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Founder of prominent anti-vaccine group is devastated they’re about to go bankrupt

Founder of prominent anti-vaccine group is devastated they’re about to go bankrupt

Monica Smit is asking the elderly to give over their inheritance savings to help her.

One of Australia's leading anti-vaxxers has made an astonishing plea to the elderly to save her group from bankruptcy.

Reignite Democracy Australia's (RDA) is on the brink of financial collapse and its leader, Monica Smit, is now requesting that the country’s elite donate to her cause.

Smit became well known during the Covid-19 lockdown for her extremist views and outlandish protests.

“You can just straight out donate or if you’ve got, you know, an inheritance and you’re older and you don’t know what you’re going to do with it, why not support us?” she said in a video posted to YouTube.

“If we don’t get an answer in the next two months, I’m going to have to close all the services with RDA.

“I’ll keep the business directory open, I’ll keep the tools that are already there open, but there’ll just be nothing new coming out of it because I’m going to go bankrupt.”

The anti-vaxxer went on to reveal she was using the last of her savings to head to Europe to spread her dangerous message of RDA.

Ah yes, because when my money's dwindling, I head to Barcelona too.

“I have Reignite Freedom which is a global organisation and I’m travelling Europe soon on my own money because I still believe that if I keep doing what I feel is right in my heart, somewhere along the line God will look after me, so I’m happy to spend the last of my savings on that, because what I’ve learnt creating community groups in Australia, it’s going to really help me to do the same thing for Europe," she said.

“I’m going to travel around Europe and create events and help them to create a communication structure and then I’m going to move on.

According to RDA’s website, Smit spent 22 days in solitary confinement in a high-security prison for promoting anti-lockdown protests.

Right now, the organisation states that they are at risk of collapsing as they’re sitting more than AUD $80,000 (£42,842) in the red.

In a letter pleading to the public to donate, Smit wrote that the organisation has no large investors, no government handouts or grants and must pay taxes while operating as a 'non for profit'.

“There are countless financial obligations when employing people and owning a business, I just can’t keep up," she wrote.

Pause while we whip out the world's tiniest violin for the situation.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Reignite Democracy Australia

Topics: News, Australia