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GoFundMe For Survivor Australia Contestant Luke Has Hit Its $500,000 Target

GoFundMe For Survivor Australia Contestant Luke Has Hit Its $500,000 Target

There are moments that crop up every now and then that restore your faith in humanity.

We've just experienced one of those moments after an online fundraising campaign hit its massive target for Survivor Australia contestant Luke Toki.

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He narrowly missed out on the top three when his tribesmates unanimously voted to kick him off the show earlier this week.

Australia was crushed when Luke's torch was snuffed out because he went on the show hoping to nab the $500,000 grand prize to look after his family.

Credit: Channel 10
Credit: Channel 10

He and his wife Mary care for three kids, two of which have autism and the third is living with cystic fibrosis.

Incredibly, Aussies have dug deep and helped Luke and Mary by donating the same amount of money as the grand prize. What bloody legends you all are.

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Dave Skow started the GoFundMe and has told his followers: "It's actually hard to out into words just how amazing this campaign has been. Thousands of donations from thousands of fans from all walks of life - a real testament to the lasting impression that Luke has left on so many.


"A few people have asked if we will keep the page open once the target is reached, and the answer is absolutely. The $500k target was simply to reflect the prize money on offer in Survivor, but if we can raise more than that then this thing will be open for as long as people want to keep donating!

Credit: Luke Toki/Instagram
Credit: Luke Toki/Instagram

"The Toki's have a challenging road ahead so limiting the amount we can raise is certainly not on the agenda. If we smash $500k, we will strive for $600k, then $700k and so on until this crazy ride comes to a natural end.

"So keep up the good fight team - keep sharing and encouraging as many donations as possible. Bloody good work!"

All the money will go directly to the Toki family, meaning they'll have enough cash for a good few years to look after their kids.

Luke wasn't shy about how crushed he was when he was booted off, especially considering he won 'King of the Jungle' in the 2017 season of the show.

Speaking to news.com.au, Luke said: "You can see, I'm trying to hold it all together, but then as soon as I walked down that little lane, I was a mess. I was hugging the camera crew, just bawling. Even when I was sat in the chair trying to give that [post-tribal] confessional, it took me about 20 minutes to compose myself.

"I was so close and I'd come so far...I thought I had it, you know?"

Aussie actress Pia Miranda was crowned the winner last night.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 10

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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