In February this year, Yarraka Bayles had shared a video of her nine-year-old son, Quaden Bayles, breaking down after being bullied by his school mates for his dwarfism. The disturbing video had spread like wildfire across social media, with millions responding with compassionate messages. The video had also sparked numerous debates on bullying.
Ajay wrote, “Dear son, I also cried once, just like you. But those tears were the fuel that motivated me to reach great heights.” The actor also encouraged Quaden to never back down or cry for that would ‘defeat his mother’. “Remember that no one can douse the fire within you, except yourself. I dedicate this note to all those going through similar situations.”
His heart-warming post caught the eye of the mom-son duo who responded with delight. In a recent interview with the Australian media, Yarraka also offered her gratitude to Ajay.
Speaking to DT Next, Ajay said, “My friends had shared his video with me and when I saw it, I could empathise with Quaden’s pain. I wanted to respond not just for Quaden but for every child like him,” adding, “I want to invite Quaden to act in a movie with me. I will be delighted if he accepts.”
Throughout the conversation, Ajay kept stressing upon the importance of creating awareness in society about bullying.
“When people are informed about the harm it does, I believe we will be more empathetic as a society,” he said. “There are millions of mothers like Yarraka who go through similar situations.” The actor noted that he became successful only because of his family’s constant support.