Fan favourite Luke missed out on the Sole Survivor crown, and the $500,000 prize money that came with it during this year's Australian Survivor.
However, the much-loved star and his family were overwhelmed after viewers set up a crowd funding site raise money for Luke.
Luke’s wife Mary said she and her husband were “overwhelmed” by Australia’s extraordinary support, following his shock elimination, admitting they were struggling financially before he went on the show.
Speaking to New Idea, Mary said the money will help the young Perth family get out of debt.
“Luke went away to try and help our family, and it didn’t go exactly the way he hoped it would. So [this money] will actually get us out of a little bit of hell!” she said.
Eventually the couple stopped the GoFundMe page, saying that while they couldn't believe the generosity of fans, they didn't want to take any more cash from them.
"You get people saying they are waiting to be paid so they can donate," Luke told the Sunday Times.
"When I saw more than $500,000 was raised I thought it was a joke. I don't want to take anything more," he explained.