Neil's Cruise

Cruise raises funds

Neil's Cruise for the Kids launches with massive fundraising result.

The first ever Neil’s Cruise for the Kids has raised $370,451 for the Good Friday Appeal.

Neil’s Cruise, held by 3AW and Neil Mitchell on a Melbourne River Cruise boat on the Yarra River on Friday, 11 March.

There were 24 participants from a range of businesses and organisations who were held hostage on the cruise until they raised at least $5,000 for the Appeal.

The money raised will help The Royal Children’s Hospital purchase two expensive pieces of equipment used in surgery.

Dr Simone Harvey, a paediatric neurologist at the RCH told 3AW: “The equipment’s for intra-operative monitoring. It’s equipment that our neuro-physiology scientists use during operations that are being doing by the orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons. It’s specifically for their spinal surgery, so these scientists are stimulating at one end of the body … and then they’re measuring at the other end, and recording neural activity going up and down.

The machines cost around $150,000 each and are mainly used for children and adolescents for scoliosis surgery.

We are incredibly grateful to Neil Mitchell, 3AW, Melbourne River Cruises and the 24 participants and their generous donors for supporting the 2022 Good Friday Appeal.

The event has replaced the Escape From Neil’s Wheel Fundraiser. In five years, the 3AW fundraisers have raised almost $1.5 million.

See below the list of the 2022 participants and how much they raised.


Maxwell and Williams$55,848
Greyhound Racing Victoria$41,183
Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation$27,142
MBCM Strata Specialists$21,209
Ambulance Victoria$21,056
ACE Radio$15,212
The Barry Plant Group$15,208
Redline Car Hire$11,287
Kingsbridge Homes and Hermitage Homes$10,985
Herald Sun Confidential$10,694
Chemist Warehouse$10,000
The District Docklands$9,296
3 Point Motors$9,070
Western Bulldogs Football Club$7,330
Rob’s British Butchers$7,068
Grange Community Centre$6,153
Valles Accountants$5,395
Thunderbird Owners Club$5,124
Zing Solar Vic$5,078
North Melbourne FC$2,621
Melbourne Storm$1,693

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