Just days after the Freedom Convoy To Ottawa’s GoFundMe account was shut down, the organization raised over $3.5 million in 24 hours using an alternative fundraising platform GiveSendGo.
According to their new fundraising campaign:
“To our fellow Canadians, the time for political overreach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries, and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet.
We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive. It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to these mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.
We are asking for donations to help with the costs of fuel first, and hopefully food and lodgings to help ease the pressures of this arduous task.”
The original GoFundMe campaign had raised over $11 million before access to the funds was frozen. The account was ultimately shut down and all donations were automatically refunded.
Protests began after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s Government implemented a vaccine mandate for truckers who crossed the U.S.-Canada border.
A convoy of truckers started a cross-country drive that began in the west of the country and quickly gathered support from conservatives and right-wing figures abroad.