– With AAP
A controversial campaign launched to raise funds for ex-Wallaby Israel Folau’s legal stoush with Rugby Australia has been “paused” after donations topped $2 million in 48 hours.
More than 20,000 people had donated more than $2.2 million by Thursday morning.
“Your overwhelming support means that Israel Folau has raised enough money for now,” the ACL said in a statement on its website.
“ACL, Izzy and everyone involved is humbled and grateful. We are hitting the pause button. But if the case drags on and Israel needs more support, we will reopen this campaign.”
Their fundraising effort was launched to replace an earlier campaign on GoFundMe that was taken down by the platform on Monday for breaching its service guidelines.
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“Today we will be closing Israel Folau’s campaign and issuing full refunds to all donors. After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service,” GoFundMe Australia regional manager Nicola Britton said in a statement, reported The Age.
“As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.
“Our platform exists to help people help others.”
Folau’s appeal for donations came after the termination of his Rugby Australia contract. On Sunday evening, Folau’s donations had exceeded $650,000, making his page the top trending campaign on GoFundMe.