The Australian teenager, known as "egg boy" after he cracked an egg on the head of a Senator who had extreme views on race and immigration, has donated almost $100,000 from GoFundMe campaigns to help those affected by the mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Australian teenager, known as “egg boy” after he cracked an egg on the head of a Senator who had extreme views on race and immigration, has donated almost A$100,000 from GoFundMe campaigns to help those affected by the mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Will Connolly became known as “egg boy” after the incident with Queensland Senator Fraser Anning in Melbourne in March. Anning then tried to punch Connolly twice. with one punch hitting the boy in the face.
Connolly was arrested before being released pending further inquiries. He was not charged.
Two GoFundMe campaigns were started, not by Connolly, to collect donations to cover the teenager’s legal fees and to buy “more eggs”.
Anning was widely condemned a day earlier when he said the Christchurch attack highlighted “growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence” in Australian and New Zealand communities. Fifty-one people died in the Christchurch shooting.
Connolly promised to donate any money raised to help those affected by the Christchurch tragedy.
On Monday night, he posted on Instagram: “Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape, $99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support, TVNZ reported.
“For those of you who don’t know, there were two GoFundMe pages set up to help cover the cost of my legal fees and to ‘buy more eggs’.
“Gratefully, Gordon Legal acted pro-bono for me so I don’t have any legal fees.
“I decided to donate all monies to help provide some relief to the victims of the massacre … it wasn’t mine to keep.
“To the victims of the tragedy, I wholeheartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you.”
Victim Support, which is coordinating donations in New Zealand, confirmed receipt of the donation from “Egg Boy”.
Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso said: “Funds raised have been invaluable in helping those affected to rebuild their lives. The compassion and empathy shown by New Zealanders has been overwhelming.
“We continue to engage with the victims and their families in the lead up to the final payment, which will be made before the end of June. Every cent pledged has and will continue to be distributed to the victims.”