Benji Marshall was crowned the winner of Celebrity Apprentice in an emotional final – but his incredible run after that didn’t work out.
Celebrity Apprentice 2022 winner Benji Marshall has made an amazing announcement about his prize money.
In an interview on KIIS FM Will and Woody show on Wednesday afternoon, it was revealed that the former NRL star had made a phone call to the radio host – and Intern castmates – shortly after the grand finale was filmed, in a scene that was never shown.
“Something the TV show didn’t show was that Benji called me after the final – because I did come back to help him with the final challenge – to thank me for being involved in the final,” Woody Whitelaw explained.
“He took $30,000 of the money he made, and he put $30,000 into Gotcha4Life.”
Gotcha4Life is an organization that aims to prevent suicide through programs and social connections.
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Marshall also spread love among his other friends at the event – another $30,000 went to charity Samantha Jade Cancer Council Australia, $30,000 for Vince Colosimo’s Dementia Australia and $30,000 for Carers Australia from Bronte Campbell.
During a radio interview, it was revealed that Gotcha4Life was actually Marshall’s first preference charity to support.
“Before the show started, Will and I locked up Gotcha4Life as our charity. So all the money we raise will be donated to Gotcha4Life. Benji was late in replying to an email with a charity what he wanted to do, and his first choice was Gotcha4Life,” said Woody.
“And Benji, you’ve raised money for an amazing charity at Souths Cares, and I know it’s very close to your heart… But just to compare Gotcha4Life’s bad charities Will and I raised $20,000 and Benji, all in all, how much money did you collect?”
“$540,000,” Marshall laughed.
Ex-emotional sports star announced as winner Celebrity Intern on Tuesday night after it was revealed he was the biggest fundraiser, beating runners-up Darren McMullen.
In their most recent event – which saw both contestants make a final push to raise funds for their charities of choice – Marshall scooped a whopping $387,105 in the final challenge, compared to McMullen’s $172,617.
The former NRL star was given an additional $100,000 in prize money, which he had pledged to Souths Cares.
Closely affiliated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, this organization supports disadvantaged and marginalized youth and their families through education, training, health and employment.