Over $100k Raised For Melbourne 'Trolley Man' Hero In Online Donation Drive
People nationwide have rallied around the heroic 'trolley man' who tried to stop Friday's Bourke Street attack in Melbourne.
Footage of Michael Rogers, 46, launching the trolley at attacker Hassan Khalif Shire Ali was widely shared after the attack, with many praising his efforts and calling for him to receive a bravery award.
Rogers, who is experiencing homelessness and had his phone smashed in the incident, told Channel 7 he was "no hero" for his actions, but he appears to be the only one who thinks that.
A GoFundMe account from the Melbourne Homeless Collective is raising money for this "incredible man" who "put his own life at risk to stop a terrorist".
As of time of publication, the fundraiser has attracted $109,000.
"He’s a hero in our eyes and he can do what he feels best with any funds he receives. He risked his own life that day for nothing in return and you can’t put a price on that," the GoFundMe reads.
The funds raised far surpassed the original target, which the Collective says has completely blown then away.
"Let's aim for the sky," they said. "Our hero absolutely deserves it."
The reluctant hero described the incident seen by thousands to Channel 7, telling the network how he tried to get Shire Ali to the ground.
"I've seen the trolley to the side and I picked it up and I ran and threw the trolley straight at him and got him but didn't get him down," said Rogers.
"And I did that motion quite a number of times and it was just not getting him down."
Three people were stabbed in the incident, which claimed the life of beloved local icon Sisto Malaspina.
His pasta and coffee bar Pellegrini's is closed, and will remain closed until Monday, but a tribute of flowers is growing.
"There's a hole in Melbourne's heart now that you're gone," reads one note left at the shrine.
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