The family of bullied Quaden Bayles have turned down a trip to Disneyland paid for by well-wishers – and have vowed to give the staggering $700,000 charity fund to anti-bullying groups instead.
Nine-year-old Quaden has dwarfism and melted hearts around the world when a video of him in floods of tears after vicious taunting from vile bullies went viral.
Millions of people were horrified by the footage filmed by the lad’s mum , Yarraka, who posted the upsetting clip to launch an anti-bullying drive.
After watching the youngster beg his mother to let him kill himself American comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism, set up an online fundraiser to send the youngster on the trip of a lifetime.
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Money flooded in to the site with 20,000 people donating $723,000 (£355,000) in the space of a week.
But now brave mum Yarraka has said that the cash should go to community groups that help others like Quaden.
The youngster’s aunt Mundanara told Australian news channel NITV news that the family are in talks to divert the funds to groups in need.
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She said: “What kid wouldn’t want to go to Disneyland, especially if you have lived Quaden’s life.
“But my sister said ‘you know what, let’s get back to the real issue’.
“This little fella has been bullied.
"How many suicides, black or white, in our society have happened due to bullying.”
She added: “We want the money to go to community organisations that really need it. They know what the money should be spent on.
“So as much as we want to go to Disneyland, I think our community would far off benefit from that.”
The fundraiser, launched just one week ago, was set up to show Quaden he “is a wonderful human being who deserves joy”.
Comedian Brad Williams wrote : “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.”
Quaden’s family said they were still choosing where to donate the dough – but they have already said Dwarfism Awareness Australia and the Balunu Healing Foundation will benefit from the funds.
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