Will Connolly, the Australian teenager who was dubbed “Egg Boy” after the infamous viral incident involving Senator Fraser Anning ending up with egg on his face. 17-year-old Connolly smashed an egg over Senator Anning’s head in the wake of the tragic New Zealand mosque attacks by white nationalists. Anning responded by punching Connolly, and his entourage tackled the teenager soon after.
After over 50 people died in the March attacks at Christchurch mosques, Senator Anning publicly blamed Muslims, specifically immigrants to New Zealand, for the attack and for inciting hatred and divisiveness. Connolly’s response sent shockwaves through the media, with some calling Connolly a hero and others deeming him immature or even violent.
Connolly’s GoFundMe Campaigns
Although many found laughter and healing in Connolly’s actions, he faced potential legal ramifications. Although he was ultimately cleared of all charges, Connolly’s supporters set up two GoFundMe campaigns for him to pay for his legal fees (with many suggesting, tongue-in-cheek, that he also use the funds to buy “more eggs”). The campaigns were highly successful, attracting donations from around the globe.
Connolly procured a pro bono lawyer, so he didn’t have exorbitant legal fees. He announced soon after the launch of the GoFundMe campaigns that he’d actually be donating the funds to survivors’ causes. He recently shared on Instagram that, after a great deal of red tape, he was finally able to transfer the nearly $100,000 AUSD that both of his GoFundMe pages raised to two organizations helping survivors of the mosque attacks and their families.
The Christchurch Massacre Victims and Survivors
The money from Connolly’s GoFundMe pages was sent to two worthy causes, both of which support survivors of the traumatic mosque attacks. The first, Christchurch Foundation, is a charity that supports community causes based in Christchurch, while Victim Support is an organization in New Zealand that helps victims of trauma like the recent terror attacks rebuild their lives and heal from pain.