Dolly Everett: Family and friends to farewell 'beautiful soul'


A 14-year-old Australian girl from a well-known Northern Territory cattle family ended her life after being cyber-bullied, leaving the nation shocked.

The family shared a drawing by Dolly of a skinny figure bent over backwards with the words, "speak even if your voice shakes" in bold, which she'd completed before taking her own life on January 3.

The 14-year-old former face of the iconic Akubra has become the face of an anti- bullying movement.

"Firstly, we would like to thank the whole community for the overwhelming response we have received since our world came crashing down around us when our handsome Dolly left our family, " a family statement read. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our handsome angel had travelled to.

A mother of a 13-year-old girl who was told to kill herself by online bullies has called for apps that facilitate anonymous messaging to be banned.

The Everett family has received an outpouring of support online.

Everett's father invited her bullies to her funeral.

"This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our lovely angel had travelled to", her family said in a statement accompanying the drawing.

"Firstly 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", he wrote.

"May we please ask for some time to celebrate the life of our much-loved daughter Dolly".

"If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted".

Dolly's death has drawn attention to cyber-bullying, with many mourners urging that more support is needed.

"To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that this was their only option is unfathomable", the company wrote. "Bullying of any type is unacceptable".

"Dolly's passing highlights the devastating impact that bullying can have on its victims", Turnbull said.

"We have people come in who don't even have family and if they didn't have a hair salon to go to I sometimes wonder who would they talk to".

"This is a global fight", she said and stressed on finding out the best strategies to "call out abuse and disrespect".

'No one, especially our youth, should have to read messages like this about them, ' she said.