A photo of Dolly as a child in an Akubra hat when she was the face of the iconic brand has gone viral since her parents, Tick and Kate Everett, released it as part of a social media campaign to raise awareness of the impact of cyberbullying.
"This is all we are capable of at the moment and ask for your respect to give us time to grieve", the family said in a statement to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Her family said her death came after she was victimized by cyberbullies. "It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour".
Fighting back tears, he described Dolly as "kind, gentle and loving", a "happy go lucky" girl and a "pocket rocket" who loved animals.
Given that it was also on social media that Dolly received abusive messages, her father's wish is that those who tormented his daughter from behind screens could see, in real life, the painful consequences of their actions.
"If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted", he said.
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Akubra Hats also addressed the tragedy on their Facebook page and called for an end to bullying.
"Speak even if your voice shakes", he said, quoting a caption of a sketch of a dancer that Dolly had recently drawn. "To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that this was their only option is unfathomable".
Friends and strangers reflected on Dolly and her battle that has touched the nation's heart.
"Bullying of any type is unacceptable".
"From pain and loss we must renew our commitment to say no to bullying ..."
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One in seven Australian children are often subjected to cyber-bullying, according to the National Centre Against Bullying, and youth suicide in the Northern Territory, where Everett was from, is among the highest in Australia. The Australian Institute of Family Studies says about and young people have been cyberbullied.
Attendees from across rural Australia wore blue, Dolly's favorite color, to the funeral in solidarity with her family, reports. "Go do what Dolly did, it should've been you not her".
"They are not alone - there is a Global alliance of people that want to help support & empower".
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