November community fundraising round-up
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Kindness at Koroit and District Primary School (KDPS)
The students at KDPS in Victoria have been busy raising funds for Dolly’s Dream throughout the year.
They’ve had heaps of activities throughout the year: a pancake day, pyjama day, casual clothes, a footy and pie day, as well as a blue Dolly day.
On that day, students worked together, solving puzzles that were buried in the sand, helping each other complete an obstacle course, making kindness biscuits, decorating kindness rocks for their wellbeing garden and doing activities that show how we can be kind at school and home.
In a contest all about character, personality and poise – 12-year-old Lilyanna Cardamone used the Dolly’s Dream message as inspiration to finish second in a field of 500 applicants at the Miss of Australia National Finals.
Lilyanna dedicated one of her gowns, the Australian-themed wear, to the memory of Dolly Everett. The dress was hemmed at the knee, accessorised with cowgirl boots and an Akubra hat.
She successfully campaigned, spreading awareness about the effects of bullying and raised hundreds of dollars for Dolly’s Dream.
What a beauty
When it comes to paying it forward, it’s not often that Tick Everett is genuinely surprised by the generosity of people. Enter – Windscreens Territory. Travelling home on a recent road trip, Tick called ahead to the Darwin business to get his windscreen replaced.
“It didn’t click at first, but then when I saw his key ring and the Dolly’s Dream hat in the car, we realised it was Dolly’s father,” owner Trudy Arrigo said. Trudy, Stephen, Mick and Brock put their heads together on how to replace the #doitfordolly windscreen sticker. A quick call to Craig at nearby printing business, Curby’s NT, and the good deed was in motion.
Tick arrived back three short hours later to see the new windscreen, new decal and the complimentary service and he could not believe his eyes.
The Arrigo family at Windscreens Territory are supporters of Dolly’s Dream, have purchased merchandise from Bairnsdale Horse Centre and followed the Dolly’s Dream journey since it began. “We all stick together in the Northern Territory,” Trudy said.
Rogue Pony is used to supporting its community and recently embraced the Dolly’s Dream family in its network. The Geraldton business in WA is owned and managed by Steph Johnson who decided to add Dolly’s Dream Baxter Boots to its range – and she also went the extra step of matching Baxter’s $25 donation per pair of boots sold.
“We as a store just really wanted the boots to help make a difference and this was our way of contributing. We also bought the Akubra pins to have in store for people,” Steph said. The store sponsors local and regional events in WA and also helps a team of talented horse riders.
The equine industry is one of Dolly’s Dream’s biggest supporters and Rogue Pony’s just added to that!