Friday 20 September 2019

‘Egg Boy’ Will Connolly donates £55,000 to Christchurch mosque attack survivors

The teenager cracked an egg on the head of an Australian politician over remarks he made about the attack.

Will Connolly, right, splatted an egg on the head of Queensland senator Fraser Anning (AP)
Will Connolly, right, splatted an egg on the head of Queensland senator Fraser Anning (AP)

By Emily Chudy, Press Association

An Australian teenager dubbed “egg boy” after he threw an egg at a politician for his remarks about the Christchurch massacre has donated almost 100,000 Australian dollars (£55,000) to survivors.

Will Connolly, 17, rose to fame after he was captured splatting an egg on Queensland senator Fraser Anning, who had drawn scorn for blaming the March attack in which 51 people were killed on Muslim immigration.

As police investigated the incident, supporters of Mr Connolly raised thousands through GoFundMe to pay for his legal fees. A law firm volunteered to handle the case for free, though Mr Connolly was not charged.

The Melbourne teenager announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he had donated the money to two support groups for people affected by the shootings, the Christchurch Foundation and Victim Support.

Mr Connolly posted: “Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape, $99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victim Support.

“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 whole-heartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you… Keep spreading the love.”

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Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape,$99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support. For those of you who don’t know, there were 2 Go Fund Me pages set up to help cover the cost of my legal fees and to ‘buy more eggs’. Gratefully, Gordon Legal acted probono 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. I want to thank Corey and @sajjad12345 who set up the funds and every single person who donated to the money and made this possible. To the victims of the Tragedy, I whole heartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you. Keep spreading the love. ❤️🙌🏻

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Victim Support confirmed it had received a portion of Mr Connolly’s fund, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Police issued an official caution to Mr Connolly over the incident, which occurred at a political rally in Melbourne.

Police also investigated Mr Anning, who struck the teen twice after being egged, however they found he had acted in self-defence.

Mr Anning, who had sat in Australia’s Senate as an independent after quitting the One Nation party in 2018, was voted out in the country’s May general election.

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