Former Australian Survivor star Luke Toki has been crowned the winner of Big Brother VIP Australia 2021.
During Tuesday night’s nail-biting finale, Luke and models Ellie Gonsalves and Josh Carroll were the last three celebrities remaining in Big Brother’s hotel.
Since entering the competition, the stars have been battling it out for one thing: $100,000 for their chosen charities.
The final three stood trial to a public vote and Australia rallied behind Luke, awarding him his first reality TV win to date.
The 35-year-old walked away with $100k for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Research.
“I’m so happy,” the beloved star said after learning of his win. “I cannot believe it!”
Host Sonia Kruger asked the father-of-three what winning the series meant to him, to which he responded: “Well, it means I get to go home to Lennox and tell him that Dad won!”
Why Luke Toki’s Charity Holds A Special Place In His Heart
Like most of the Big Brother VIP contestants, Luke’s designated charity was specifically chosen due to the emotional link he has with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
The Survivor personality’s two-year-old daughter Madeline has suffered from cystic fibrosis since shortly after birth. He also shared two sons, Lennox, 10, and Nate, eight, with his wife Mary.
“Perth children’s foundation, they saved my daughter’s life… Once every few months I get to see the doctors and the nurses. I just want to say thanks, and thanks for looking after her,” Luke said earlier in the episode.
Celebrating the win for his charity, he said it was “so great” to head back to Perth Children’s Hospital “with a big stack of cash, $110,000!”
Luke won an extra $10,000 for his cause when competing in the last challenge of the series.
Luke Couldn’t Have Won Without Big Brother VIP Fans
“This one’s for you,” Luke told those who voted for him during the finale.
“I’ve finally done it. I’ve won something,” he said, referring to the times he narrowly missed out on being Australia’s Sole Survivor.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me… I will remember this moment forever… love you guys!”
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