Rebecca Cartwright’s win on hit TV show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday night was also a win for the AIDS Trust Of Australia.

Every time viewers called to vote for Cartwright, the AIDS Trust -“ her designated charity -“ received funds. While the total amount raised was not known before Sydney Star Observer went to press, the AIDS Trust’s CEO Terry Trethowan said, Given the number of people who were voting, we’re expecting a good amount of money.

Trethowan was absolutely thrilled Cartwright had helped raise not only money but the profile of the charity. Since Cartwright’s image was put on AIDS Trust collection buckets around Sydney a few weeks ago, money raised has gone up significantly, Trethowan said.

She’s really well-informed about HIV/AIDS and really committed to the cause, rather than just being a face of the campaign. She’s actually really actively involved in supporting it.

Cartwright was still in huge shock but stoked after beating fellow competitor Pauline Hanson in the grand final. I don’t think it’s hit home yet. I really honestly wasn’t expecting it. I thought Pauline had it, she told the Star.

While she was sad the show was over and she expects to have withdrawals from it, Cartwright admitted she was looking forward to getting some sleep. For the past three months she’s worked around the clock juggling filming commitments on Home And Away and rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars.

The actress said that while her dancing skills definitely improved over the course of the show, she believed her increased confidence had a lot to do with winning. The longer the competition went on, the more confident we all felt about it. At first I was holding back a little bit and was quite shy, whereas I realised you just have to get out there and give it a go and have fun with it, and that makes a huge difference.

Cartwright became passionate about helping people with HIV/AIDS are visiting an orphanage for HIV-positive children in Vietnam.

It’s really upsetting the way people with HIV and AIDS are discriminated against within Australia, she told the Star last month.

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