Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has shared how amazing it is to work alongside children for Amazon's charity campaign.
JOHNNY RUFFO: Amazon Australia are an amazing company to want to help the Starlight Children's Foundation. They donate toys and much-needed funds that go towards the Starlight Children's Foundation. So every toy that's purchased from the stop-motion video, they're donating a $1, up to $45,000, on top of $55,000 worth of toys, up to $100,000. All of that's going to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
These kids are-- they're going through such turmoil, I suppose. And you know, I have my own battles as well. But these kids, they're so strong. They have such resilience. And just seeing that, you're like, wow, if these kids can muster up the strength to be able to get through what they're going through, then surely I can. They are absolutely inspiring.
Meeting the kids was great. It's always fun to meet the kids. I've been involved with the Playmakers now for, I think, four years. I think I have more fun than the kids do sometimes, because you don't know what you're going to do. Like, every year is different. I think this year was one of the most fun. Being able to put a smile on the kids' faces and take them away from their everyday life and the rigmarole of what they are actually going through, and being able to remove them from that environment and just put a smile on their face is priceless.
Charlie was incredible with them. You know, she's had so much experience working with children, and I was a little bit out of my depth. And I was like, Charlie was just incredible to work with. And I was like, wow, you take the reins. She was awesome. And I just sort of sat back and watched. And I was like, wow, she's just so good working with children.
You can't put a price on it, how much it means to these kids. They don't realize it. But also to the Starlight Children's Foundation. They can do so much with this, whether it's just buying paint or refurbishing one of their centers. Like, I've spent some time in the Starlight Children's centers and the people that work there, the volunteers, they're incredible. Like, the time that they put in, the volunteers, like, they're doing it of their own free will. The time that they put in is amazing.