Malachi's fourth birthday celebration took an unexpected twist when his school buddies teased him about his vegan cake. His mom, Angel Craine, reached out to the vegan community for assistance. Thanks to their help, Malachi's fifth birthday promises to be a much happier event.
Birthday parties are meant to be special, featuring a unique birthday cake and, if there are adults around, maybe a fizzy drink or two.
But for this little one, who's about to turn four, things didn't quite unfold as expected for his birthday bash.
Unfortunately, little Malachi, who's just four, didn't want anyone to come to his birthday party because his mom had to order a vegan cake.
When all the school kids decided to skip the party because Angel Craine's son is vegan, the 27-year-old mom desperately reached out for assistance.
Craine sent out invitations for the birthday bash two weeks prior, but after Malachi's schoolmates started teasing him about the vegan cake, there was no response at all.
Craine shared: "They've all bullied him and told him they aren't coming unless he has a cow in his cake."
The mom explained that Malachi's birthday falls at the end of October, and she had intended to bake a chocolate vegan cake for the occasion, with a Pokémon theme.
"I just can't get over that kids his age already bully vegans," the devastated mom added.
"[Malachi] was pretty sad that no one wants to be his friend or come but he's pretty resilient."
Upon discovering that nobody would be coming to the party, Craine turned to the Vegans in Australia Facebook group for advice on what to do next.
She shared on Facebook: "My four-year-old son seems to get bullied a lot for being vegan."
"Apparently none of his friends want to come to his birthday if he has a vegan cake and are always being rude about him being vegan all the time."
"So I'm wondering if there are any people around the northside of Brisbane with vegan children that would like to come to his fifth birthday."
Since then, Craine has been touched by the overwhelming support from the post, and now 12 children belonging to group members are expected to join the celebration.
"He's super excited to make friends with similar interests and ethics," the mom continued.
"I absolutely am in awe of how caring the vegan community is."
While Craine expressed her pride in her child for standing up for his beliefs, it's evident that she's deeply upset by the bullying her son faced at school.
Malachi's story serves as a reminder to be kind and accepting of children's choices, whether it's about food or lifestyle. Supporting them helps create a world where all kids can celebrate their birthdays without the fear of bullying.