Source: Huffington Post
By Carol Kuruvilla
Will Connolly, the Australian teen who egged an anti-Muslim politician, said funds he got through GoFundMe campaigns weren’t “mine to keep.”
The Australian teenager who shot to worldwide fame after “egging” an Islamophobic politician who made inflammatory remarks about New Zealand’s mosque massacre said he’s donated almost $70,000 to the shooting’s victims.
Will Connolly, 17, earned the nickname “Egg Boy” in March after he was filmed cracking an egg over the head of then-Sen. Fraser Anning, a right-wing Australian politician widely condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for the deadly attacks. Anning, who lost re-election earlier this month, responded by slugging Connolly in the face.
Police ultimately decided not to charge Connolly or Anning over the March 16 incident. They issued a caution to Connolly and concluded that Anning had reacted in self-defense.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Connolly said two Go Fund Me campaigns were set up to help him cover legal fees and “buy more eggs.” The campaigns raised $99,922 in Australian dollars, he said, or about $69,171 in U.S. currency.
Connolly said the law firm that represented him after the egging did so for free, and that the contributions weren’t “mine to keep.”
The teen said that “after a huge amount of red tape,” the money has been transferred to two New Zealand-based charities supporting the massacre’s victims, the Christchurch Foundation and Victim Support.