Thirlmere man launches GoFundMe page after Folau's 'wrong and hurtful' campaign

FED UP: Thirlmere's Michael Moxon has launched a GoFundMe page in the wake of the Israel Folau (inset) crowdfunding campaign controversy. Picture: Michael Moxon and Adam Davy
FED UP: Thirlmere's Michael Moxon has launched a GoFundMe page in the wake of the Israel Folau (inset) crowdfunding campaign controversy. Picture: Michael Moxon and Adam Davy

A Thirlmere man has launched a GoFundMe page in the wake of Israel Folau's controversial crowdfunding campaign.

Michael Moxon was infuriated by Folau's recent antics and decided to kick-start his light-hearted campaign with a serious message.

Folau launched an online fundraiser to generate money for his legal fight against Rugby Australia last Friday. The page has since been shut down.

However Australian Christian Lobby re-launched a crowdfunding effort, which had raised more than $1.75 million by noon today (June 26).

Mr Moxon said his GoFundMe page highlighted the injustice of Folau's public campaign.

"If a millionaire can get money for spreading hate speech, surely I can get money for just breathing," Mr Moxon told the Advertiser.

Folau asked for public support to fund his legal fight after Rugby Australia terminated his $4 million contract in May.

Folau made a social media post that was deemed homophobic. It followed a similar incident in 2018.

His April post on Instagram said: "WARNING Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters HELL AWAITS YOU Repent! Only Jesus Saves".

Mr Moxon said he hoped his campaign would "at least spread the word" that what Folau did was "wrong and hurtful to a lot of people".

"All he is achieving is increasing tensions and promoting hate speech," he said.

Mr Moxon said he didn't believe Folau deserved crowd funding because "he can afford this fight himself".

"In the unlikely event he gets the result he wants, Rugby Australia could then be liable for fees and I doubt he would refund everyone," he said.

Mr Moxon has set an ambitious fundraising target of $10 million.

His campaign launched on Tuesday and has raised $10 so far. Mr Moxon said 50 per cent of funds raised would go to beyondblue.

"This organisation was specifically chosen because they are there to help everyone," he said.

If you wish to support his campaign, visit Mr Moxon's GoFundMe page.