No one turned up to autistic little girls ninth birthday

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No one turned up to autistic little girls ninth birthday

  • Candy Butchers organised a birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter
  • Rhianna, who is autistic, was counting down the days to the party
  • But then everyone cancelled on the day, leaving the mum extremely upset
  • She posted about it on Facebook and got hundreds of responses worldwide
  • Soon mums from all over Melbourne were heading to her house for the party†

By Lauren Ingram For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:11 EST, 6 February 2017 | Updated: 00:11 EST, 6 February 2017

It's the agonising moment no mother wants to go through. You spend hours organising a party for your child only to find no one turns up.†

That's what happened to Candy Butchers, a 26-year-old mum of two from Melbourne.†

She organised a birthday party for her nine-year-old girl who has autism, but 10 guests cancelled, leaving the mum heartbroken.

Melbourne mum Candy Butchers (left) had planned a birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter Rhianna (right) Melbourne mum Candy Butchers (left) had planned a birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter Rhianna (right)

Melbourne mum Candy Butchers (left) had planned a birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter Rhianna (right)

Rhianna, who is autistic, didn't have any friends to invite. So her mum invited her own friends and their children to the party Rhianna, who is autistic, didn't have any friends to invite. So her mum invited her own friends and their children to the party

Rhianna, who is autistic, didn't have any friends to invite. So her mum invited her own friends and their children to the party

Her daughter Rhianna was counting down the days until her birthday party.†

Because her daughter doesn't have many friends, Ms Butchers made sure enough people were invited for a party.†

'Rhianna is autistic, sheís high functioning but she doesnít get the social cues,' the mum told Daily Mail Australia.

'She gets bullied a lot and didnít have any friends to invite. I invited my friends and their children.'

The night before the big day, Ms Butchers and her husband Adam cleaned and decorated, preparing the cakes and snacks.

But then, on the day of the party, everyone who was planning to come, 10 families in total, cancelled and said they couldn't make it But then, on the day of the party, everyone who was planning to come, 10 families in total, cancelled and said they couldn't make it

But then, on the day of the party, everyone who was planning to come, 10 families in total, cancelled and said they couldn't make it

Ms Bucther was devastated, and said she spent an hour crying, unsure of what to tell Rhianna Ms Bucther was devastated, and said she spent an hour crying, unsure of what to tell Rhianna

Ms Bucther was devastated, and said she spent an hour crying, unsure of what to tell Rhianna

But then on the morning of the party, text messages starting coming in with people saying they couldn't make it.†

'I invited 25 people,' the 26-year-old explained. 'Of that 10 people said that they were going to come, but everyone cancelled.'†

Ms Butchers said she was distraught. She didn't know what to do and felt like she had let her daughter down.

'I went outside. I sat out there for a good hour or two bawling my eyes out,' she said. 'I donít know how to tell her nobody is coming.†

'How do I explain to a nine year old with autism that nobody is coming to her birthday party? I felt so heartbroken. I felt like a failure as a mum.'

The 26-year-old then posted about her feelings in a private Facebook group called Midnight Mums The 26-year-old then posted about her feelings in a private Facebook group called Midnight Mums

The 26-year-old then posted about her feelings in a private Facebook group called Midnight Mums

Soon, people from all over the world were posting messages wishing Rhianna happy birthday (pictured) Soon, people from all over the world were posting messages wishing Rhianna happy birthday (pictured)

Soon, people from all over the world were posting messages wishing Rhianna happy birthday (pictured)

In her distress, the 26-year-old took to a Facebook group she was a part of, Midnight Mums, to post about what had happened.†

'It's my beautiful little girl's birthday party and no one is showing up,' wrote.†

Then she sat with her husband while they let Rhianna play on the computer, trying to work out what to do.

'Then my phone just kept buzzing and buzzing,' Ms Butchers said. 'There was already over 100 comments on the Facebook post.

'People from all over the world were posting photos of their kids with signs, wishing Rhianna a happy birthday.'

Ms Butchers said that her phone kept 'buzzing and buzzing' with messages of support Ms Butchers said that her phone kept 'buzzing and buzzing' with messages of support

Ms Butchers said that her phone kept 'buzzing and buzzing' with messages of support

Many people said they would visit if they lived closer, but offered well wishes and asked if they could send cards and presents Many people said they would visit if they lived closer, but offered well wishes and asked if they could send cards and presents

Many people said they would visit if they lived closer, but offered well wishes and asked if they could send cards and presents

Suddenly mums from all over Melbourne were saying they were packing up their kids and coming over.†

'In the end there was at least 40 adults and children. My house was packed,' the mum said.

'People were bringing food and wine and cake and drink.†Someone even brought a mini petting zoo. They brought her presents and cards and gave her money.'

Soon mums were getting in the car to travel across Melbourne so that Rhianna could have a birthday party† Soon mums were getting in the car to travel across Melbourne so that Rhianna could have a birthday party†

Soon mums were getting in the car to travel across Melbourne so that Rhianna could have a birthday party†

In the end, 40 people came to Rhianna's birthday party, bringing presents and cards for her (pictured) In the end, 40 people came to Rhianna's birthday party, bringing presents and cards for her (pictured)

In the end, 40 people came to Rhianna's birthday party, bringing presents and cards for her (pictured)

Ms Butchers, and Rhianna, were overwhelmed by the party, with the nine-year-old telling her mum it was the best birthday she'd had.

'People Iíve known for 20 years shunned my child and cancelled, and people Iíve never met come out of the woodwork and helped,' the mum said.

'So many other mums who live near me messaged and said "let's have coffee, let's organise a playdate.''†

It just goes to show, sometimes social media can bring people together.†

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