If there’s one story that’s going to warm your heart today, it will be this one…
A young boy who was filmed in a state of hysterics by his mother to show the harmful effects of bullying has been given a life-changing invitation by the NRL Indigenous All Stars.
The footage of Queensland schoolboy Quaden Bayles, 9, went viral on social media on Wednesday afternoon, with millions of people throwing their support behind the young boy.
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“This is the impact bullying has on a nine-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun,” Quaden’s mum can be heard saying in the clip, which shows the youngster telling the camera that he wants to end his life.
“This is what bullying does. So can you please educate your children, your families, your friends,” the mother continues.
Quaden was diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism when he was just three days old and continues to suffer relentless bullying.
The Indigenous All Stars team saw the heartbreaking video online yesterday and reached out to Quaden, asking him to lead the team out onto the field in tomorrow’s game on the Gold Coast.
“Hey Quaden. How’re you going Cuz? We just want to wish you all the best brother,” Lattrell Mitchell can be heard saying in the video posted to the NRL Twitter account.
“We know you’re going through a hard time right now. But the boys are here and we’ve got your back. We’re here to support you bud.
“We just want to make sure that you’re doing alright. And make sure that you know your mum’s on your side and we’re on your side. Just make sure you’re just thinking the right things bud. Cause want you around and we want you to lead us out on the weekend.
“It’s going to mean more to us than it will to you, bud. Just make sure you’re looking after yourself and hopefully we’re going to see you in the next couple of days.”
— NRL (@NRL) February 20, 2020