Bri Dredge a Ballarat, Victoria school teacher has vowed to use her Australia’s ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire,’ $20 000 winnings to buy footwear for every one of her school’s 200 students.
According to a report via Australia’s Herald Sun the 32 year old Yuille Park Community College teacher decided rather than using the winnings on herself she wanted to inspire ‘others to get out of their comfort zone.’
Thanks to the teacher’s generosity, some 200 students will have shoes for the coming winter.
Told the teacher of her goal ahead of the winning answer: ‘…to give back to a community that gives so much to us,’
‘If you’ve got warm, dry feet, you’re able to learn.’
The teacher would win the bounty after handed the question, ‘First published in 1929, is T.S Eliot’s famous work ‘Old Possums Book Of Practical’ what?”
The potential answers were: A. Birds. B. Cats. C. Advice. D. Poetry.
Unsure of her answer the teacher incorrectly plumped for poetry as her answer but host Eddie McGuire urged her to ‘have another think.’
Dredge then changed her answer to cats with the quizmaster immediately proclaiming having the right answer.
Told the teacher after Thursday’s winnings via Australia’s AP: ‘I walked into school and every student in the whole school has given me a hug and said thank you,’
‘The look on their faces was worth all the money that I won.’
Following her win McGuire is reported as saying he helped give away the money because he got caught up in the moment.
‘It was her act of kindness. I couldn’t help but get swept up in it,’
‘The whole idea for people to come on the show is to get a little bit of magic, a little bit of gold dust to come their way.’
McGuire said he gave a fleeting thought to how Nine boss David Gyngell would react to the $20,000 giveaway, but reasoned ‘if Gyng didn’t want to pay up, I’d kick in the amount myself.’