GoFundMe sees Israel Folau join a list of high-profile people to ask for government money

Rugby star Israel Folau wants $ 3 million, gangland widow Robert Williams demands $ 50,000 and a heavily tattooed Instagram-famous couple is just enough after to cover the cost of their vacation.

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For these high-profile figures and thousands of other GoFundMe users, the idea of ​​saving your money is outdated.

It seems like the modern way to get yourself out of a sticky financial situation, just to ask the public for help, regardless of the request.

Leading Australian psychologist Grant Brecht says there are two main reasons why people turn to GoFundMe when they desperately need a dollar.

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Rugby star Israel Folau (pictured with his wife Maria Tuta & # 39; ia) has requested $ 3 million to finance his lawsuit with Rugby Australia, just a month after his lucrative contract was torn

Rugby star Israel Folau (pictured with his wife Maria Tuta & # 39; ia) has requested $ 3 million to finance his lawsuit with Rugby Australia, just a month after his lucrative contract was torn

Leading Australian psychologist Grant Brecht (photo) said that some people just don't want to spend their own money
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Leading Australian psychologist Grant Brecht (photo) said that some people just don't want to spend their own money

Leading Australian psychologist Grant Brecht (photo) said that some people just don't want to spend their own money

& # 39; One of the reasons, of course, is that they don't have to spend their own money & # 39 ;, Dr. Brecht told Daily Mail Australia.

& # 39; They can spend their own money on things they want to do and some have a fairly demanding lifestyle, so to finance something like this can be detrimental.

& # 39; The other reason is to get social support.

& # 39; You used to have a petition and I think many people think that if this goes to court, the judge or magistrate will see that I have a lot of community support.

& # 39; I'm sure Israel Folau is thinking of boxing up against a big governing body in Rugby Australia and their supporters like Qantas, but it's more than just the money … It's more about saying all the support that is there for me. & # 39;

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Dr. Brecht said that the Australian public has also become more generous in recent years, despite the fact that younger generations label & # 39; selfish & # 39; got.

Whether the cause is a sick child or a desperate sportswoman, people who seek help on crowdfunding websites often find enough people to support them.

& # 39; A lot of people want to help others, they see an opportunity and feel good, and they think: "I am a nice person because I do this", & # 39; said Dr. Brecht.

& # 39; For others there is this whole idea of ​​karma that if I do something good, something good will come back to me.

& # 39; Australia is a hugely caring nation and despite the younger generations being seen as selfish, it seems that this is declining rather than declining and generally positive for society. & # 39;

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Below, Daily Mail Australia looks at some of the big names who have turned from crowdfunding in their time.

Folay (photo) told Sydney radio shock jock Alan Jones that he needed the money so that he could stand up for the word of God & # 39;

Folay (photo) told Sydney radio shock jock Alan Jones that he needed the money so that he could stand up for the word of God & # 39;

Folay (photo) told Sydney radio shock jock Alan Jones that he needed the money so that he could stand up for the word of God & # 39;

Folau, 30, had his lucrative contract torn apart by the sports board in May following comments (photos & # 39; s) he made online about homosexual people destined for hell

Folau, 30, had his lucrative contract torn apart by the sports board in May following comments (photos & # 39; s) he made online about homosexual people destined for hell

Folau, 30, had his lucrative contract torn apart by the sports board in May following comments (photos & # 39; s) he made online about homosexual people destined for hell

Israel Folau: fired Wallabies star – $ 3 million

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Wallabie's star fired Folau launched the online financing campaign on Thursday and wants supporters to invest $ 3 million in chips to fund his legal fight with Rugby Australia.

Folau, 30, had his lucrative contract suspended by the board of the sport in May in response to comments he made about homosexual people destined for hell.

A devout Christian, Folau told Sydney radio jock Alan Jones – one of his fiercest supporters in recent months – his goal is to stand up for the word of God.

But his bid for public money divided opinions, with many claiming that as one of the best-paid athletes in the country, he should be able to pay for it himself.

But he is not the only high-profile GoFundMe page that has caused a stir in recent weeks.

Instagram model Elena Engelhardt and her heavily tattooed husband Catalin Onc beg for money to finance their luxurious lifestyle - although his mother has two jobs to support their travels
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Instagram model Elena Engelhardt and her heavily tattooed husband Catalin Onc beg for money to finance their luxurious lifestyle - although his mother has two jobs to support their travels

Instagram model Elena Engelhardt and her heavily tattooed husband Catalin Onc beg for money to finance their luxurious lifestyle – although his mother has two jobs to support their travels

The couple said they had to collect £ 8,866 to pay for the bikes they took from Germany to Africa & further on & # 39; want to drive, as well as necessities for the trip

The couple said they had to collect £ 8,866 to pay for the bikes they took from Germany to Africa & further on & # 39; want to drive, as well as necessities for the trip

The couple said they had to collect £ 8,866 to pay for the bikes they took from Germany to Africa & further on & # 39; want to drive, as well as necessities for the trip

Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt, Instagram stars – $ 16,000

But while the Gangland personality promised supporters something, the same cannot be said for Instagram couple Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt.

The German lovers were under fire earlier this week after asking for $ 16,000, so they could finance their cycling vacation to Africa.

& # 39; The time has come to ask for money to continue doing what we do & # 39 ;, Catalin wrote in their GoFundMe post.

But their request did not go well with fans who beat it as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39 ;, with the couple eventually being forced to remove their Instagram this week.

So far, the pair has received a little less than AUD $ 1,200, far less than their target.

Roberta Williams, gangland widow and TV star – $ 50,000

On Thursday, Melbourne Gangland widow Roberta Williams asked for $ 50,000 in donations to fund a new reality TV show about her and her children.

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In an effort to raise money, Roberta has offered donors a personal phone call for every donation of $ 500 or more.

Producers for Melbourne Gangland widow Roberta Williams asked $ 50,000 in donations to finance a new reality TV show about her and her children (photo)

Producers for Melbourne Gangland widow Roberta Williams asked $ 50,000 in donations to finance a new reality TV show about her and her children (photo)

Producers for Melbourne Gangland widow Roberta Williams asked $ 50,000 in donations to finance a new reality TV show about her and her children (photo)

The potential TV program will include Williams & daughters, including instagram star Dhakota (left)

The potential TV program will include Williams & daughters, including instagram star Dhakota (left)

The potential TV program will include Williams & daughters, including instagram star Dhakota (left)

Then Single, Australian fashion designer – $ 250,000

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Another figure that was still under fire for asking for GoFundMe was fashion designer and one-off BRW Young Rich Lister, Dan Single.

Single and his former partner, model Bambi Northwood-Blyth, were known in the festive scene of Sydney for their exuberant lifestyle.

But after the founder of Ksubi fell 35 meters out of his Paris hotel window and shattered every bone from his waist in 2017, Single tried to pay $ 250,000 in his medical expenses.

Single canceled his crowdfunding effort only a few days later, after he had collected less than $ 500 and was the target of many destructive messages.

& # 39; How can you finance parties, drinks and travel abroad, but not your own recovery? & # 39; wrote an anonymous donor.

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& # 39; I'm giving you $ 5 for the sole purpose of telling you what an idiot everyone thinks you are. & # 39;

Fashion designer and one-time BRW youngsters with a rich list, Dan Single (photo with former girlfriend Bambi Northwood-Blyth), asked $ 250,000 after falling out of his Paris hotel room in 2017

Fashion designer and one-time BRW youngsters with a rich list, Dan Single (photo with former girlfriend Bambi Northwood-Blyth), asked $ 250,000 after falling out of his Paris hotel room in 2017

Fashion designer and one-time BRW youngsters with a rich list, Dan Single (photo with former girlfriend Bambi Northwood-Blyth), asked $ 250,000 after falling out of his Paris hotel room in 2017

Single (photo) removed his crowdfunding effort days after the first placement, after he collected less than $ 500 and was the target of many destructive messages

Single (photo) removed his crowdfunding effort days after the first placement, after he collected less than $ 500 and was the target of many destructive messages

Single (photo) removed his crowdfunding effort days after the first placement, after he collected less than $ 500 and was the target of many destructive messages

Former Boy Boy Koby Abberton (right) asked for $ 20,000 after the house in Bali that he rented was partially burned down

Former Boy Boy Koby Abberton (right) asked for $ 20,000 after the house in Bali that he rented was partially burned down

Former Boy Boy Koby Abberton (right) asked for $ 20,000 after the house in Bali that he rented was partially burned down

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Koby Abberton, Bra Boy and big wave surfer – $ 20k

Former Bra Boy Koby Abberton also turned to crowdfunding after a foreign disaster last year, when his beach vacation home on Bali had partially burned down.

Despite admitting that she was guilty of the fire, Abberton asked the public for $ 20,000 to help rebuild the house.

He was criticized for not dug into his own pocket to repair the house, but the Bra Boy defended his actions.

& # 39; You do not burn someone's villa and run to the airport, but following some of your comments, you prefer to do that, & # 39; Abberton wrote.

Abberton was criticized for not dug into his own pocket to repair the house, but the Bra Boy defended his actions

Abberton was criticized for not dug into his own pocket to repair the house, but the Bra Boy defended his actions

Abberton was criticized for not dug into his own pocket to repair the house, but the Bra Boy defended his actions

& # 39; You do not burn someone's villa in the photo (down) and you run to the airport, but you prefer to do so in response to some of your comments, & # 39; Abberton wrote.

& # 39; You do not burn someone's villa in the photo (down) and you run to the airport, but you prefer to do so in response to some of your comments, & # 39; Abberton wrote.

& # 39; You do not burn someone's villa in the photo (down) and you run to the airport, but you prefer to do so in response to some of your comments, & # 39; Abberton wrote.

Margarita Tomovska (photo), known as & # 39; Mercedes Mum & # 39 ;, asked the public for support last month after claiming she was the target of the NSW police

Margarita Tomovska (photo), known as & # 39; Mercedes Mum & # 39 ;, asked the public for support last month after claiming she was the target of the NSW police

Margarita Tomovska (photo), known as & # 39; Mercedes Mum & # 39 ;, asked the public for support last month after claiming she was the target of the NSW police

After nearly three weeks, Tomovska is nowhere near her $ 100,000 goal, with only $ 1,200 for her goal - of which $ 1,000 was from one person

After nearly three weeks, Tomovska is nowhere near her $ 100,000 goal, with only $ 1,200 for her goal - of which $ 1,000 was from one person

After nearly three weeks, Tomovska is nowhere near her $ 100,000 goal, with only $ 1,200 for her goal – of which $ 1,000 was from one person

Margarita Tomovska, also known as & # 39; Mercedes Mum & # 39; – $ 100k

The Margarita Tomovska, better known as & # 39; Mercedes Mum & # 39 ;, first made headlines for alleged leading police on a ten-kilometer high-speed chase, and asked the public for support last month.

The 27-year-old – who reportedly reached speeds of up to 200 kph in her $ 260,000 luxury car during the police hunt – turned to GoFundMe because she claimed she could not find a job and & # 39; actually not a bad person & # 39; used to be.

Tomovska focused in particular on NSW Police anti-bikie Strike Force Raptor and claimed that she & # 39; something against her & # 39; had.

& # 39; I created this GoFundMe to provide some support against the bulls they have done to me and everyone else … it's time we fight back! & # 39; she wrote.

But after nearly three weeks, Tomovska is nowhere near her $ 100,000 goal, with only $ 1,200 for her goal – of which $ 1,000 came from one person.

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