When this dad heard a story of kids that never get invited to birthday parties he decided he had to do something about it.

South Australian dad and media personality Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello heard a story of a boy who had never been invited to a party and it touched him so much he decided to do something about it.

For his own birthday party on Saturday, December 17, he is inviting 100 children who have never had a party invitation to celebrate with him at Adelaide Zoo.

Sharing on Facebook Cosi wrote,


I can’t get this moment out of my head. Six months ago I was hosting a charity night in the city. A mother got up and spoke bravely about her sons battle with MD and the issues it caused him and their family. I sat there thinking how tough it must be to have a special needs child. How people like this lady give up their lives socially and emotionally and most likely often financially to devote their life to caring for their child. But it’s how she finished her selfless talk that haunts me.

She said ” Do you know the hardest thing about my 12 year old boy having MD?” I was thinking she’d say the sleepless nights, the extra workload as a parent, the 24/7 care but no.. She said ” For years I’ve picked him up from school and I’ve seen all the other kids tearing around waving birthday party invitations yet never once in his life has my child been invited to anyone’s birthday party… ”

Well you could have knocked me off my chair with a finger. It was a knife through my heart. She went on ” I often think to myself just once.. just one day I’d like him to be invited to another kids birthday party” It makes me sad writing this rethinking about the moment she says that.

That same day before I attended the show I had a conversation with my wife saying how annoying the upcoming weekend was going to be running our two little girls to four different parties. I even joked about how it sucks our kids have a better social life than we do and I need to employ a full time UBER driver just to get them to parties. Yet here’s me whinging about it and this Mum stands before me just wanted one single invite for her son. I felt terrible.

So here’s what I’m going to do.. My birthday is Dec 17th and it’s a Saturday. I am going to have my biggest birthday party ever and I’m ONLY INVITING SA KIDS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY BEFORE!! ( or rarely been invited)

The legends at Adelaide Zoo have given me 100 family passes and that’s where my birthday parties going to be! 100 special friends and their families under the rotunda at the zoo ( where I got married!!) Each kid will get a personal birthday invitation in the mail and away we go!

I CANNOT WAIT!! So please do me a favour.. SHARE THIS POST.. I need to get this in front of as many SA families as possible. And if you have a child that tends to miss out on invites for whatever reason PLEASE REGISTER! Here’s the link and I’ll see 100 SA families at the zoo Dec 17th.. my shout xxx

I’m even going to film it for South Aussie with Cosi so the kiddies get to be on Channel 9!”

Here’s the link to register..

This is fantastic! Good on you, Cosi. I hope the kids have a blast.

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  • This breaks my heart knowing that some kids have never been invited to a birthday party :( this man is amazing and I hope that these kids have the most magical day! We as parents need to be making sure our children know that just because someone is different or has special needs doesn’t mean that they can’t be amazing friends or that they can’t come along and enjoy a birthday party! We are lucky and our school is very small, my kids have big hearts and can invite their entire class so no one gets left out. People will say well they get to expensive and kids need to learn they won’t get invited to everything all the time but what if that child was your child I’m sure you’d have a different option.


  • What a lovely gesture. I hope it’s a huge success and those kids have the best day of their lives


  • Good on him. I’m sure it will be The Party of all parties! (-:


  • What a great idea. I hope they had an awsome time.


  • I read a article similar to this on another site. It may not be so much as not accepting a person’s disablility as not having the facilities necessary for child/access to the property/ building/interior etc. eg. it may have a lot of steps, insufficient space in the toilet, no disability equipment. Why not invite the Mum and child to go to the party together so she can care for her child to able to join in.


  • What a wonderful idea! It will be a splendid day at the zoo!!


  • What a legend! Such a beautiful thing to do for these kids. I hope they all have an amazing time. I hope this can encourage kids to open their hearts and think of those who may feel alone and left out.


  • Beautiful !!
    We all should keep our eyes, ears and heart open for those who’re left out in our circle / community.


  • I’m so glad someone has done something like this. It breaks my heart to read posts by mums of children that don’t get invited to birthdays. I’ve even read posts where the whole class was invited except one child.


  • Andrew you are a wonderful human being. Thank-you very much.


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