and free him from a pod can donate via Neil's Wheel fundraising page at goodfridayappeal.com.au.
Mr Hustwaite can be found representing his employer WestWind Energy. He had raised almost $1,200 at time of print.
Tobin Brothers Funerals is leading the charge with almost $24,000 already pledged. The wheel has already generate more than $78,000 so far.
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