EXCLUSIVE: From being abandoned by her mates to being ‘blown away with love’: Girl, 9, is given a trip to Dreamworld by Domino’s after her friends couldn’t come to her birthday
- Domino’s worker Miles made Skylah a special ‘dessert pizza’ for her birthday
- Her mum earlier called to cut down her large order after invite cancellations
- His kind act went viral after the pizza chain shared a post about it on Facebook
- Mum Lauren O’Rourke told Daily Mail Australia Miles went ‘above and beyond’
- Domino’s have gifted family a trip to Dreamworld as Skylah’s birthday present
A young girl and her family have been gifted a trip to Dreamworld by Domino’s after her friends couldn’t come to her ninth birthday party.
Mum Lauren O’Rourke, from Coolum, on Queensland‘s Sunshine Coast, arranged a day of activities for daughter, Skylah, followed by a sleepover, on September 24.
But a series of last-minute cancellations forced Ms O’Rourke to call her local Domino’s store to cut down on her large, pre-booked order for the night.
However, after an employee dropped off the single pizza, another delivery man brought a surprise second delivery.
Shift supervisor Miles knocked on the door and revealed he had whipped up a custom ‘dessert pizza’ for Skylah – and that wasn’t where her run of good luck ended.
Lauren O’Rourke pictured with her daughter Skylah, who celebrated her ninth birthday last month
Pictured: The custom made dessert pizza Miles made for Skylah’s birthday party on September 24
Ms O’Rourke told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Miles knocked on the door and said to Skylah “I made you a pizza. We heard some of your friends couldn’t come. We wanted to cheer you up”.
‘And she said “is this pizza just for me?” and he said “yes it’s all for you.”
Ms O’Rourke said they took the box into the kitchen and opened it to find a special bespoke dessert, featuring brownies, churros, and chocolate sauce. ‘It was totally made with love,’ she said.
‘Skylah said: ‘OMG I feel so special, this is my birthday!”
‘A simple act of kindness like that can just flip someone’s day around.’
Miles’ kind deed went viral last week after it was shared in a post by Domino’s Australia, racking up more than 142,000 reactions and 2800 comments.
Ms O’Rourke said the company has since reached out to the family to offer the family a trip to the Gold Coast to visit the theme park.
‘After connecting with Lauren, we discovered her birthday wish was to visit Dreamworld with her family and friend who attended her birthday party,’ a Domino’s spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
Miles pictured holding the special dessert pizza and a ‘Happy Birthday’ message scrawled on a pizza box using chocolate sauce
Skylah pictured at home smiling after receiving her special ‘dessert pizza’
‘To help make her birthday wish come true, Domino’s gifted Skylah six tickets to Dreamworld, as well as a voucher for her family to enjoy a pizza night after the big day out.
‘Domino’s is passionate about bringing people closer through the world’s best bonding food, and is thrilled we could bring a ‘slice’ of joy to Skylah on her ninth birthday.’
Ms O’Rourke said the family are ‘so thankful’ to the pizza company and have been blown away by the ‘worldwide love movement’ sparked by the viral post, with people from Germany, the USA, and Portugal commenting to with the young girl birthday wishes.
Despite some friends being unable to make the party, Ms O’Rourke said Skylah has been brought up to focus on the positives and was grateful some were able to attend.
The mother-of-three said the family were blown away by Miles’ act of kindness and were really appreciative of the impact it had on her children.
‘I am very passionate about teaching my daughter about kindness, gratitude and love, and not passing judgement,’ she said.
Ms O’Rourke said she was grateful for Miles’ act of kindness and for the impact it had on her children. Pictured: Skylah (left), her sister Marni (centre), and Ms O’Rourke (right)
The family are now set to go to Dreamworld in the Gold Coast (pictured) to fulfil Skylah’s birthday wish
‘To see that returned, to have that given back to her, so she will understand kindness works both ways – it was beautiful. It was the most genuine kind act.’
Ms O’Rourke said Skylah’s birthday started with a minor hiccup when the group arrived to the local swimming pool – after walking through the heat – to discover it was closed.
However, they readjusted their plans to a fun night filled with swimming in the bath tub, eating pizza, and building tents in the living room for the sleepover.
On Friday night, the family dropped by the store on Friday night to see Miles and say thankyou.
‘My daughter wanted to return the favour so she bought him a box of chocolates,’ Ms O’Rourke said.
‘I think Skylah’s made a little friend with him.
‘I hope Miles has a wonderful life and good things come for him from this. He deserves a world of happiness.’
And from now on, they will be keeping in touch.
‘Domino’s is our local, so we will be seeing Miles every now and again when we go back.’