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Fundraiser collects $300,000 for dwarf boy in bullying video


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

22nd Feb, 2020. 10:51 am
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A handsome amount of A$452,000 ($300,000; £230,000) has been collected to send a nine-year-old Australian boy to Disneyland after bullying video went viral

A handsome amount of A$452,000 ($300,000; £230,000) has been collected to send a nine-year-old Australian boy to Disneyland.

A video went viral in which the boy, Quaden was being bullied.

Yarraka Bayles posted a video in which her son was seen weeping after he was bullied at school for his dwarfism.

Mother said in the video,“This is what bullying does,”. Son was also seen screaming that he wants to die.

Yarraka Bayles said in the video, “I’ve just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know – parents, educators, teachers – this is the effect that bullying has,” 

“Every single… day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another taunt, another name-calling.

“Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?”

However, the GoFundMe page has collected 30 times more than a $10,000 target. 

US comedian Brad Williams has set up the page to raise funds after the video went viral. 

The National Rugby League’s All-Stars team have also Quaden to lead out the side of their match today. 

Various international celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and basketball player Enes Kanter have expressed their concerns. Parents from other countries have spoken on this matter in video messages.

Jackman motivated Quaden and said, “you are stronger than you know, mate”. He encouraged everyone to be kind.

Ms. Bayles said at a press conference that she hoped her matter can raise awareness regarding bullying.

She said, “We are losing way too many people because of bullying, because of discrimination, because of racism. There are so many factors of bullying,”

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare losing their babies and for me, that’s my reality every day,” She also said that suicide attempts are very real. 

“On top of that, being an Aboriginal boy with a disability, people don’t understand that’s a double-edged sword. There’s racism and then there’s discrimination because of the disability.”

 

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