Hi, I'm Russell Coight and not so long ago I had a dream. About a wombat that could swim underwater and bite through metal. I pitched the concept to a Sydney-based film production company but they're yet to return my calls.
But not long after that I had another dream. This dream involved taking a bunch of high-profile Aussies across the outback on a fund-raising challenge. Sure, a lot of people scoffed. Some said I was mad, that I had 'a few roos loose in the top paddock'. I even heard the trip described as 'the ploy of a fading ex-celebrity desperate to get back on the telly' which, coming from someone who's supposed to be my manager, was a little disappointing.
But I wasn't about to give up. That's not the Russell Coight way.
So, over the next few months I got busy. Organising sponsors, sorting out gear and tracking down some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. I'll be honest, it wasn't easy. But I've never forgotten the words my 87 year old grandmother once said to me. 'Russ, you'll never get anywhere without taking a risk'. That night she tunnelled her way out of an Alice Springs correctional facility and has not been seen since. If Nanna could do it, so could I. And so I persisted and, after a lot of hard work and a few knock-backs, I was ready to go.
The plan - coast to coast in just 7 days (not counting toilet stops).
Would we make it? Well, you'll have to watch the show to find out...