Brad Williams Raises Money for Bullied Child, Shocked by Donations From Listeners

Fiji Airways also pledged round trip airfare to the GoFundMe effort

February 21, 2020

Brad Williams' message to bullies is strong: bullying will not be tolerated. 

After seeing the story of an Australian child with dwarfism who was suffering from severe bullying in school, the comedian put a message out on Twitter to see what kind of support he could give to Quaden Bayles and his family. The response helped put him in touch with Quaden's mother, who posted the video that went viral around the world.

Brad Williams called into Stryker & Klein from RADIO.COM's KROQ in Los Angeles to talk about how the video moved him. "I saw the video and it broke my heart," Williams explained. "This kid has dwarfism. He has the same type of dwarfism I do, and I saw the video and I thought, 'I got to do something, but I'm a world away.' When I saw the video I just wanted to hug the kid, I wanted to find out who bullied him, but I just wanted him to feel better."

Brad decided that he could start with a GoFundMe to help raise funds for Quaden and his mother to fly to America, stay in a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland. His initial goal was $10,000 but in the course of less than 24 hours, the donations exceeded over $75,000. After his appearance on the show, those donations jumped to well over $275,000 thanks in part to listeners moved by the story.

As it turned out, a representative from Fiji Airways also happened to be listening and called in to make a pledge to the effort to make Quaden's life a little more magical. They have decided to donate round-trip airfare to Quaden's family to visit Los Angeles from Australia.

Now, it was time for Stryker & Klein to deliver the great news. They called Brad Williams back to inform him of Fiji Airways generous contribution to the cause.

"My phone will not stop ringing, which I'm totally fine with because it's unbelievable and it's amazing," Williams said, flooded with calls from his initial appearance on the show.

Brad was very moved when he was told of the donated flight, fighting through tears to say thank you. "I"m know I'm suppose to be the comedian and I'm not suppose to cry but, I just want to do right by this kid."

Hear Brad Williams' reaction below.

As Brad wrote in his GoFundMe description "there is good in the world" and the community response shows it. 

The GoFundMe for Quaden is still accepting donations and any additional money after all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities.

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