WATCH: Katherine singer-songwriter pens ‘Speak up’ tribute to ‘Dolly’

Speak even if your voice shakes.

The six words of wisdom handed out by a suffering teenager, who could no longer take it.

On January 3, 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett took her own life as a result of online bullying.


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Australians from all walks of life, from the Prime Minister to mums, dads and school children, have taken pause this week to remember Dolly and pray that it doesn’t happen again.

On Friday family and friends farewelled their “kind, gentle, loving little girl” in Katherine, while local singer-songwriter Tom Curtain put pen to paper.

He has taken inspiration from the troubled teen, who shortly before her death finished a drawing which she captioned “speak even if your voice shakes”.

“It has really hit home, we know the family, saw the kids grow up in the camp drafts and I just can’t get my head around it all,” Tom told his Facebook followers.

“I know Dolly wrote the words, “speak even if your voice shakes”, so I wrote a song based on that.

“Not only about bullying, but also the passersby, people looking on. Maybe they could make a difference down the track…”.

Dolly’s family plans to set up a trust called Dolly’s Dream, to help educate children about bullying.

UPDATE: myGC has been in contact with Tom who tells us they are “in discussions now about recording (the song) and donating proceeds to Dolly’s Dream”.

Take a listen (song begins one minute into the clip).

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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Will royalties be directed to Dolly’s Dream?