Dolly Everett: Family calls for action as they say goodbye to their 'kind' little girl

 9news.com.au  1/12/2018 4:00:19 AM  3  

The family of Amy "Dolly" Everett have remember their "kind, gentle and loving little girl"  as someone who knew what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to go get it.

Tick Everett, Dolly mother Meg and her sister Meg spoke to the media after mourners gathered in the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine to farewell the teenager.

The 14-year-old, who was the face of Akubra hats, took her own life last week after months of bullying, with her death garnering worldwide attention as a social media campaign to raise awareness about bullying and youth suicide was launched in her name.

Mourners packed the Casaurina Street Primary School, with most donning blue clothes as a tribute to the teen because it was her favourite colour.

Dolly is being remembered as a "great friend". (Supplied)
Dolly is being remembered as a "great friend". (Supplied)
"Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett was the former face of Akubra Hats. (Instagram)
"Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett was the former face of Akubra Hats. (Instagram)

"Thank you to everybody for the overwhelming love and support..and we appreciate everyone who came along to say farewell to our beautiful sister and daughter Dolly," Mr Everett said.

"As a family we will remember Dolly as a kind, gentle and loving little girl who loved her animals and cared so deeply for other people less fortunate than her.

"She was loved by so many and made friends with everyone she came across. Dolly saw the good in this world and the good of everyone she met."

Taniesha Southeron and Dolly. (Facebook)
Taniesha Southeron and Dolly. (Facebook)
The 14-year-old was the face of Akubra. (Supplied)
The 14-year-old was the face of Akubra. (Supplied)

The family said they are establishing a the "Dolly's Dream" trust in her honour to prevent other young deaths.

Mourners gathered at the Casaurina Street Primary School. (9NEWS)
Mourners gathered at the Casaurina Street Primary School. (9NEWS)

"We don't want another family to go through what we're going through...it won't bring our Dolly back but it may just prevent the loss of another young life," Mr Everett said.

"It should not have taken the loss of a young life to drive this change but this is where our journey will start."

Cars lined the streets of Katherine and had bumper stickers which read "Dolly's Dream".

Cars sported bumper stickers which read #doitfordolly. (9NEWS)
Cars sported bumper stickers which read #doitfordolly. (9NEWS)
Cars sported bumper stickers which read #doitfordolly. (9NEWS)
Cars sported bumper stickers which read #doitfordolly. (9NEWS)

The family has asked attendees to donate to the trust in lieu of flowers.

Her father, Tick Everett, took the extraordinary step of asking their daughter’s bullies to attend the funeral service today.

"If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created," her father Tick wrote on Facebook.

Dolly Everett (R) with her sister Meg and parents Kate and Tick. (Facebook / Tick Everett)
Dolly Everett (R) with her sister Meg and parents Kate and Tick. (Facebook / Tick Everett)
Dolly was farewelled by friends and family in Katherine. (Supplied)
Dolly was farewelled by friends and family in Katherine. (Supplied)

"I just think that it's important now that (anyone who is struggling) speak up, speak up even if your voice shakes, as Dolly would say," Dolly's long-time friend Taniesha Southeron, told TODAY this morning.

"Ask people if they're okay, if they're not okay, seek help. You're not alone, no one is alone."

Taniesha spoke to mourners about her "gorgeous" friend.

Amy Jayne Everett. (Facebook)
Amy Jayne Everett. (Facebook)

"In all honesty, it was probably easy, she's not a hard girl to write about. She's gorgeous, there's nothing you can't say about her," Taniesha said.

"She had a smile that could lighten your day."

As Dolly’s family campaigns for change, Northern Territory Police last night confirmed a criminal investigation was being conducted into her death to examine the role of cyber bullying.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14,  Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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