Comedian Brad Williams Helps Encourage Bullied 9-Year-Old Boy With Dwarfism With Trip To Disneyland. Australian native, Quaden was born with Achondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism, and is currently 9-years-old. Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, shared a heartbreaking video of Quaden crying and visibly upset after being bullied for his dwarfism.
Comedian Brad Williams caught wind of this distressing video and immediately felt a connection with Quaden, as they both have Achondroplasia and face prejudice and ridicule over the condition. Brad was heartbroken and decided to start a GoFundMe to raise funds to show Quaden there are kind people out there who love him and want to see him thrive in life and that bullying is wrong and there are good people out there who have his back. To help show Quaden there is a better world out there, Williams wants to bring Quaden and his mother to America to visit Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
My bet is once Disney catches wind of this they will make sure to work their magic for Quaden!
Aside from a few bullies who are bullying me for taking a stand against bullies, this fundraiser is unreal. So amazing to see all sorts of people come together. Quaden is going to have the time of his life! And it’s all thanks to you! https://t.co/vGLHQXzO0K
— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 20, 2020
Williams shared, “9 year old Quaden is an amazing boy from Australia with dwarfism. One day when his mother picked him up from school, she found Quaden in hysterics. Quaden was being bullied so horribly in school, that he just could not take it anymore. His mother filmed his tearful outcry and put it on Facebook to let people know the effect that bullying can have. The bullying was so severe, in the video Quaden can be heard saying “Give me a knife—I want to kill myself.” I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy. I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.”
Brad continued, “This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough. Let’s show Quaden and others, that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it. I have been in touch directly with Quaden’s mother. So I will have their information to book the flights. Funds raised will be spent on two airplane tickets for Quaden and his mother from Australia to Los Angeles. As well as providing a hotel, food, and tickets to Disneyland Park in Anaheim for multiple days. After all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for, any excess money will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities.”
The initial video is shockingly full of raw emotion including Quaden repeatedly asking for someone to kill him due to the distress the bullying is having on his physical and mental health. Remind you, Quaden is NINE YEARS OLD. We have posted the video shared by Quaden’s mother below, but please know there is some distressing language. Quaden’s mom, Yarraka, wants people to realize just how deep of an impact bullying has on victims who are seeing zero support by adults who can intervene but choose not to, or don’t do enough to prevent bullying in the first place. You can watch the video below:
This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭
Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Other celebrities and athletes have stepped in to share their support for Quaden and to take a stand against bullying. Most notably was a video shared by Actor Hugh Jackman and another video and photo shared by The Indigenous NRL All Stars.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
— NRL (@NRL) February 20, 2020
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Well done to the Indigenous NRL All Stars Team for standing up to bullying and giving such a special honour to a very special young Indigenous son Quaden Bayles – Y’all know how I feel about bullying of any kind, people big or small, who are unkind can straight get in the rubbish where they belong.. Life is for the loving ♥️
The GoFundMe account has already blown expectations out of the water, with an initial goal of $10,000, the account at the time of writing sits at nearly $150,000!!! We hope Quaden feels the support from around the world that bullying is NOT okay and starts to see more kindness and less hate in the days to come. We also hope he has a great trip to Disneyland and gets the royal treatment before, during, and after his visit!
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