Luke Toki Explains His Decision To Shut Off GoFundMe Page
The People's Champion, Luke Toki, has explained why he and his wife Mary decided to stop fans donating to their GoFundMe.
The page was set up by 'Australian Survivor' fan David Skow after Luke's devastating exit from the competition and, within less than a week, had attracted more than $550,000 from supporters.
But after the number crawled past the half a million-dollar mark, Skow announced the donations had been stopped "on Luke and Mary's request", saying it was "the right thing" to do.
Luke briefly announced the news on Instagram on Friday but has now explained to WA's Sunday Times that he didn't "want to take anything more" after seeing how much had been raised.
"You get people saying they are waiting to be paid so they can donate," he said, adding that he'd grown up "living pay cheque to pay cheque".
"It speaks volumes about the kindness of these people who are donating. They have their own goals and their own bills, so they need to look after themselves."
Luke joined 'Survivor' for the second time in two years, hoping to win the $500,000 prize money to support his young family.
His sons Nate and Lennox are both on the autism spectrum and require therapy sessions and his newborn daughter Madeleine was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just weeks before he left for Fiji.
The Tokis will be donating the excess GoFundMe cash (about $50k) to charity and have urged fans who still wish to contribute to send the money to 'Care Today, Cure Tomorrow', a collaboration between Cystic Fibrosis WA and Telethon Kids Institute.
The couple told 10 News First in Perth over the weekend that "thank you doesn't cover it" when it comes to the generosity of fans.
"We're just extremely grateful for giving us such a good start to the kids' lives," Mary Toki said.
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