Egg Boy donates $100k to victims
EGG Boy has donated $99,922.36 to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15 which killed 51 people.
Teenager Will Connolly made headlines around the world after cracking a raw egg over controversial former politician Fraser Anning's head.
The egging came after Mr Anning made victim-blaming comments in the wake of Christchurch mosque shootings.
Mr Connolly was arrested following the incident which also saw Mr Anning and his supporters retaliate, with one crowd member holding him on the ground in a chokehold.
This prompted the creation of a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his legal fees. However, Mr Connolly promised to donate the money to the victims.
"Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape, $99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support," he said on Instagram last night.
"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."
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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. ❤️🙌🏻
Within an hour so of posting his message to Instagram, Mr Connolly had received countless comments and more than 40,000 likes. The post has now been liked over 72,000 times.
Following the egging incident, Mr Connolly spoke to The Project, saying "it was not the right thing to do".
"I understand what I did was not the right thing to do and I can understand why some people react the way they did," the teenager said.
Mr Connolly said there was "no reason to physically attack anyone" ever and his mother was, "Glad I stood up for what I believe in but she definitely disagrees with the way I did it".
"I understand what I did was not the right thing to do, however, this egg has united people, and money has been raised, tens of thousands of dollars has been raised for those victims," he added.
The teenager, who described himself as "pro-humanity" rather than political, said he had listened to the senator speak for an hour before deciding to egg him.
Elsewhere, Mr Connolly became a meme sensation following the run-in with former senator Mr Anning.
Memes exploded on social media hailing him as an "unsung hero" following the dark days after the attack.
This article originally appeared on The New Zealand Herald and was reproduced with permission