New fundraising page launched for Israel’s legal battle

Israel Folau. Picture: RNZ

A NEW fundraising page for Israel Folau has been launched and it’s drawing an incredible response.

According to news.com.au the Australian Christian Lobby created a new page on its website overnight and had sped past $550,000 by 11.40am (AEST) as Australians donated in stunning fashion.

The online article says that figure doesn’t include a $100,000 pledge from the ACL to Folau’s legal efforts as he looks capable of passing the donations made to his original GoFundMe page — which reached upwards of $750,000 over four days before it was shut down on Monday — inside 24 hours.

The group’s managing director Martyn Iles tweeted a link to the new page early Tuesday morning, saying he had spoken to the Australian rugby player and “we fixed it”.

“On behalf of the Australian Christian Lobby, I have spoken to Israel Folau to let him know that ACL will be donating $100,000 to his legal defence, because it’s right and it sets an important legal precedent,” he wrote.

“I have also offered to host his online appeal for funds here on our website and he has accepted our offer.”

“So, please give generously today to help Israel Folau stand for your religious freedom.”

The page also contains the text of Israel Folau’s original GoFundMe post which asks for money to help with his legal battle against Rugby Australia.

GoFundMe’s move to shut down the page energised some of Folau’s supporters, with one saying he had just donated “double” the amount originally given to the cause.

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