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Australian marriage equality campaign raises $20,000 in June thanks to mystery donor

Australian marriage equality campaign raises $20,000 in June thanks to mystery donor

Australian marriage equality advocates were able to raise $20,769 in campaign funds in June thanks to an anonymous mystery donor who pledged to donate $10,000 if other supporters would match him dollar for dollar.

The anonymous donor approached advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality at their 5 June Equality Dinner at Sydney’s Cafe DOV and made the offer.

‘We just received a $10,000 donation from a generous donor – but it comes with a condition: we have to raise another $10,000 to match it,’ Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome wrote in an email to supporters following the Equality Dinner.

By the beginning of June 30 the campaign had raised $9,096 and a final appeal pushed over the line to release the mystery donor’s funds, bringing the total to $20,769.

‘Unbelievable!’ the group reacted in an online statement.

‘A last minute surge of support brought the tally to $10,769! A really remarkable result and thank you to everyone that chipped in and shared with Facebook friends!’

‘We have some great projects lined up to pile on the pressure leading up to the election and this will go directly to helping us deliver them. Again, thank you!’

According to Australian Marriage Equality, $21,000 would nearly cover the cost of letter boxing seven key electorates.

The news comes within days of the ruling Australian Labor Party dumping Julia Gillard, a marriage equality opponent, as prime minister in favor of Kevin Rudd – a marriage equality supporter.

Australians are expected to go to the polls in August or September