GiveSendGo, the Christian crowdsourcing company, is pushing back against an Ontario court that issued a ruling earlier Thursday evening that effectively froze access to monetary donations to truckers and other Canadians participating in the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa, Canada, and elsewhere, through a government order.
GiveSendGo tweeted Thursday evening that Canada has “absolutely zero jurisdiction” over how they dispense their funds and that all donations on GiveSendGo.com, including the Freedom Convoy, will go to their intended charities.
A group of more than 50,000 truckers protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Canada have raised more than $8 million through the online crowd resourcing platform GiveSendGo after GoFundMe kicked the group off of its own platform last Friday. The group had raised nearly $11 million at the time funds were frozen and their GoFundMe account frozen.
And it looked like once again the funds on their new fundraising platform GiveSendGo could be in serious jeopardy until they fought back Thursday evening.
“Know this!” GiveSendGo tweeted. “Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”
But it might not be up to GiveSendGo as the money appeared to be in limbo, per an Ontario court order that “effectively [froze] all donations made to the trucker convoy through GiveSendGo,” as explained by Canadian talk show host Andrew Lawton.
“This is the section of the criminal code that the Ford government is using to freeze the funds,” Brian Lilley of the Toronto-Sun explained via Twitter. “Note, they have been frozen, not seized at this point, in accordance with a ruling today by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.”