GoFundMe confirms Canada’s second-largest “Freedom Convoy” fundraiser


Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe Fundraising campaign Created for truck drivers protesting various COVID-19 obligations and restrictions across Canada, it is the second largest in the country on its platform, with donations in excess of $ 10 million.

Coordinated by Tamara Lich and Benjamin Dichter, organizers of Freedom Convoy 2022, the fundraising campaign aims to finance truck drivers’ fuel, food and accommodation, second only to the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash campaign. was. Confirmed GoFundMe, CTV News reported on February 1st.

To date, $ 1 million has been released to the organizers of the truck convoy. GoFundMe said it will continue to work with the organizers to determine how the funds will be distributed.

“The trust and security of our global community is our number one priority. Therefore, we follow a standard verification process and work directly with the campaign organizer to comply with the law and terms of use, as stated by the organizer. We ensure that the funds are distributed in compliance, “a GoFundMe spokeswoman said in a statement. CTV news.

“Our goal is to protect the generosity of donors and ensure that all donations are sent to what was intended. As part of the verification process, we have a clear plan and which funds are available. Full transparency from the organizer is required for the flow of funds so that donors are informed of how they will be used. “

Lich praised GoFundMe in a tweet January 27The platform states that it has helped to handle “very routine” procedural paperwork to release funds.

January 28, she statement At the same time that the first batch of funds was released via Twitter, GoFundMe said it would uncover reports from several media outlets claiming that it “frozen funds for a variety of exorbitant reasons.”

“In reality, the temporary hold was due to international banking regulations that govern many of GoFundMe’s policies,” Lich said.

“At GoFundMe, it’s common to perform this type of due diligence to ensure that funds are legal.”

She also blamed activists for trying to pollute the truck convoy. It further complicated the release and diversification of funds.

“The constant efforts by activists to flag our campaign as illegal have already exacerbated the boring process,” she said.

However, Lich assured that the distribution of funds would be in time once the bottleneck was resolved.

“Initially, there are a lot of requests to process and there is a bottleneck due to payment processing time,” she said.

“please [bear] With us, we are working as quickly as possible to achieve this. “

Isaac Theo

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.