Do It For Dolly Day

Friday 10 May 2019

Do It For Dolly Day is an initiative which hopes to extend the Dolly’s Dream message within the community and build on the support available for those impacted by bullying.

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.

This Do It For Dolly Day, on Friday 10 May 2019, join us to commemorate and celebrate Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett in the following ways:

  • Express your ‘True Blue’ spirit by wearing or decorating in blue
  • Participate in a fundraising activity (e.g. sausage sizzle, walkathon, quiz night, etc)
  • Encourage and show kindness at school, in your neighbourhood or at work.  Here are some ideas:

At school

  • Invite someone playing alone to join in your game
  • Ask an adult on the playground how their day has been
  • Make a friend with somebody new at your school
  • Make a kindness note or letter for a friend

At home

  • Tell your family how much you love them
  • Clean your room without being asked
  • Tell a joke
  • Watch someone else’s favourite TV show

There are many ways to be kind to others, you are only limited by your imagination.  For inspiration go to Pinterest.

Want to get involved? Discover how here.

#doitfordollyday

Our champions

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.