Stand against bullies on Do It For Dolly Day

Stand against bullies on Do It For Dolly Day


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FIGHTING BULLYING: The parents of teenager Amy "Dolly" Everett, who tragically died last year after being cyber bullied, were named 2019 Australia's Local Hero of the Year. Picture: Supplied.

FIGHTING BULLYING: The parents of teenager Amy "Dolly" Everett, who tragically died last year after being cyber bullied, were named 2019 Australia's Local Hero of the Year. Picture: Supplied.

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Two-time Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain will be taking a stand against bullying with the rest of Australia for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day, next Friday.

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Two-time Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain will be taking a stand against bullying with the rest of Australia for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day, next Friday.

Dolly's Dream was established by parents Kate and Tick Everett shortly after their 14-year-old took her life last year, following relentless bullying and cyber bullying.

Working tirelessly to stamp out bullying by educating and empowering the community, Do It For Dolly Day is the latest step in the Everett's mission to end bullying.

It is a mission the country musician is proud to be a part of.

Tom Curtain with Lucy and Rhapsody. Picture Supplied.

Tom Curtain with Lucy and Rhapsody. Picture Supplied.

On the back of a three month 'Speak Up' tour through regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Mr Curtain said he was inspired to write the songSpeak Up by Dolly's words, "Speak even if your voice shakes".

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"I wrote the song when I heard the devastating news. I didn't expect it to take off like it did. Now I see kids singing it in schools; some schools even play it before the bell goes," he said.

Amy 'Dolly' Everett left behind parents and a sister who are committed to preventing other families from going through the same devastating experience. Picture: Supplied.

Amy 'Dolly' Everett left behind parents and a sister who are committed to preventing other families from going through the same devastating experience. Picture: Supplied.

"The parents of kids who have been bullied come and hug me and thank me so it is making a difference."

With one in four Australian students suffering through persistent school bullying and one in five bullied online, Mr Everett said he hoped a community show of strength would drive home the anti-bullying message on Do It For Dolly Day.

"By coming together and getting behind the cause, people will encourage their mates to do the same," Mr Everett said.

"Before long, everyone will feel brave enough to speak out against bullying."

Since the devastating day the Everetts lost their daughter, they have thrown their weight against the silent killer.

And in a remote town like Katherine, where there is a lack of youth mental health services, their help is especially needed.

The parents have dreamt big for Dolly and delivered school programs to combat cyber-bullying, bullying workshops, and raised thousands of dollars for their anti-bullying campaign.

On Do It For Dolly Day, May 10, people can support the Everett's vision by "going blue" at school or work and holding fundraising events, which will help provide valuable resources to parents of bullied children.

"Blue was Dolly's favourite colour and we're hoping that creating a sea of blue on Do It For Dolly Day will remind people to be kind to those around them," Mrs Everett said.

For more information or fundraising ideas visit the website here.

Katherine Times

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