He might have become a half-millionaire this year, but not much has changed for Survivor’s Luke Toki.
The fan favourite won hearts across the nation after his second stint on the reality show got him within reaching distance of the $500,000 prize money, only to place third.
Toki has now revealed his family has received the $500,000 raised by the public through a GoFund Me page.
There are no lavish holidays or extravagant purchases, instead ensuring his family’s security by paying off his mortgage.
“I’m a homeowner now, I’m a 33-year-old home owner,” Toki told AAA.
“It’s definitely put us in a crazy new direction of where we thought we were going in life.”
Despite some financial freedom, the Baldivis father-of-three says it’s business as usual.
I’m a homeowner now, I’m a 33-year-old home owner…It’s definitely put us in a crazy new direction of where we thought we were going in life.
“Life is exactly the same, I get up at 4am I get changed, at the train station by 5, work by 6, I’m still doing the same things,” he said.
“I’ve got a good job I’m going to hold on to probably forever.”
Instead, Toki is passionate about having the ability to pay it forward.
“I was able to donate to Telethon and to a lady who has cancer at a garage sale, donated $10,000 to Perth Children’s Hospital, to cystic fibrosis, I’ve still got money to donate and I’m adding to that.”
When he left to compete on Survivor, Toki left home newborn daughter Madeline, who had survived life-threatening surgery following birth and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
“Madeline is an angel. She’s cute as,” he said.
“We took her to hospital and they told me they are super surprised how well she’s going.
“The main thing is she’s putting on weight. I actually put it down to how well we have maintained her medicines, I really think as parents we have taken on whatever the doctors have said.”