GoFundMe campaign raises over $100k for ‘Trolleyman’, viral hero of Melbourne terrorist attack
Homeless man Michael Rogers, 46, used a shopping trolley to intervene as Somali-born attacker Hassan Khalif Shire Ali was fighting with police.
“I seen the trolley to the side and I picked it up and I ran and threw the trolley straight at him and got him but didn't get him down," Rogers told Seven News.
⚡️ Melbourne: “I threw the trolley straight at him, and I got him. I didn't quite get him down, though. I’m no hero” - Michael Rogers. 7 News has spoken exclusively to “trolley man”, a bystander being hailed a hero following Friday’s terror attack. #TrolleyMan#7Newspic.twitter.com/K0v3OXAwe0— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 10, 2018
Shire Ali had just mounted the footpath in a car packed with gas cylinders before launching a knife attack in which he stabbed three people, one fatally. He was shot by police during the encounter and later died in hospital.
1 killed, 2 injured as a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in a busy street in central #Melbourne. It is reported that the man burned a car before starting the attackDETAILS: https://t.co/ihrPVuxaMApic.twitter.com/RJkVFm9ypN— RT (@RT_com) November 9, 2018
The whole incident was captured on eyewitness video which quickly went viral the world over, making ‘Trolleyman’ an instant global phenomenon.
Registered charity Melbourne Homeless Collective quickly set up a GoFundMe campaign on his behalf and the response was overwhelming, with $129,498 (USD$93,267) of the $45,000 goal raised by 4,668 people in just one day
Trolleyman is described as “an absolutely incredible human” by fundraiser Donna Stolzenberg in an online statement accompanying the campaign.
“Our hero is humble as can be and had no idea about this fundraiser. We’ll be catching up tomorrow to hand over his donations. He is amazing,” she continued, adding that Trolleyman’s phone had been destroyed in the incident.
“I completely agree that we do need to have the conversation around what happens with this money and make sure it is in Michael’s best interest,” Stolzenberg, told 3AW radio station.
We’re not going to go and hand over a $100,000 cheque, that would put Michael at risk as well. We do have accountants on board to make sure that the money is put into a trust for Michael so that he can use it for living expenses.
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