Update - Thank You!
Your overwhelming support means that Israel Folau has raised enough money for now.
More than $2 Million has been raised from over 20,000 donors in just two days.
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.
For now, we are thrilled that Izzy is not only supported, but a great movement of quiet Australians have found their voice. This cannot be ignored.
If you would like to pledge your support below please do and we will be in touch when the need arises.
Israel heads to Fair Work Commission - 28 June 2019
How you can support Israel Folau
Recently the online fundraising platform GoFundMe shut down Israel Folau’s legal defence fund and turned away hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
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.
I have also offered to host his online appeal for funds here on our website and he has accepted our offer.
All gifts you give on this web page will be deposited into a trust account to pay for Israel Folau’s legal case.
So, please give generously today to help Israel Folau stand for your religious freedom.
Australian Christian Lobby
PS: Below is the original text of Izzy’s GoFundMe page.
Text of Israel Folau’s original GoFundMe page
My name is Israel Folau and, until recently, playing Rugby was my livelihood.
I have had the honour and the privilege of representing my country on the sporting field, for which I will be forever grateful.
I am also a Christian. My faith is the most important thing in my life. I try to live my life according to the Bible and I believe it is my duty to share the word of the Bible.
Earlier this year, I uploaded some messages from the Bible on my Instagram page.
I believe that sharing the Bible is an act of love and compassion.
I know some people do not like or believe in the Bible. Indeed, what makes our country so wonderful is that we have such a diverse community made up of so many different cultures and values. But my faith defines me as a person. I do not believe that it is fair or right that I be punished for my religious beliefs.
Sadly, after I uploaded the messages from the Bible, my employers, Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW, tore up my employment contract. As a result, I have lost my job, my livelihood, and the ability to play for my country. It looks like I will never be allowed to play rugby in this country again.
I believe the termination of my contract is unlawful, which is why I have started legal proceedings against Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW.
In response, Rugby Australia have already said that they will "divert significant resources" to fight me in court. Even if I win, Rugby Australia can appeal. There is every chance that a prominent test case like this could take years and eventually end up in the High Court of Australia.
My wife Maria and I have already spent over $100,000 of our own money, and that was just to try and deal with Rugby Australia's internal tribunal processes. The money I am asking for is to fund the rest of my action in court.
My request for support
I know I am putting myself on the line - this action will be very costly in terms of time, money and reputation - but I do not intend to stop now.
I would be very grateful for your support. Could you make a donation, within your capacity to give, in order to support my action? I have the fight of my life on my hands and every little bit will help.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.