About Yarraka & Quaden Bayles
Yarraka and Quaden Bayles are mother and son who live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
They descend from a long line of Aboriginal activists who are well known in the Indigenous Australian community and abroad for their humanitarian work.
Quaden is a 9 year old Aboriginal boy who was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
He has gained a large following since the age of 4 when a documentary aired that covered his first life saving surgery in 2015 at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Quaden has since had several other surgeries in a bid to improve his quality of life and he continues to defy the odds as he bounces back strong after each obstacle.
Yarraka is a mother and grandmother who has dedicated her life’s work to building a more accepting and inclusive world for all.
As passionate advocates for human and animal rights and social justice, Yarraka and Quaden continue to honour the legacy of their parents, grand parents and ancestors in working for the greater good of humanity.
In This Episode
Yarraka sheds light on some of the things that were uncovered as a result of her going live on Facebook with her son Quaden in February 2020.
Yarraka talks about a number of sensitive issues, namely racism, discrimination, bullying and an extraordinarily high rate of teenage indigenous suicides.
She talks about Quaden’s journey up till now. The number of operations he has had to have throughout the course of his very young life. As well as the bullying and hate he was subjected to.
When I asked Quaden why he doesn’t like school which might have been a silly question: He said: because of the bullies.
I was alarmed as well as touched when Yarraka told me about a suicide note of 12-year-old girl. “Maybe when I’m gone the racism will stop”
In spite of what they have been through Yarraka remains hopeful, its not all doom and gloom and every cloud has a silver lining.
This podcast episode is well worth of your time.
This is a cause that needs support and all our love and compassion.
I invite you to listen and to share it with anyone you think might benefit from listening.
If you would love to be a guest, or if you know someone who would be a great guest, please get in touch via email, or send me a personal message.