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QUEBEC: Welfare recipient Rania El-Alloul turns down $52,000 raised through crowdfunding

Quebec woman denied her day in court over hijab turns down $52,000 raised through crowdfunding

 | March 13, 2015 1:59 PM ET
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Rania El-Alloul is interviewed in her home in Montreal's West Island suburb of Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec.

Christinne Muschi for National Post Rania El-Alloul is interviewed in her home in Montreal’s West Island suburb of Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec.

Rania El-Alloul’s full letter

 Hello everyone,

First, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the financial and emotional support shown to my family through this funding campaign. As you know, my intention to share my story was motivated by a desire to raise awareness about an issue that should never be faced by any person regardless of their faith, gender, race or other. The pursuit of justice and equality is the reason many people from around the world come to establish roots and a new home in our society. I believe that our Charter of Human Right and Freedoms was designed to unify and protect the weakest of our citizens, and our courts of law represent the last bastion of hope for those looking to have their stories heard and rights upheld.

Although, I very much appreciate the financial support offered by this generous and warm hearted campaign, I cannot accept this gift. The awareness raised by this campaign has brought us people from all over, who have offered support to carry this issue forward. As a result, I believe that these funds can be put to better use helping those whose rights have been forfeited and stories left untold.

Again, I want to thank you for your support and kind comments. My family and I have been deeply touched by this show of our societies’ most meaningful values; freedom, justice and solidarity.

Thank you,
Rania El-Alloul

A Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab has said no thanks to $52,000 raised on her behalf through a crowdfunding campaign.

The money collected on the gofundme website was to be used to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car.

The drive was in response to a judge’s refusal to hear her case against Quebec’s automobile insurance board, which had seized her vehicle.

El-Alloul said in a letter on the website that she appreciates the financial support offered by the “generous and warm-hearted campaign.”

But, she added, she can’t accept the gift.

“The awareness raised by this campaign has brought us people from all over, who have offered support to carry this issue forward,” El-Alloul wrote.

“As a result, I believe that these funds can be put to better use helping those whose rights have been forfeited and stories left untold.”

Campaign organizers said they would like to earmark some of the money to help El-Alloul, who is pursuing legal action through the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

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