SYDNEY – The Australian teenager who broke an egg on the head of an ultra-conservative senator who blamed Muslim immigration for the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has donated almost AU$100,000 (about $69,245) to victims of the tragedy.
“Finally!!! After a huge amount of red tape, $99,922.36 has today been transferred to the Christchurch Foundation and Victims Support,” Will Connolly said on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
The money was raised through two GoFundMe platforms to help the 17-year-old cover legal costs and “buy more eggs” after the incident with now-ex senator Fraser Anning.
As he had pro bono legal representation and was released without charge, Connolly – dubbed “Egg Boy” – said he “decided to donate all monies to help provide some relief to the victims of the massacre... it wasn’t mine to keep.”
“To the victims of the Tragedy, I whole heartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you. Keep spreading the love,” he concluded in his message.
Connolly grabbed headlines in March after the terror attack when he broke an egg over the head of the controversial senator in Melbourne. Anning had released a statement that said the Christchurch massacre was the fault of “the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
In video footage of the incident, Anning is seen retaliating with slaps and punches before Connolly was removed by security personnel. Two men pinned him to the ground until police arrived and he was later let him go without charge.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, is the sole accused of the March 15 massacre in Christchurch in which 51 Muslims were killed and 50 were wounded while they were conducting Friday prayers in two mosques.
Tarrant is facing 51 charges of murder, 40 for attempted murder and one for terrorism.
Following the massacre, which the suspect broadcast live on Facebook, the New Zealand government reformed its gun laws and launched a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the incident. It has also been pushing for international social media network regulations to prevent the spread of hate online.