Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ gives donations to NZ attack survivors

Australia's 'Egg Boy' gives donations to NZ attack survivors

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Image caption Will Connolly won support online for breaking an egg on Australian lawmaker Fraser Anning

An Australian teenager who broke an egg on a controversial far-right senator's head says he has given almost A$100,000 (£55,000; $69,000) to survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Will Connolly egged Fraser Anning in March – prompting people to flood him with donations to pay his legal costs.

Mr Anning had caused fury a day earlier when he said, on the day of the shootings, Muslim migration was to blame for them.

Fifty-one people died in the attacks.

Mr Anning was formally censured by Australia's Senate in April for his "appalling" remarks.

Mr Connolly, 17, approached the senator from behind as he gave a press conference in Melbourne on 16 March.

Footage of the egging and subsequent clash went viral. It showed Mr Anning physically retaliating before his supporters tackled the teenager to the ground.

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Image caption Mr Connolly egged Mr Anning at a press conference in Melbourne

Online fundraising campaigns were set up for Mr Connolly, widely dubbed "Egg boy", to "buy more eggs" and to cover potential legal fees.

Police chose not to press any charges last month, instead giving the teenager an "official caution". They ruled Mr Anning had acted in self-defence.

On Tuesday, Mr Connolly announced that he had transferred "all monies" to New Zealand charities in charge of official fundraising efforts.

"To the victims of the tragedy, I whole heartedly hope that this can bring some relief to you," he said.

Instagram post by willconnolly__: 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. ❤️🙌🏻 Image Copyright willconnolly__ willconnolly__ Report

Though his actions drew praise, they also sparked a conversation in Australia about forms of political protest.

Another protester drew considerably less public support for throwing an egg at Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this month.

Mr Connolly told Australia's Ten network in March: "I understand what I did was not the right thing to do. However, this egg has united people."

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Mr Anning has refused to apologise for his comments, despite a petition which was signed by more than 1.4 million people.

He failed to win a new term in the Senate at Australia's general election on 18 May.

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