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“We’re finally out of debt”: Survivor’s Luke shuts down GoFundMe page

After fans donate $550,000 to support his family
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Australian Survivor’s Luke Toki revealed last week that he was overwhelmed by fan’s generous donations after a GoFundMe page was set up following his devastating eviction from the competition.

However, over the weekend, the father of three sensationally requested that the page – which was set up by Survivor fan David Skow – be shut down. At the time of the page’s closure, over $550,000 had been raised.

WATCH: Survivor’s Luke Toki thanks fans for donating to GoFundMe

And now, Luke has opened up about the reason for his decision.

After briefly announcing the news via his Instagram account, Luke opened up to WA’s Sunday Times, explaining 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”.

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“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 was open from the start about his motivation behind joining Survivor for a second time, (he previously took part in 2017) explaining he was hoping to win the $500,000 prize money to help his family.

The reality star’s 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.

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Following his request for the GoFundMe page to be shut down, Luke has revealed he will be donating the excess money – which totals around $50,000 to charity. He has also urged fans who still wish to send money to donate to to ‘Care Today, Cure Tomorrow’, a collaboration between Cystic Fibrosis WA and Telethon Kids Institute.

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