$179,000 refunded as GoFundMe scraps Convoy to Canberra fundraiser

GoFundMe has shut down a Convoy to Canberra fundraiser after failed attempts to clarify how the money will be spent, with a whopping $179,000 to be refunded to donors.

It comes just a week after the crowdfunding platform revealed it had frozen funds raised through the campaign, titled ‘Oz to Canberra Convoy Official’.

The Convoy anti-vaccination protests to Canberra follow the Canadian Freedom Convoy, which drew hundreds of trucks to Ottawa. Although in Canberra trucks were rare.

The event’s fundraising page, which was organized by “Ironbark Thunderbolt on behalf of WA truck driver James Greer”, was reviewed by GoFundMe’s Trust and Safety team, before being removed for violation of its terms of use.

Greer’s fundraising page said: “Money will be withdrawn from James’ account and the team will collate receipts and information from those who need a refund or transfer.”

Big Rigs has also reached out to the fundraiser organizer for comment, but has not heard back.

The fundraiser raised just over $179,000 in less than two weeks.

Greer, 44, who has been described in the media as a “doomsday prepper”, was arrested last week after being found with a sawed-off shotgun and 24 rounds of ammunition at Convoy Campground in Canberra.

A statement released by the Australian Federal Police on February 4 said: “A 44-year-old man has been arrested following the execution of a search warrant. A loaded modified rifle was found in his vehicle and he is expected to be charged with possession of an illegal firearm. He will also have to deal with multiple traffic offenses related to the technical control of his vehicle.

Greer was released on bail and is due back in court on Friday.

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