The boy who became a hero for egging an Islamophobic politician is doing something beautiful with his newfound fame.

Seventeen-year-old Will Connolly of Melbourne, Australia will forever be known as “Egg Boy” after a daring piece of political anarchy he pulled off on Saturday, March 16.

The day after the horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 dead, Connolly stopped by the Conservative National Party meeting in Melbourne to catch a glimpse of right-wing senator Fraser Anning.

The day of the shooting, Anning released an alarming statement where he blamed the attack on New Zealand’s decision to admit Muslims into the country. "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," he said in a statement.


He also blamed the victims saying Muslims “may have been the victims today; usually they are the perpetrators.”

The senator from Queensland is known for his extreme right-wing immigration views. He’s notorious for quoting Adolf Hitler in suggesting there should be a "final solution" to Muslim immigration.

While Anning spoke, Connolly approached him from behind and slammed a raw egg into the back of his bald skull. Anning responded by whirling around and punching Connolly in the face.

Connolly was then restrained by bystanders and arrested. He was released without charges as the Victoria Police investigate the incident “in its entirety.”

While it’s debatable whether Connolly's act of cartoonish violence was appropriate, he soon became an international cult hero for taking direct action against the type of Islamophobic attitudes that caused the mosque shooting in the first place.

After the incident, Connolly sent out a tweet outlining the reasons for his actions.

After Connolly was arrested, a GoFundMe page was established to raise money for legals fees and “more eggs.” In just four days, the campaign has already exceeded its $50,000 goal.

However, the money may not be going to its intended use. According to the campaign organizers, Connolly has decided to pay it forward by sending “a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.”

The egging has also had another positive, albeit unintended consequence, it's helped bring worldwide attention to Anning's bigotry. After the incident, Sydney doctor Kate Ahmad and Melbourne author Harris Sultan both started petitions at Change.org calling for Anning's removal from office.

The petitions, which have since been merged, have been signed by over 1.3 million people.  

"Senator Fraser Anning’s views have no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country," the petition reads. "We request that he be pushed to resign from his position as Senator, and if appropriate, be investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right wing terrorism."

Connolly had received some criticism in right-wing circles for what looked like a smart-ass prank. But after its positive repercussions, it’s clear that Connolly should be listed among the heroes who’ve emerged in the aftermath of this tragic event.

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The experiences we have at school tend to stay with us throughout our lives. It's an impactful time where small acts of kindness, encouragement, and inspiration go a long way.

Schools, classrooms, and teachers that are welcoming and inclusive support students' development and help set them up for a positive and engaging path in life.

Here are three of our favorite everyday actions that are spreading kindness on campus in a big way:

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1. Pickleball to Get Fifth Graders Moving

Mark Storhaug is a 5th grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary in Los Angeles, who wants to use pickleball to get his students "moving on the playground again after 15 months of being Zombies learning at home."

Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that mixes elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis, where two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. It's as simple as that.

Kingsley Elementary is in a low-income neighborhood where outdoor spaces where kids can move around are minimal. Mark's goal is to get two or three pickleball courts set up in the schoolyard and have kids join in on what's quickly becoming a national craze. Mark hopes that pickleball will promote movement and teamwork for all his students. He aims to take advantage of the 20-minute physical education time allotted each day to introduce the game to his students.

Help Mark get his students outside, exercising, learning to cooperate, and having fun by donating to his GoFundMe.

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2. Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids

According to the WHO around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Kaiya Bates, who was recently crowned Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen for 2022, is one of those people, and has endured severe anxiety, depression, and selective mutism for most of her life.

Through her GoFundMe, Kaiya aims to use her "knowledge to inspire and help others through their mental health journey and to spread positive and factual awareness."

She's put together regulation kits (that she's used herself) for teachers to use with students who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Each "CALM-ing" kit includes a two-minute timer, fidget toolboxes, storage crates, breathing spheres, art supplies and more.

Kaiya's GoFundMe goal is to send a kit to every teacher in every school in the Pasco School District in Washington where she lives.

To help Kaiya achieve her goal, visit Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids.

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3. Library for a high school heritage Spanish class

Julie Tarman is a high school Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California, who hopes to raise enough money to create a Spanish language class library.

The school is in a low-income area, and although her students come from Spanish-speaking homes, they need help building their fluency, confidence, and vocabulary through reading Spanish language books that will actually interest them.

Julie believes that creating a library that affirms her students' cultural heritage will allow them to discover the joy of reading, learn new things about the world, and be supported in their academic futures.

To support Julie's GoFundMe, visit Library for a high school heritage Spanish class.

Do YOU have an idea for a fundraiser that could make a difference? Upworthy and GoFundMe are celebrating ideas that make the world a better, kinder place. Visit upworthy.com/kindness to join the largest collaboration for human kindness in history and start your own GoFundMe.

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Eight years a go, a grandfather in Michigan wrote a powerful letter to his daughter after she kicked out her son out of the house for being gay. It's so perfectly written that it crops up on social media every so often.

The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

It first appeared on the Facebook page FCKH8 and a representative told Gawker that the letter was given to them by Chad, the 16-year-old boy referenced in the letter.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."