Rugby Australia Respond To Israel Folau’s Fundraising Campaign
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Sacked former Wallabies fullback Israel Folau had made headlines across the world this week following the launch of a controversial fundraising campaign to help him battle his former employers in court.
The 30-year-old has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a matter of days – but has been slammed by the likes of former teammate Drew Mitchell for being “greedy” in his efforts.
And now Rugby Australia has had their say on his campaign, with the governing body deeming his actions “inappropriate”, stating GoFundMe is a “place where sick children get support.”
“From our perspective [GoFundMe] is a place where sick children get support, so certainly it is not a strategy we thought was appropriate,” Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said.
“They [donors] have seen what the money is going to be used for and they have to make their own decision.”
Folau has now raised over $700,000 from close to 10,000 donors.