Tasmania’s racing industry supports Dolly’s dream

Monday 29 January 2018

TASMANIA’S racing industry has encountered its share of bullying cases over the years so it seemed appropriate for it to come out in support of a newly formed foundation that emerged after a Queensland teenage schoolgirl took her own life earlier this month.

When 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett took her own life as a direct result of being bullied it led to a group of her family and friends banding together to create the Dolly’s Dream Foundation.

The Dolly’s Dream Foundation Go Fund Me has raised more than $60,000 in just a few weeks and was started by a family friend Helen Groves.

“Together we can keep Dolly’s dream for a better world alive,” Ms Groves said.

“In remembrance to Dolly, and to facilitate positive change in other young lives, the Dolly’s Dream Foundation aims to provide support to charity groups through fundraising and promotion.

“An aim of Dolly’s Dream is also to deliver information on mitigation of bullying, including cyberbullying, to school-age kids.

“We believe that delivery of a first-hand account of cyberbullying and its effects, and information on management of such a situation, will be an effective means of delivery and will improve retention of information provided.”

The sixth race in Launceston on Wednesday night has been named the Dolly’s Dream Handicap in Dolly’s honour.

The Tasmanian Jockeys Association, in conjunction with Tasracing and the Tasmanian Turf Club, has purchased a set of blue coloured breeches (12) to be worn by jockeys in that race and a special trophy will be presented to the winning jockey in memory of Dolly Everett and the Dolly’s Dream Foundation.

Anyone who knows somebody who might need support should call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit Lifeline.org.au