I’m A Consensus Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here
Many of us have been among the millions of viewers glued to the TV screen these last few weeks to watch the annual I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, laughing at Ant and Dec’s jokes and squirming at the challenges and Bushtucker Trials.
The supported individuals and care team at Station Road took their love of the show one step further and have had their own version running alongside the broadcast, complete with Bushtucker Trials and Dingo Dollar Challenges.
Event organiser Michelle explained, “It all began with a small picture quiz about I’m A Celeb in 2018 as quite a few of the individuals and the team enjoyed watching the show. Then during a 2019 activity meeting held with everyone at Station Road it was suggested that we would do a quiz again along with a mini Bushtucker Trial.”
This quickly escalated to ‘let’s do a full Bushtucker Trial’ with lots of support and enthusiasm from the individuals who really wanted to see the idea take off. So, Michelle suggested that anyone who was willing to eat and drink something somewhat unusual should sign up.
“The willing victims – sorry staff – volunteered themselves and we had two camps, Croc Creek and Snake Rock, the same as Ant and Dec,” explained Michelle. “The supported individuals decided which celebrities would join them in which camp and a board with everyone’s picture was on show.
“Everyone was involved, we had Karen’s Kiosk for the dingo dollar challenge and a dunny. The supported individuals cheered on their celebrities as they tried to find stars for their camp and we all loved the fact that this idea had come right through to fruition.”
Station Road Bushtucker challenges started with the not so scary mystery feely boxes, moving on to the more serious with eating involved and some not so nice flavours.
“We used a mix of meal worms, sardines and banana, progressing on to our own version of fisheyes, bug pizza, snake curry and koala balls as well as bug kebabs. We also had clear bowls of nasty which our celebrities had to put their faces in and find the stars,” said Michelle.
“The especially prepared bush tucker was offered around to everyone but strangely there were not too many takers.”
In the final Lucy was crowned as the first Queen of the Station Road jungle. She joins famous I’m a Celeb winners such as DJ Tony Blackburn who won the first series back in 2002 and current Queen of the Jungle former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa. Other winners include Football Manager Harry Redknapp, X Factor contestant Stacey Solomon and Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt. Michelle added, “Everyone was included in the event and kept entertained throughout, there was lots of cheering and clapping as well as moans and groan. Even though some of the willing victims/celebrity staff were a little green and the dunny was busy we all agreed it was an amazing time for all. Will there be another one – we will have to wait and see.”