Top boxer offers free lessons to bullied schoolboy Quaden Bayles
Earlier this week, an Australian mother posted a heartbreaking video of Quaden, her nine-year-old son with dwarfism, saying he wants to "kill himself" after being bullied.
In the video, the boy's mother Yarraka Bayles explains: "I've just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know - parents, educators, teachers - this is the effect that bullying has. This is what bullying does."
While his mother is talking, Quaden sobs uncontrollably, saying: "Give me a knife, I'm going to kill myself."
The heartbreaking Facebook video has since sparked an outpouring of love online and has been inundated with thousands of supportive comments.
In fact, Australian boxer Billy 'The Kid' Dib has offered to help the nine-year-old by giving him one on one boxing lessons.
The former featherweight world champion shared the offer on Twitter, saying that he had already spoken to Quaden about it.
"Just got off a FaceTime chat with young Quaden he is In really great spirits today, I also spoke with his mother Yarraka about offering young Quaden some one on one boxing sessions and she loves the idea," Dib shared wrote. "Looking forward to teaching this little champ some deadly punches."
Another star who has reached out to Quaden is actor Hugh Jackman. Taking to Twitter, Jackman shared a video to his 14.1 million followers, writing: "Quaden - you’ve got a friend in me."
In the video, Jackman tells Quaden: "Quaden, you are stronger than you know mate, and no matter what, you've got a friend in me. So, everyone lets please be kind to each other - bullying is not OK."
PLEASE, if you or anybody you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out to somebody or contact one of the mental health charities below:
CALM: www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
Heads Together: www.headstogether.org.uk
Mind: www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
Papyrus: www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org, 116 123
If you are a non-UK resident, please find a list of mental health charities HERE.