'Dolly' Everett memorial: Family make emotional plea as bullied teen remembered

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The Everett family has launched a campaign called #StopBullyingNow, which spread rapidly on social media following the news of Dolly's death.

When she was just six years old, Amy Jayne Everett appeared in an ad for Akubra hats, which represent Australian outback life in the same way Stetson hats symbolize Texas.

A LOCAL hair salon is reaching deep to support the family and wider community of 14-year-old Amy "Dolly" Everett who died by suicide this month.

Dolly, who was the face of Akubra hats, has been remembered by her family as the "kindest, caring, handsome soul".

"As a family, we will remember Dolly as a kind, gentle and loving little girl who loved her animals and cared so deeply for others less fortunate for her", he said.

Cyberbullying is relentless, 24/7, and the anonymity of the Internet makes it hard for bullies to feel empathy for their victims, the group's Jeremy Blackman told the BBC. "Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister or friend".

He says, he wanted them to "witness the complete devastation" they created.

"I screamed in sideways and there she was". "You either liked her or you loved her, there was nothing in between".

The opposition Labor Party's last prime minister, Kevin Rudd, tweeted, "Any form of bullying is an assault on our values".

'They are celebrating Dolly's life in Toowoomba, Warwick and other parts of the country.

Akubar Hats has also joined the awareness campaign. "Stop bullying and be kind, and do it for Dolly". Turnbull, the prime minister, said society needs to do more to protect young people, although he didn't make any specific suggestions. "Dolly saw the good in this world and the good of everyone she met", he recounted after the service, 9 News reports.

Launching Dolly's Dream, Tick said: "We do not want another family to go through what we are going through".

"Through this trust we hope to raise awareness around bullying, anxiety, depression, and obviously youth suicide", he said. "And in this young girl's life with lethal effect." dolly will be Farewelled at a funeral service in Katherine on Friday.

But the brunt of his message was for those who had lead his young girl to take her own life.

A memorial service at Our Lady of Lourdes from 10am Saturday had originally been planned for family and close friends only.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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