The Amazing Race Australia crowned its winners during Thursday’s nerve-wracking grand finale, but there was an unexpected twist.
TV presenter Darren McMullen, 41, and his nephew Tristan Dougan, 26, were first to make it to the winning mat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and were greeted by host Beau Ryan.
However, upon arrival, Darren and Tristan made the selfless decision to not step on the winning mat until the other finalists – Emma and Hayley Watkins and Alli and Angie Simpson – arrived so the prize money could be split between their charities.
‘We’re not ready to come on. We think everyone should come on at the same time. Those girls are phenomenal and an inspiration,’ Darren told host Beau Ryan.
‘I think they deserve to be here with us and stepping on first place.’
Meanwhile, finalists Emma and Hayley Watkins and Alli and Angie Simpson soon arrived and were absolutely stunned to hear Darren’s heartwarming decision.
‘That is amazing,’ Hayley said while her sister Emma was so overcome with emotion she burst into tears.
The teams all then joined hands and jumped on the winning mat together, ensuring that all three sides were crowned winners.
‘You are all the first team to check in. You’ve all raised well-earned money for your charities and you are the winners,’ Beau told the three excited teams.
The teams then burst into tears and hugged each other.
Each team was playing to win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Darren and Tristan were competing for Feel the Magic, a charity which offers grief support programs for children and teenagers and Emma and Hayley for Leonie Jackson Memorial Fund, which focuses on support for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Meanwhile, Alli and Angie were racing for Dementia Australia.
It is unclear if the shared victory means each charity gets $100,000 or if the prize money is split between the three charities.