Dawn Fraser has won the latest Celebrity Apprentice challenge, securing $40,000 for Riding for the Disabled.
Dawn Fraser has won the latest Celebrity Apprentice challenge, securing $40,000 for Riding for the Disabled. Geoff Potter

Dawn takes Apprentice ‘bitchiness’ to bring home the cash

PUTTING up with the "bitchiness" in the Celebrity Apprentice challenge was all worthwhile for Dawn Fraser when she received a cheque for $40,000 for her Sunshine Coast charity, Riding for the Disabled.

The Olympic golden girl, who now calls Noosa home, was moved to tears when she discovered her team had won the most-recent challenge.

"It was very special," she said.

"It didn't look like we were going to win."

The episode, which screened on Tuesday night, highlighted the animosity between the four remaining females in Team Supreme - social commentator Prue MacSween, businesswoman Roxy Jacenko, swimmer Stephanie Rice and Dawn.

Dawn said she had struggled to "keep the peace" as team leader.

"I wanted to tell them to shut up," she said.

"They'd forgotten that it's not about them, it's about the charity."

Tuesday night was the first chance Dawn had to see the behind-the-scenes interviews with the celebrities. She was taken aback at the "nasty things they said''.

She said Prue and Stephaniewere the problem, not Roxy.

What kept her spirits up during the long hours of screening and the tiresome backstabbing was the knowledge Riding for the Disabled would get a much-needed funding boost.

"I tried to enjoy it as much as I could, but it was particularly hard," Dawn said. "I kept on thinking that it was all for charity - that's what we came on the show for. But I didn't like all the bitchiness that was going on."

Dawn has "kept in touch" with a few of the celebrities, but neither Steph nor Prue are on her Christmas card list.

While reality shows are known for exaggerating minor spats, Dawn said there was no exaggeration about the animosity between her and Stephanie. "But I kept my focus on my charity,'' Dawn said.

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