Gold Coasters are being encouraged take a stand against bullying by wearing blue this Friday for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day.
The initiative is a chance to raise awareness about the issue of teenage bullying, as well as raising funds for the Dolly Dream Foundation, which was set up in memory of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, aged 14, who took her own life after an extended period of bullying and cyberbullying.
Lauren Ballie told myGC the foundation do incredible work.
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“The foundation has put together some great programs to get the word out there about bullying and why it needs to stop,” she said.
“Do It For Dolly Day is a way to get the conversations happening. They are asking people to wear blue as it was Dolly’s favourite colour.”
Ms Ballie said locals can continue to raise awareness and funds following the day too.
“This is a cause really close to my heart. I’m doing the Gold Coast Half Marathon to raise awareness and funds.
“I really want my daughter to grow up in a world where bullying is not ok and there are systems in place to support everyone going through it. That is what the foundation is doing, so I really want to support that.”
For more information on Do It For Dolly Day, visit: dollysdream.org.au/do-it-for-dolly-day/ and to support Lauren Ballie’s run to raise awareness, donate here: dollysdream.everydayhero.com/au/do-it-for-dolly-half-marathon-fundraising-event