& # 39; They have their own goals and accounts & # 39 ;: Australian Survivor Luke Toki explains why he canceled his GoFundMe campaign after fans raised more than $ 550,000 for his family
Luke Toki from the Australian survivor stopped donations on his GoFundMe page after the money raised exceeded the $ 500,000 target.
After funds hit $ 550,000, Luke and his wife Mary, parents of two sons in the autism spectrum and a daughter with cystic fibrosis and bowel disease, closed the page with the additional $ 50,000 in charity.
And in an interview with The Sunday Times, the 33-year-old explained why he canceled the campaign and said that people should pay their & # 39; own goals and bills & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They have their own goals and accounts & # 39 ;: 33-year-old Australian Survivor & # 39; s Luke Toki explained to The Sunday Times why he canceled his GoFundMe campaign after fans over $ 550,000 for his family had collected
& # 39; You get people who say they are waiting to get paid so they can donate, I grew up with a living paycheck; that was a good slap in my life, & Luke began.
& # 39; It speaks volumes about the friendliness of these people who donate. They have their own goals and their own bills, so they have to take care of themselves. & # 39;
Luke had hoped to win the $ 500,000 cash prize from Australian Survivor to raise money for his children.
The FIFO employee and his wife Mary share two sons, Lennox and Nate, who are in the autism spectrum, as well as daughter Madeline with cystic fibrosis and bowel obstruction (a blockage or obstruction in the gut).
Thankful: & # 39; It speaks volumes about the friendliness of these people who donate. They have their own goals and their own bills, so they have to take care of themselves, & Luke said
She had to undergo two separate operations within a few days of her birth.
A Survivor superfan, Dave Skow, created the GoFundMe page for Luke and his family, donating the more than $ 50,000 to charity Cystic Fibrosis: Care Today, Cure Tomorrow.
Luke first spoke about his decision to stop the campaign and told The Daily Telegraph & # 39; s Confidential on Thursday: & # 39; We asked the man who started it because we didn't think it was fair to continue. & # 39;
& # 39; We didn't think it was fair to keep it up & # 39 ;: Luke first spoke of his decision to stop the campaign in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Thursday. Depicted on the project
Overwhelmed: he also said that his wife, Mary (photo), is overwhelmed by the donations and what it will mean for their children and their lives
The dedicated father of three thanked the nation for his generosity, but said he thought it was right to close the page before more money was donated.
He also said that his wife is overwhelmed by the donations and what it will mean for their children and their lives.
Luke added: & # 39; I would like to send a message to anyone who has made a donation, but thanks seems not enough. The only way I can pay people back is to make sure we spend the money well. & # 39;
Luke said he will use the money to pay off their family's mortgage and his children's current medical bills.
Pay: according to the creator of the GoFundMe page, Survivor superfan Dave Skow, the more than $ 50,000 is donated to charity Cystic Fibrosis: Care Today, Cure Tomorrow
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