Buy Duncan Storrar a Toaster
$60,051 of $6,000 goal
We reckon he deserves a bit of a helping hand so we've decided to buy him a new toaster.
6 grand oughtta cover it. And if he has a little bit left over, maybe he can take his kids to the movies or something.
Would you like to kick in a few dollars?
Thank you so much for your patience. It has taken quite a while working behind the scenes with multiple parties to reach a good outcome for Duncan from the fundraiser.
After the gobsmacking generosity of the Australian people, Duncan has decided that the money will not be spent on himself.
To that end Duncan contacted Justice Connect (a legal aid service) who referred the matter to Best Hooper, a firm of Melbourne lawyers: http://www.besthooper.com.au/ who kindly offered to assist Duncan. They will act on a pro bono basis to set up a trust for fund dispersal. The trustees will be Duncan’s brother, and Mr. Jim Robinson, one of the Partners at Best Hooper. Jim has decades of experience as a legal practitioner, and has acted as a trustee on many occasions, including the “Bushfire’s baby” trust, along with the Legal Institute Superannuation Scheme fund.
The majority of the money is to be retained to cover costs for his young children’s future secondary education. Duncan also requested some of the funds be given to charity, as indicated below, and the rest will be retained to be spent for the maintenance, education or benefit of the children.
You may be pleased to hear that Duncan will indeed buy a $6,000 toaster. Well, an oven, anyway. Duncan has decided to donate $6,000 to The Father Bob Foundation to assist in buying an oven to cook food for the homeless – of which they are in desperate need. This is to acknowledge the toaster that was originally suggested in the campaign. Duncan feels that it would do a lot more good in the hands of The Father Bob Foundation.
The F.B.F. do great work and strive towards Father Bob’s vision of ending homelessness; giving all kids a fair start to life and feeding those who aren’t guaranteed a meal :
…and they have a go fund me as well if you want to follow Duncan’s lead and donate there : https://www.gofundme.com/frbob . They are a great bunch and would be stoked with any donations that came in.
Duncan has also decided to donate $5,000 to a Men's Shed in the rural town where Duncan took refuge when the media storm arose in certain newspapers.
We would like to thank you once again for opening your hearts to someone who dared ask a simple question of his government.
He is still waiting for an answer.
Wow. What a big couple of days! What started as a simple ‘toaster drive’ has grown into something beyond our much bigger.
Who could have anticipated the generosity of everyday Australians?
But the public interest has been matched by media interest, and it turns out being in the middle of a media storm can be tough. We heard from Duncan today. He has told us that he is struggling with attention and plans to take some time away. His privacy should be respected. He also said he is feeling a bit “freaked out” but wants you all to know he is safe and really appreciates the giving.
Given the success of this campaign a number of people are rightly asking what’s next? How exactly will the money be managed?
These are legitimate questions.
We have now been in touch with a couple of community service organisations in Victoria asking for assistance establishing a framework to manage your donations. The key thing is that the money gets to Duncan (or the charities/community support groups he chooses to nominate) in the most appropriate way. We can assure you this will be done legally, transparently and in the spirit of why the funds were given.
As soon as we can provide more detail, we will.
We also reckon its time to put a halt on any more donations. It turns out there’s no limit to Australians’ generosity, but there is a limit to our ability to manage your contributions!
Thanks all... and watch this space.
He is quite overwhelmed by this, as you can imagine. His view is that all he did was ask a question on the telly and suddenly there’s all this attention on him. It must be pretty intense.
We don’t really know Duncan, we saw him on the TV just like you all and did this all to lift his spirits with a nominal donation. You guys are voting with your wallets and it is a phenomenal response that we didn’t anticipate.
Duncan has stated intentions to donate a large portion to an additional family who – as he put it “broke my heart” - with their touching attempts to help him after the Q&A appearance, despite arguably being in a situation more dire than his.
Like many fathers, Duncan’s priority is his kids - and assisting them as he has stated on Q&A. He desires to create a safe place for the funds that will assist in their education. Anyone with kids know the costs – books, uniforms, computers, etc. He is looking to cover all of that. Also – as many have nominated – plans to take his family on a well-deserved holiday are in the air.
These are all broad ideas that Duncan has put forward. We are not pinning him down on anything yet. These are great ideas though you’ll all agree I’m sure.
There is also a really bloody good idea floating around to seriously purchase a toaster that will hit a worthy location – soup kitchen? We don’t know. An oven maybe? Stay tuned.
More to follow.
As you can see this has really picked up some steam. Some early birds were able to get a personal thank you but now the admin is out of control and we are trying to sort through it but with being at work personal thank you's are now tough as!
This is really about Duncan** and him unexpectedly representing battlers everywhere who are doing it tough.
THANKS AGAIN you kind souls. Peace, love and toasters.
*Not an approved nickname
**funds are a donation to Duncan, a bloke Nick and I saw on Q&A via a link the next day and wanted to help with a little bit of cash -[honestly we thought 6K would be a stretch] ... If you donate a small amount then you are down with that and give your tacit approval that funds end up in his hands :-)
Duncan took the time to get tickets to Q&A, submit a question, remain calm and articulate in the face of patronising comments and bullying tactics from the panel. He in no way pretended (including in his interview with Fairfax yesterday) to be a perfect model of a human being. He has struggled, as have many who are on the very lowest incomes. It matters not where his income is derived from, or how much income tax he does or does not pay per annum. The fact is he went on the program to ask a question on behalf of people who he broadly represents: those who are low income earners, and particularly those who have families. He is entitled to privacy about the nature of his disability, and whether or not he uses substances, is in a de jury marriage, etc. is not the issue here. How about all the boozy soirees put on by a government ministers of all creeds, awash with expensive wines and high-end catering, paid for by the tax payer? Live and let live. I am glad that Tamika's comments have not dissuaded people from putting some funds behind Duncan and his family, as it has opened a debate. Is Tamika even who she purports to be? And if she is, of course she's entitled to speak, but I personally choose not to give credence to her sentiments. And, while I understand the macro and micro-economic arguments behind the Government's rationale for the tax-break at the $80,000 mark (and even the small-business tax-offset for $6000 toasters), that doesn't mean they are moral, ethical, or part of a fair and just society. I hope Duncan, his partner, and his girls enjoy a great holiday somewhere (yes, they are entitled to have fun, and the girls will cherish the memories forever), establish a firmer financial base, and can just breath easier for a little while. It would be good if Duncan could get some financial advice as to how to use the funds, but let's remember he is an independent adult who is entitled to make his own decisions about his life, health, finances, etc.
I didn't donate to Duncan with an agenda on how it was to be spent. As far as I am concerned he can take his girls to the Gold Coast for the weekend and splurge the lot. By giving the money I simply wanted to say to another human being that I hear you and I want to help. Kindness seems to be becoming a rareness in this world and I want to turn that around. To everyone who gave to Duncan - you are a special human being and the world is a better place for having you in it. Have a great day.
Too right Jason. Also, Tamika, setting aside that everything you've said looks to be untrue, here's a radical idea: people addicted to drugs deserve adequate income. Expanding on that, drug addicts are actually still human beings who need support and respect. Shocking, right?
Tamika Drew - if he stands up in front of Australia and speaks for all the battlers then he deserves my $10.. I'm glad positivity is prevailing and drowning out the negative.. it was one of the best Qanda I have seen in a long time. Well done Duncan.. we've all done things we might not be proud of in the past.. today you are a hero to many
He's not being funded for his past - he's being funded for what he's bought to our present moment. He singularly ignited a massive debate on our current Governments policy direction. And for that, he deserves payment. What he does with the money we donate, is his own business. Good luck to Duncan - thanks for being brave enough to speak out on Q&A. And well done on the organizers of this campaign.
To those of you who are questioning whether this money should go to this one individual or should go to an organisation that looks after "all" of the individuals in similar circumstances, let me say this: What Duncan has done is equivalent to a someone producing a truly brilliant piece of artwork. His heartfelt question and perfect rebuttal of the things thrown back at him have acted as a lightening rod that has had, and will continue to have, positive ramifications in this election. When an artist produces a brilliant piece of work that stands out from their contemporaries, that artist will receive more in the way of applause and monetary compensation than other artists. Would we say that, because there are many artists of varying skills, that we shouldn't pay more for the good ones? That all moneys should be spread evenly amongst the artists? Of course not. Without realising it, and without asking for it, Duncan creating something amazing that has resonated with many of us. Let's celebrate the fact that hundreds of us want to be a part of this special event and REALLY want to see a happy ending for this one individual who had the courage to stand up on national television and say that they have had enough of the inequity in our society. Many of us already donate to charity, but I, for one, am very happy that this bloke is going to get a huge leg up in his life, rather than this money being spread thinly. What I am going to do now, though, is also donate the same amount of money, that I donated to Duncan, to one of the charities already suggested by previous posters. That way, I have invested in a "Van Gogh" and also invested in an up and coming aspiring artist! How about it, people? Let's make Duncan's courage good for him AND for good for the general populace! Donate and place "Because of Duncan" in the comments of your charity.
Duncan, I hope you feel like you won the lottery today. And I love that we have the power to make that happen. Hoping the media attention is a good experience and that you get the support you need. Media can turn on you and your personal circumstances- but my donation (and I'm sure everyone's donation) comes with no judgement and good wishes.
I give zero f*cks whether he is who or what he claims to be, or whether he spends the money on hookers and VB. It was worth the money I donated to watch someone ask a question that would otherwise never see the light of day and hear answers that fit in that same category.
Tamika Drew, is there any need for unfounded accusations like that? Is there any proof he's a fraud and you do realise that just because he doesn't look disabled mean he's not? I look normal, but have has cancer tear me apart.. Because of my medicine, I have been called a drug addict by family as well.... I am addicted to my pain medication, that is a normal factor in Chronic pain and its management.... My painkillers are Opioid based, so I am addicted after 7 years of it, I think accusing him of being an addict due to his pain management (Even if its cannabis, medical fact is its a great painkiller) is disgusting.....
Duncan never said anything on qanda about his family other than he had daughters so the people on here calling him a fraud are over reaching a bit duncan seems to be a struggler which in turn means life has never been kind to him even without mistakes he has made. So good luck duncan i hope this turns out to be the start you need to help you get on a good path to something positive because always struggling can change people from what they could have been into something that leads to nothing good
While I too hope a good NGO puts up a hand to offer Duncan advice on how best to receive and use funds to minimise penalties and maximise the benefit to his family as a whole, whether or not Duncan avails himself of any such offer is his business. No-one donated under duress, or with conditions. The fund just wasn't set up that way. I, for one, feel that this is fair (and incredibly heart-warming) community compensation for Duncan and his daughters who were, apart from anything else, "featured" on the front page of The Australian today (including with a large colour photo) in an article purporting to "expose" Duncan as being someone who does not pay income tax. However, in an interview with (I think) Fairfax yesterday, Duncan had already acknowledged this, and much more besides. Duncan will come under much greater media scrutiny now, and much of it will not be pleasant. The shock jocks will have much to say, the trolls will be out, and a man who turned up to ask a question on Q&A will face the consequences of a fame he could never have anticipated, as well as some benefits he could never have expected. He and the girls' Mum will also have to manage how the girls themselves cope with all this. Let's remember the key point here: a person on a low income in a democracy applied for a ticket to appear on Q&A, submitted a question, had that question accepted, asked the question, was patronised on national television, remained dignified and polite, and opened an incredibly important debate at the beginning of an election campaign. Do we want a super-strong economy with a super-sized pie, or a healthy economy with enough food (toast included!) and services for all, distributed by responsible yet ethical economic managers?
I'm with Sophia - it doesn't matter if he is drug addicted or made some poor life choices, he deserves an existence with an adequate income and respect. He got on q&a to get his opinion heard, rather than sitting at home yelling at his tv, and got all of us thinking about the real big issues here. That alone is worth this money, regardless of what trials he has previously been through. He has single handedly made more of an impact than half of these do-gooders posting self righteous comments (all angels as well, I'm sure) together. Also as someone mentioned on another news site, any money Duncan gets he will spend it all - which is literally boosting the economy with spending. The trickle down effect of top heavy wealth has been disproven time and time again - as the rich can't spend everything, especially not locally. The POOR are the ones who are doing all the spending.
I can't believe all of the negative comments. This gofundme page is for Duncan. Set up by someone who didn't know Duncan. If you don't like that or don't want to contribute, you have no business being here. Oh and by the way, there is nothing SIMPLE about depression. If diagnosed, it a disability. That stigma needs to piss right off.
dude, i don't have a dime for you, but only cos im broke too, but take this money, and do something with your girls that you would never have the opportunity to do otherwise. While it might seem like abit much, people are giving this money for 2 reasons. The first being that we appreciate his position and would love for him to be able to provide anything "extra" for his girls besides lifes necessities, the same as we like to do for our own. The second being the way he stood up for not only himself, but all of us in the same position or similar, and didn't give up on getting his point across which so many of us will never have the opportunity to do. He took it and ran with it. And now some nice guys want to acknowledge it and possibly provide a once in a life time opportunity for him. But all those guys did was created the idea. The current $37k raised, is everyone agreeing. Don't be pissed off cos he's getting money for nothing, be happy SOMEONE from our lowly ranks just got a step up. If someone made a gofundme for Turnbull to raise 6k for a toaster, they would get a well deserved rant of expletives instead of a thumbs up. And hey, some guy made thousands to make potato salad. People gave to that for the hell of it, this is for the help of it.
Good lord there are some ugly comments being posted here. Let's remember all this guy did was ask a question. He didn't ask for this campaign and no one's been forced to give to it. To go trawling back through his life for skeletons is just rude, unkind and intrusive. Yes, I hope the money raised goes to his family — his ex wife as well. But it's not up to us to speculate on the nature of his disability.
Sad that Tamika feels the need to air her dirty laundry here...Q&A do their homework and screen the people and questions asked before the show...perhaps Tamika should consider removing her comment as no one will donate to a GoFundMe for her legal bills for the slander case bought against her
What a joke. Have a look at what his son and other family members say about him - a loser who introduced his son to drugs (his son's own words). He wants his tax threshold lifted. Why is that when he pays no taxes - how can you get a tax cut when you pay no tax? He is happy to grab his welfare "entitlement" from those taxpayers he tries to vilify - but that is just typical of the socialist leftie brigade.