National children’s charity to support Dolly’s Dream

Media Release - 8 May, 2018

National children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is proud to announce its support of Dolly’s Dream.

Fourteen-year-old Dolly was the victim of bullying and tragically ended her life on 3 January, 2018.

Dolly’s Dream was started by her family and friends, in remembrance of Dolly, to help prevent the lives of other children being lost. It aims to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, and to work to create positive change.

To safeguard its future, Dolly’s parents, Tick and Kate Everett, have decided to work with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

The Foundation’s CEO, Lesley Podesta, said she was honoured to support the Everetts and help them achieve their dream for Dolly.

“Through supporting Dolly’s Dream, we will continue to change the culture of bullying in Australian schools and our community,” Ms Podesta said.

“Every child deserves to be kept safe from violence and bullying.”

Tick and Kate Everett said they were excited by the opportunities provided by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to continue to honour the memory of their daughter.

“By creating Dolly’s Dream and working with the Foundation, we hope to save more families the heartache we have suffered and to ensure that we can continue Dolly’s legacy by protecting all young people from the devastating effects of bullying and cyber bullying,” they said.

 “This relationship will ensure that Dolly’s Dream has the support of one of Australia’s best known and trusted children’s charities.”

Dolly’s Dream will raise awareness about the serious issue of bullying and its devastating effects.

Dolly’s Dream hopes to support practical advice and information delivered within schools and local communities on how to reduce bullying and cyber bullying.  It will help to give parents real information on how their child’s school prevents bullying and keeps students safe, particularly in rural and regional communities.  It will have a clear focus on issues of child-on-child bullying and violence. And it will be a strong voice on behalf of parents whose children are affected by bullying.

“Since its launch, the Everett family has been overwhelmed by the support and kindness shown by friends and strangers. It’s evident that Dolly’s life and death has had a huge impact on Australians everywhere,” Ms Podesta said.

“Tick and Kate will continue to lead Dolly’s Dream, together with Dolly’s sister Meg and an advisory board of community leaders who are committed to work in the memory of Dolly to create positive change.”

The Advisory Board will recommend how best to spend monies raised to ensure Dolly’s Dream programs and services will provide the greatest impact.

The Everetts said they were pleased to have the support of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

“The Foundation’s work over the past 21 years to keep children across Australia safe from violence and bullying reassures us that we are working with the right people” they said.

“The funds raised for Dolly’s Dream will provide assistance and support to children affected by serious bullying and help to advocate for bullying. We want to make a real change and ensure no other family suffers again.”

To make a donation please go to www.gofundme.com/dollysdream

For more information, contact Deborah Morris at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation on 0450 784 847 or at deb.morris@amf.org.au

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