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Online appeal raises almost $140k to send nine-year-old bullying victim to Disneyland

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An online fundraiser to send a nine-year-old victim of horrific bullying and his mother to Disneyland has raised almost $140,000.

An online fundraiser to send a nine-year-old victim of horrific bullying and his mother to Disneyland has raised almost $140,000.

There has been an outpouring of support for Queensland boy Quaden Bayles, who has achondroplasia, after a heartbreaking Facebook video was posted by his mother in which she pleads for advice on how to stop bullying from his classmates.

Thousands of Australians have rallied behind the young boy, including actor Hugh Jackman who posted on Twitter a 20-second video addressed to Quaden.

"Quaden you are stronger than you know mate and no matter what, you have got a friend in me," he said in the tweet.

The fundraiser was created yesterday and quickly surpassed its original $10,000 goal.

"I'm setting up this [fundraising page] to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy," the organiser of the crowdfunding page wrote.

The funds will be spent on plane tickets for Quaden and his mother from Australia to the US, accommodation costs, and an unforgettable Disneyland experience.

"This isn't just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren't good enough," the post on the fundraising page reads.

"Let's show Quaden and others, that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it."

At the time of publication, more than 6000 people have donated almost $140,000 to the cause.

After trip expenses, excess money will be donated to various anti-bullying ad anti-abuse charities.

Quaden is also set to lead the Indigenous NRL All Stars onto the field on Saturday night as the sports community rallies to send a strong stance on bullying.

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Victims of bullying can contact Kids Helpline for free on 1800 55 1800.

Readers seeking support can contact Lifeline crisis support on 13 11 14, visit lifeline.org.au or find an Aboriginal Medical Service here.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/online-fundraising-page-to-send-bullying-victim-quaden-bayles-to-disneyland/395f720a-5435-4010-888c-cddcdb9464cd

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