The family of a young Australian girl – who took her own life after being ‘overwhelmed’ by online bullies – has launched a foundation in her memory.
14-year-old Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett – who was once the face of Akubra Hats – took her own life days after sketching a haunting pencil drawing featuring the words: ‘Speak even if your voice shakes’.
And as her devastated family prepared for her funeral on Friday, they launched Dolly's Dream – a foundation aimed at helping others suffering from bullying.
‘The Dolly’s Dream Foundation is a charity group established by family and friends of Dolly Everett,’ the group writes on its newly formed Facebook page.
‘Dolly was the victim of bullying, and ended her own life at the young age of 14.
‘In remembrance to Dolly, and to facilitate positive change for other young lives, the Dolly’s Dream Foundation aims to provide support to charity groups through fundraising and promotion.'
In a statement, Dolly’s devastated family – her father Tick, mother Kate and sister Meg – described her as the ‘kindest, caring, beautiful soul’.
‘Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to,' they wrote.
A funeral service for Dolly will be held on Friday and the family asked for time to ‘celebrate the life of our much-loved daughter’.
Donations can be made to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation via the following bank details:
Dolly’s Dream Foundation
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story and need someone to talk to, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.