Friday 10 May 2019 was the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day, an initiative that extended the Dolly’s Dream message within the community and built on the support available for those impacted by bullying.
Do It For Dolly Day reached more than 1.2 million people! That’s 1.2 million people spreading kindness, and championing Dolly’s Dream.
We could not have done it without your support.
Whether you held a fundraiser, wore blue, talked to someone about bullying or liked one of our Facebook posts, you made a difference in the lives of children faced with bullying.
Looking for more?
We released a heap of great resources in the lead up to #doitfordollyday. Whether you’re looking for ways to talk to your child about bullying or you want to know what you can do to help build resilience, we have you covered with a series of videos and factsheets to suit you.
We want to continue to raise awareness about the issue of bullying, provide support and deliver educational resources for parents whose kids may be bullied or bullying.
You can keep the Do It For Dolly Day message going by spreading kindness throughout the whole year. Here are some ideas:
There are many ways to be kind to others, you are only limited by your imagination.
If you’re looking for Dolly’s Dream merchandise to wear or sell at your fundraising event you can find it all here. Event packs can be pre-purchased and sold on the day at your event.
Emma Booth was 11 when she excelled on horseback, however, her riding ambitions were put on hold in April 2013 when a serious car accident left her paralysed from the waist down. Determined to ride again, Emma overcame incredible challenges to get back in the saddle within six months of the crash, going on to compete in dressage at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. Emma, now 27, became a Do It For Dolly Day Champion to spread positivity. She wants to remind people that although bullying has terrible consequences, kind actions and words, in everyday life and on social media, can have an equally positive impact.
Tom Curtain is a two-time Golden Guitar winner and Dolly’s Dream ambassador. He and the Katherine Outback Experience team have just completed a three-month ‘Speak Up’ tour through regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Tom was inspired to write the song Speak Up by Dolly’s words, “Speak even if your voice shakes”. He recorded the duet with Sara Storer and within two days of it being released, Speak Up reached the top spot on the iTunes Country Music Chart.
Tom has a close relationship with Dolly’s parents, Kate and Tick, and has signed on as a Do It For Dolly Day Champion to continue promoting kindness and speaking out against bullying.
Swimmer Maddie Elliott hit the global stage at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, when she became the youngest Australian Paralympian to win a gold medal. Maddie was only 13 at the time and also took home one silver and two bronze medals.
In 2014 she followed up this huge success by breaking a world record at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and again at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, where Maddie’s record-breaking performances earned her three gold and two silver medals from her eight events.
The talented swimmer became an Australian hero but also the target of online bullies who questioned the extent of her mobility impairment, her classification and her credibility.
Maddie signed on as a Do It For Dolly Day Champion to speak out against bullying and to support other young people who are experiencing cyber bullying.
When Victorian year 12 student Wren Gillett was 14, a fellow student set up an Instagram account dedicated to distributing hurtful messages about her. Since that time, Wren has rekindled a friendship with the girl who bullied her. She believes today’s young people need support and resilience training because their peers can always reach them. Wren, who chairs the VicSRC, hopes to study law or broadcast journalism and dreams of working with the United Nations. She has signed on as a Do It For Dolly Day Champion because she is passionate about empowering young people.
Australian actor Lincoln Younes was bullied during his school years, and has signed on as a Do It for Dolly Day Champion to honour Dolly’s plight and help put a stop to bullying. He wants to reassure young people that their bullies and school life don’t define them and that they are not alone. Lincoln is sending his support for Do It For Dolly Day all the way from the US. He is currently in Los Angeles filming Eva Longoria’s new series Grand Hotel for ABC US, which is set to air in June. Back home he is best-known for his roles as Romeo Kovac in Tangle, Casey Braxton in Home and Away and Chris Vesty in Love Child.