At the beginning of 2018, the Foundation, like the rest of the country, was devastated by the untimely death of 14-year-old Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett.
Dolly was the victim of relentless bullying. Established in Dolly’s memory by her parents, Kate and Tick Everett and her sister Meg, Dolly’s Dream acts as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and works to prevent the lives of other children being lost.
They committed to making Dolly’s Dream a reality. The strength of Kate and Tick’s voices has become a platform for action.
Dolly’s Dream: raises awareness about the serious issue of bullying and its devastating effects
provides assistance and supports children affected by bullying
educates the community about bullying issues and advocates for bullying laws and regulations
delivers information on ways to help prevent bullying and cyber bullying in communities
works to change cultures and prevent bullying through a variety of educative approaches.
It was clear that Dolly’s death had a huge impact on Australians across the country and the Everett family has been overwhelmed by the support and kindness shown by friends and strangers.
To safeguard the future of Dolly’s Dream and to ensure the organisation operates to its full potential, Kate and Tick (pictured) chose to work with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
They were seeking an experienced charitable organisation with extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced bullying and/or cyber bullying. By doing this, all funds raised would have maximum impact.
The Foundation is supporting Dolly’s Dream by providing a home base, shared resources and legal and financial governance expertise, as well as connecting the newly formed Dolly’s Dream Advisory Board to experts in bullying education, cultural change and child protection. This all ensures that Dolly’s Dream is informed by evidence-based and best practice methodologies.
The Dolly’s Dream Advisory Board reports to the Board of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. Together with the tight-knit Dolly’s Dream community, we have already made significant progress.