The Givealittle page set up by Jonah Lomu's wife, Nadene Lomu, "The Legacy of Jonah Lomu' to fulfill Jonah's dreams and to support their two sons in the future," is to be pulled down at her request, which was confirmed this morning.
Lomu died unexpectedly from a cardiac arrest earlier in the week. He suffered from a rare kidney disorder known as nephrotic syndrome and in 2004 he underwent a transplant.
On Wednesday, Nadene posted the Givealittle link to a status on Facebook, along with the words, "I promise my dear husband, all that we said we were going to do together, I will do everything and more...you blessed the world with your presence and now the world will celebrate the great man you were and will always be."
Soon after the page was set up, the site crashed due to it being inundated with people wanting to give their donations.
On the page, Nadene Lomu reveals that the family had plans to travel overseas early next year to pursue business opportunities which would then provide for their family's future.
She says, "Jonah and I had big plans to make a difference in the world with all that he learnt and for the great husband, father inspiration and icon to the world he will always be and with that as a team together we were going to build a lasting legacy."
Two days ago, Spark NZ set up a Jonah Lomu tribute page with Givealittle saying, "We at Spark NZ would like to pay our respects to Jonah and his legacy by giving to a cause that we know was important to him, and encouraging others to do so too."
All proceeds will go to Kidney Kids NZ, an organisation that Lomu was the patron of and shared many special moments with.