Queensland: After 9-year-old Quaden Bayles’ heartbreaking story went viral, there has been an outpouring of love and support from all corners of the world. Moved by his cries, National Rugby League’s Indigenous All Stars too decided him to cheer him up and invited him to a match. Also Read - Two Sisters Launch Anti-Bullying Campaign 'Stop The B' to Raise Awareness Among People
On Saturday, Bayles took centre-stage as he walked out with the team ahead of an exhibition match against the New Zealand Maoris, as thousands cheered for him. Also Read - Teachers' Day 2020: Time to Appreciate Our Teachers Because Adapting to New Technology is Not Easy
It all happened after Fullback Latrell Mitchell, of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, had invited him to lead out the side. “We’ve got your back and just want to make sure that you are doing alright… we want you around, we want you to lead us out on the weekend,” he said. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Hits Back at Naseeruddin Shah For His 'Half-Educated Starlet' Statement, Asks 'Would You Say This to Star Kid'
As Bayles held the hand of team captain Joel Thompson, he also posed with the teams holding the match ball, before handing it to the referee amid cheers from the audience.
Watch him in action here:
Earlier this week, a video on social media went viral showing Quaden Bayles profusely crying and asking for a knife so that he could stab himself to the heart after being bullied due to his dwarfism.
“This is the impact bullying has on a 9-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun. But every single day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another thorn, another name-calling,” his mom said in the background.
Actor Hugh Jackman too reached out via Twitter to Quaden and sent a video of himself letting the Australian boy know that he’s his friend.
Bayles was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism.