Gawker is ending its hunt for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s alleged crack video.
The New York-based news and gossip website announced Thursday the $201,199 raised during a recent phenomenal Indiegogo fund-raising campaign will now be donated to for Toronto-area charities.
“As you may recall, roughly six weeks ago we succeeded in raising $200,000 from readers in an effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. I’m disappointed to announce definitively that the money won’t be going to purchase and publish a video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine,” Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook announced in a blog post. “(For an explanation as to why, go here.) Instead, we are pursuing the Plan B we laid out when we began the project: donating the funds to Canadian organizations that address the fallout from substance abuse.”
Gawker will pay Indiegogo $8,047.96 for hosting the campaign, and PayPal $8,368.43 for processing the payments. The remaining $184,782.61 will be donated to the four GTA-based charities, with each receving $46,195.65.
The lucky organizations are:
The Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke - a 25-year-old nonprofit community organization aimed at improving the lives of Somali immigrants and refugees in Toronto’s Etobicoke neighborhood and beyond. Gawker says the donation will be dedicated to the organization’s Youth Leadership Program.
The South Riverdale Community Health Center - is a community-based non-profit outreach organization offering medical and social services to much of southeast Toront. The donation will be earmarked toward the SRCHC’s drug programs.
Unison Health and Community Services - community-based non-profit health center offering integrated social and health services serving much of northern Toronto. Gawker says the donation will fund the organization’s drug programs.
Ontario Regional Addictions Partnership Committee – a community-based non-profit which facilitates, advocates for, and guides the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program in Ontario. Gawker said the funds will go toward purchasing equipment and training drug and alcohol counsellors.
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