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Benji Marshall is crowned the winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia

Benji Marshall was crowned the winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia on Tuesday’s final episode.

The rugby league footballer beat television host Darren McMullen for the prize, $100,000 for his chosen charity.

Benji raised an additional $387,105 at his latest event, bringing it to a total of $487,105 for his charity, Souths Cares, a non-profit organization closely associated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club.

Benji Marshall (pictured) was crowned the winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia on Tuesday's final episode

Benji Marshall (pictured) was crowned the winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia on Tuesday’s final episode

‘Who would have thought, just a washed up footy player… winning Celebrity Apprentice. We raised nearly half a million dollars,” Benji said after his win.

During the episode, the two finalists had been tasked with creating an event, and whoever raised the most money would take the crown.

“You’ve been a bit of a character on the show. What was your event?’ Lord Sugar asked Darren.

The rugby league footballer beat television host Darren McMullen (pictured) for the prize, $100,000 for his chosen charity

The rugby league footballer beat television host Darren McMullen (pictured) for the prize, $100,000 for his chosen charity

“So in line with the charity, I felt it would be good to lean into the whole magical element of it and give a magical island extravaganza, acrobats, magicians, a band playing ethereal and magical music, celebrity chef cooks, and, uh, people with a lot of money. That was the plan,” Darren replied.

“I hope your wizards were much better than me, because I’ve been trying to make you disappear for ages. What happened to your black book now?’ asked Lord Sugar.

“If you’re hosting an event of this magnitude, you’ll be bogged down in logistics so much of your time that I couldn’t do it. What I was good at was connecting with a black book and raising money,” Darren replied.

“What you did was inspired, this website you did online, right?  This was a fantastic idea.  And you auctioned things like traveling to Japan, is that right?  And Nick here said you had no shame,

“What you did was inspired, this website you did online, right? This was a fantastic idea. And you auctioned things like traveling to Japan, is that right? And Nick here said you had no shame,” Lord Sugar said of Darren’s event

‘Yes. So in the end I certainly do my best, but um, a lot of calls went unanswered.’

“What you did was inspired, this website you did online, right? This was a fantastic idea. And you auctioned things like traveling to Japan, is that right? And Nick here said you weren’t ashamed,” Lord Sugar continued.

“You went around the room and harassed everyone there. Trying to get something out of it, is that right?’

“You went around the room and harassed everyone there.  Trying to get something out of it, is that right?'  Lord Sugar asked

“You went around the room and harassed everyone there. Trying to get something out of it, is that right?’ Lord Sugar asked

“No shame is probably a blessing and a curse, I guess.  And, uh, it's a blessing in a situation like this because we were able to raise really serious people,

“No shame is probably a blessing and a curse, I guess. And, uh, it’s a blessing in a situation like this because we were able to raise really serious people,” said Darren.

“No shame is probably a blessing and a curse, I guess. And, uh, it’s a blessing in a situation like this because we were able to raise really serious people,” said Darren.

He then discussed why he chose his chosen charity, Feel the Magic, which provides early intervention bereavement education programs for children ages 7 to 17.

Mental health has been a big part of my life. I’ve had friends who died early and left behind young children. I’ve had my family lose parents early and I’ve seen the impact that has had on them. They think their father is dead and must try to resuscitate them.’

‘That was my, my cousin, you know, my uncle. And he followed the route that many people take and that is substance abuse and mental health problems. And it’s just really important to me. I think we can nip that in the bud early on. And they are the only charity in Australia that cares for grieving children.”

Lord Sugar then turned his attention to Benji.  “Listen, Benji, you came here a year later as an ex-footballer and you're already in a final.  So the theme of your event was dream big' he said

Lord Sugar then turned his attention to Benji. “Listen, Benji, you came here a year later as an ex-footballer and you’re already in a final. So the theme of your event was dream big’ he said

“The reason I love being involved in this charity is because the kids remind me of me when I was a kid.  I feel very connected to them' Benji . replied

“The reason I love being involved in this charity is because the kids remind me of me when I was a kid. I feel very connected to them’ Benji . replied

Lord Sugar then turned his attention to Benji.

“Listen, Benji, you came here a year later as an ex-footballer and you’re already in a final. So the theme of your event was dream big,” he said.

“The reason I love being involved in this charity is because the kids remind me of me when I was a kid. I feel very close to them,” Benji replied.

In the end, the results spoke for themselves as Darren raised $172,617 while Benji raised a whopping $387,105 and won the match

In the end, the results spoke for themselves as Darren raised $172,617 while Benji raised a whopping $387,105 and won the match

Lord Sugar stated, “Benji, I am pleased to say that you are the winner of the celebrity apprentice with the extra $100,000, you have raised $487,105.  That's a lot, a lot of money.  Fantastic.  Well done'

Lord Sugar stated, “Benji, I am pleased to say that you are the winner of the celebrity apprentice with the extra $100,000, you have raised $487,105. That’s a lot, a lot of money. Fantastic. Well done’

“The main thing I wanted to get out of this event was to inspire kids to dream as big as you want. Believe in yourself, work hard and you will be amazed at what can happen.”

Judge Janine Allis cut in: ‘You could see it in the eyes of the kids that you achieved it, your goal, that was great.

“But you have three options for raising money. And the first, of course, was the sponsorship. The second was good. The last one was ticket sales, and I was so impressed that you had thousands of dollars worth of merchandise laying there. And then you just gave it away.’

The two finalists hugged when the winner was announced

The two finalists hugged when the winner was announced

‘To be honest. I probably made a lot of bad business decisions in the sense that I could have raised more money, but I could have missed this opportunity to give her kids free stuff,” Benji said.

In the end, the results spoke for themselves as Darren raised $172,617 while Benji raised a whopping $172,617 $387,105 and won the match.

Lord Sugar stated, “Benji, I am pleased to say that you are the winner of the celebrity apprentice with the extra $100,000, you have raised $487,105. That’s a lot, a lot of money. Fantastic. Well done.’

Pictured: Judges Nick Bell, Lord Sugar and Janine Allis

Pictured: Judges Nick Bell, Lord Sugar and Janine Allis

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