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Wednesday , 18 May 2022

GoFundMe says Freedom Convoy funds will be held until they provide documentation about distribution

Truck drivers heading across Canada to Ottawa for freedom and to protest against the vaccine mandate at the border have raised more than $4.5 million from donors around the world, but before they withdraw the money they have to provide proof to GoFundMe on how the funds will be used.

A GoFundMe spokesperson from the fundraising company told Lakeland Connect, “Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed.”

The fundraising platform GoFundMe has temporarily stopped organizers from using the money, however, the fundraising campaign is still operational and has almost raised $4.6 million as of January 25 at noon.

“We are continuing to work directly with the organizer to gather information about how funds are being distributed, this is part of our standard process to ensure the protection of all donors,” the GoFundMe Spokesperson told Lakeland Connect. “Once a withdrawal plan is provided by the organizer, our team is on standby to safely and quickly deliver the funds.”

GoFundMe says, “Our goal is to protect the generosity of donors and ensure that every dollar donated on our platform reaches the right place.”

“We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent,” the GoFundMe Spokesperson told Lakeland Connect. “In this case, we are in touch with the organizer to verify that information. Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed.”

As this is a developing story Lakeland Connect will bring you more information when available, and the trucks keep rolling towards Ottawa for freedom organizers say.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.