Two lucky fans got to meet star actor & philanthropist Chris Hemsworth at the 'Avengers: Infinity War' premiere. The winners, flown in from Australia, got to know the legendary actor and experience what life is like in the Hollywood spotlight. The sweepstakes benefited the Australian Childhood Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children recover from abuse, neglect, and family violence. Hear first-hand about their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
How did you hear about the sweepstakes?
Through Chris' instagram post. I have been following him for years and when I saw his post I couldn't resist the chance to win a trip of a lifetime. Even if i had lost- I was more than happy to donate money to the Australian Childhood Foundation.
What was your reaction when you learned you were the winner?
I listened to the voicemail that IfOnly had left me and my heart started beating about a thousand beats per minute. I was thinking that there had been some sort of mistake or that somebody was pranking me. I checked my emails and sure enough there was an email from IfOnly informing me that I won. I was in shock and just stood there stunned. I called the number back and spoke to an IfOnly representative in disbelief that this had actually just happened and that I would be flying to LA in a few days to meet Chris and attend the premiere.
"It was the craziest thing that has ever happened to me in my life."
I paid $10 which was the minimum entry requirement. That's why I was so sceptical I had won.
What was it like meeting with Chris Hemsworth?
I've been following Chris' career for years and to be able to meet him as a fellow Australian was honestly a dream come true. I ruptured my ACL last year which led to me requiring a knee reconstruction. The following weeks I was on crutches and could barely walk. There was only one thing on my mind, and that was to get back on my feet in time to attend the release of Thor Ragnarok. I ended up watching every single interview that Chris had done for Ragnarok leading up to its release. Which I did manage to attend on my crutches, on day one.
"To be given the opportunity to tell Chris that he helped me get through that difficult time of my life was amazing."
He mentioned you on his Instagram, looks like your feed blew up!
It was crazy to be featured on his instagram story. He asked me what my username was and he started following me! He doesn't follow many people on instagram and to be someone he follows still blows my mind.
"I very much do feel like a VIP. How many people can say that Chris Hemsworth follows them on instagram!"
What was your favorite part of the whole experience?
It's tough to call between the meet and greet with Chris or the actual premiere where we got to walk the red (well, purple) carpet. I think being able to tell people that I saw Avengers: Infinity War at the world premiere with the entire cast takes the cake.
"I will remember this for the rest of my life."
Now that you and Chris are friends now, will you be joining the Avengers in the next film?
If Chris asks me to join the Avengers I will immediately start freaking out. I'll try and play it cool and say something like "Yes Chris. Of course. I would love to join the Avengers" then start hitting the gym 24/7. You also gotta look the part to be an Avenger.
Any message for others out there who are thinking about benefiting a foundation and entering into a future IfOnly sweepstakes?
JUST DO IT! When I entered the competition never in a million years did I think I was actually going to win. For only $10, you would be crazy not to. And if you lose, its not like you've thrown that money away, it goes towards supporting a foundation that is trying to do some good in the world.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Chris Hemsworth Avengers Sweepstakes! To support the Australian Childhood Foundation, you can make a donation here.