The Australian Christian Lobby today confirmed that the Israel Folau fundraising drive has been paused off the back of rapid and overwhelming support.
“The outpouring of support for Izzy and for freedom has been staggering in its size and speed. More than $2 million has been raised in less than two days, from over 20,000 people,” said ACL managing director Martyn Iles.
“This means we have raised enough money for now and can afford to hit the pause button.”
Mr Iles said that the fundraiser will be reopened in the future if the case drags on and more funds are needed.
“People who have not yet donated can still pledge their support for when it is needed.”
“Quiet Australians have not just spoken through this campaign – they have roared. This is an unprecedented outpouring of support which cannot be ignored. Politicians are watching, Rugby Australia is watching, corporate bullies are watching, and those who think it’s ok to make people suffer for their beliefs are watching.”
“This has become a movement of quiet people who have found their voice. Many of them serve God, many of them love freedom, all of them stand with Israel Folau.”
The Australian Christian Lobby also confirmed that any unused funds will be returned to the original donors on a pro rata basis, should that contingency occur in the future.