'Egg Boy' donates $100,000 to Christchurch mosque victims
Will Connolly made a name for himself earlier in the year when he went viral for egging Queensland senator Fraser Anning - but now, the teenager, widely known as 'Egg Boy', is using his newfound fame for good.
This week, the 17-year-old donated nearly $100,000 AUD to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack after the money was raised for his legal defense.
Connolly's cult status as Egg Boy first began back in March after far-right senator Anning claimed on Twitter that immigrants were to blame for the mosque shootings that saw 51 people lose their lives and a further 48 injured.
"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he wrote, before doubling down on this discriminatory claim in a later statement.
"As always, leftwing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views, but this is all clichéd nonsense," he said. "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."
His words were met with outrage from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, among thousands of others. However, no one made their anger quite as clear as Will Connolly.
Furious at the politician, Connolly smashed an egg on Anning's head at a public appearance; this move, however, spurred the Australian senator to punch him in the face and his entourage to tackle the young boy.
In order to help with any legal fees Connolly would face, his supporters set up two GoFundMe pages to raise money. Nonetheless, this cash was not needed after he managed to get lawyers from Gordan Legal to represent him for free.
The teen - who received an official warning from police for the egg incident last month - promised he would donate the money to the victims of the attack. Today, he made good on his promise.
Taking to social media in excitement, Connolly claimed the funds were not his to keep and expressed his wish that the money would "bring some relief" to those affected by the Mosque shootings.
"Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape,$99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support," he wrote. "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'. [sic]"
He continued: "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. [sic]"
"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. ❤️🙌🏻 [sic]"
His decision was met with delight from people online, who heralded the 17-year-old for doing the right thing.
"Yes bro such a great effort ❤️❤️❤️, [sic]" wrote Instagrammer @jaydenrowan_official.
Fellow social media user @julianstibbard_ also commented praising him for "changing the world," while @mtchul named him a "true champion."