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'Egg Boy' Donates $70K to Mosque Shooting Survivors

'It wasn't mine to keep,' writes kid who egged Australian politician who blamed immigration
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2019 2:23 AM CDT
In this image made from video, Connolly breaks an egg on the head of Senator Fraser Anning while he holds a press conference, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After "Egg Boy" Will Connolly cracked an egg on the head of far-right Australian Sen. Fraser Anning in March, supporters raised almost $100,000 Australian dollars to pay his legal fees—and "buy more eggs." The teenager says he isn't keeping a penny. The 17-year-old, who egged Anning the day after the senator blamed immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings, says he is giving all the money to assist victims, the Age reports. In an Instagram post, Will said that after "a huge amount of red tape," he has donated $99,276, which works out to almost $70,000 US, to the Christchurch Foundation and Victim Support.

After lawyers represented him pro bono, "I decided to donate all monies to help provide some relief to the victims of the massacre," Will wrote. "It wasn’t mine to keep." He thanked the GoFundMe donors and added: "To the victims of the Tragedy, I whole heartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you." Lawyer Peter Gordon confirmed that the transfer had been made. "We're all very proud of him," he said. "It's a good ending to a very interesting story." Police gave Will an official caution after the egging but did not charge him, the BBC reports. As for Anning, he failed to win a new term in Australia's May 18 election and will leave office on June 30. (Read more Australia stories.)

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