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Monthly Update – October 2022

October has come and gone, and we have a few exciting updates to share.

Do It For Dolly Day 2023 has been announced for May 12th, we’ve run some impactful workshops on the Bass Coast, seen some amazing fundraising efforts by Tocal College and we can share some news from one of our incredible sponsors ALPA.

Read on for more information about the above, below!


Save the date! Do It For Dolly Day is now set for May 12th, 2023 💙

More info on what you can do for Do It For Dolly Day 2023 – holding a Do It For Dolly Day event at your school or early learning centre is a great way to bring your community together and give people the opportunity to support Dolly’s Dream. You can find some ideas here, and we will be providing registered schools and ELCs with a range of Kind Activities to do in the classroom on Do It For Dolly Day.

We will also be holding an online Do It For Dolly Day Kindness Workshop for schools in early May which you can register for here.

Do It For Dolly and register your primary school or Early Learning Centre to participate in our Colour Explosion Fun Run! The most colourful fun run day you and your students can have, all while fundraising for Dolly’s Dream and creating a day that gives your centre or school community the opportunity to spread kindness and say no to bullying. Sign up for your fun run on any day in May as part of Do It For Dolly Day here!

Or click here to register.


We would like to thank Tocal College Rotary Connect for choosing Dolly’s Dream as their charity of choice for their latest fundraiser for the second year running. They raised a total of just over $1500 on the day! More – “Being an Agricultural College, we want to see young people in regional areas thrive and support each other during the great and not-so-great times.

This year we held a raffle and a BBQ fundraiser. Our students approached local businesses for prize donations. The first prize was a saddle from Maitland Saddleworld, 2nd prize was a Motorbike Lifestyle pack from Maitland Motorbikes, and 3rd prize was accommodation and breakfast at Paterson Lodge. We also had many gift voucher donations and caps and jewellery. The fundraiser was very successful, raising $1507.39 in total.

The Tocal Rotary Connect group membership changes each year. We will consult with the students next year to determine where they would like to direct their fundraising efforts. Undoubtedly, we will always have Dolly’s Dream as one of our considerations each year.”

Thank you again to Tocal College for your continued support!


Schools across Bass Coast Shire are being helped to learn about how to stay safe online through workshops offered by Dolly’s Dream.

More than 55 workshops are taking place from Monday, 10 October to Friday, 4 November at 16 primary and secondary schools in Wonthaggi, Rhyll, Newhaven, Cowes, Inverloch, Corinella and San Remo.

Dolly’s Dream General Manager, Stephen Bendle said the workshops are tailored to different age groups and also specific workshops for parents.

“Designed by leading experts and delivered by teacher-trained facilitators, our workshops are built to be interactive and engaging, without fear of judgement,” Stephen said.

Supported by Wonthaggi Police and Bass Coast Shire Council, Youth Resource Officer Leading Senior Constable Brendan Horrocks said community safety is at the core of everything Victoria Police does. 

“We want everyone, including our young people, to be safe no matter what environment they are in.  The online environment can sometimes be overlooked, but online harm is an issue that continues to raise its head and the consequences can be devastating,” he said.

“Partnering with community organisations such as the Bass Coast Shire, Phillip Island RSL, Wonthaggi Lions Club, Watersure, SJD Homes and Blue Light to bring Dolly’s Dream into our schools, to empower our young to keep themselves safe online, is another way we, as community members ourselves, can work towards our overall goal of community safety.

Bass Coast Shire’s Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said Council is thrilled to see Dolly’s Dream in Bass Coast.

“We are proud to be able to support this program and see it roll out in our local schools. We want all young people living in our communities to be safe online,” Cr Whelan said.

Bass Coast College’s San Remo’s Campus Principal, Emma Harris, said she welcomed the opportunity to hold the workshops.

“These workshops are an important preventative measure which will help to continue to ensure the online safety and wellbeing of our students,” she said.



We are humbled and excited to share that the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association Ltd recently set a new fundraising record, donating $133,000 to Dolly’s Dream through this year’s charity auctions.

ALPA chooses an annual charity every year, this year it was Dolly’s Dream.

ALPA Chief Executive Peter Baldwin – “We look for something that is a truly national charity and we just believe the principles behind Dolly’s Dream resonated very strongly with our members, it was just so appropriate for us,” he said.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed, with the support we had, right across the nation.”
Thank you so much to the ALPA for choosing to support Dolly’s Dream! We are so grateful for the difference that this fundraising will mean to our anti-bullying initiatives for young people and their families.


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