The fierce rivalry between Arrow star Stephen Amell and WWE’s Stardust has been fun to watch unfold. After months of sparring via social media, the two finally met in an amazing SummerSlam when Amell made his WWE debut, teaming up with Neville to crush Stardust and King Barrett at The Biggest Party of the Summer.
While the exchange of tweets and the actual showdown has been a joy to watch, it’s also worth noting that this rivalry has done some good. On August 18th, Amell announced via his Twitter that he had collaborated with the WWE to release an official t-shirt. All proceeds from sales of the Amell Vs Stardust shirt went to support Emily’s House Children’s Hospice, based in Toronto.
Now Amell has teamed up with Stardust, setting their differences aside to hand over a check for $297,557 to Emily’s House, and making a joint appearance to open a new playroom at the hospice. The Dream Space Playroom is dedicated to the memory of Oliver “Odd Sock Ollie” Muirhead, a young boy who passed away in July from Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML). He and his family made use of the facilities and care provided by Emily’s House.
The fundraiser’s original goal was to sell 1000 shirts, but then (on Twitter) Stardust promised to present the check in person if over 10,000 shirts were sold; in the end they sold over 15,000 and the amount of money donated doubled. Posting on his Facebook page, Amell thanked Cody Rhodes (Stardust), calling him a “selfless, genuine human being” and praising the staff of Emily’s house:
Emily’s House is a non-profit hospice providing respite, practical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement care to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. However long a child’s life might be, whether weeks, months or just a few short years, the support of a hospice can be invaluable to families dealing with a son, daughter or sibling having a life-limiting illness. It also gives the children in their care a chance to learn and play and just be kids again without worry.
The rivalry between Amell and Stardust has undoubtedly been one of the social media highlights in recent months and it’s great to see high profile celebrities using their appeal for some good. We might well see them battling it out in the ring once again, but we know that underneath it all is two really good guys. Those reading this article, you can also donate to Emily’s House HERE.
The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7th at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Source: Stephen Amell