Schools and workplaces were awash with blue on Friday 10 May, with thousands standing together against bullying on the first Do it for Dolly Day.
Dolly’s mum, Kate Everett, said remembering to always treat others with respect was a positive first step in lessening the impact of bullying.
“Blue was Dolly’s favourite colour and we hope that creating a sea of blue on Do it for Dolly Day will remind people to be kind to those around them,” she said.
Dolly’s dad, Tick Everett, said he hoped a community show of strength would drive home the anti-bullying message on Do it for Dolly Day.
“By getting behind the cause together, people will encourage their mates to do the same and, before long, everyone will feel brave enough to speak out against bullying,” he said.
Fundraisers occurred in every state and territory and schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, businesses, girl guides, sports clubs, hospitals, government departments, as well as other charities all took part.
Communities commemorated Dolly and supported her family’s mission by ‘going blue’ at school or work and holding fundraising events to help provide valuable resources to parents of bullied children.
Businesses and sporting clubs donated a percentage of sales from Knights Roses dedicating a rose shrub to Dolly, and others selling blue flowers, scrunchies, driving lessons, beauty treatments, blue food and blue cocktails, just to name a few. Schools sold blue cupcakes, milkshakes and jelly and dressed in blue for a gold coin donation. And there were morning teas, afternoon teas and sausage sizzles – Maple Street Meats even made a blueberry sausage!
Hundreds of photos were shared across #doitfordollyday and here are just a few to show how different communities were raising awareness and spreading kindness all over the country.
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