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Father invites 14-year-old daughter's bullies to her funeral

12 January 2018

Amy Everett had been the face of Australia's Akubra campaign.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday released a statement expressing his heartbreak for the Everett family. "You will never know what have until it's gone".

The shock of Dolly's tragedy has touched hearts and reminded many to check in with children and teens who may be suffering in silence.

'From pain and loss we must renew our commitment to say no to bullying.

"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 lovely Dolly left our family, " a family statement read.

"Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister, friend".

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Tick, who posted the message four days after the passing of his daughter whose nickname was "Dolly", also insisted that her life would not be a "waste".

Amy Everett, known as Dolly, died last week aged 14.

Local businesses and cars have been covered in signs and stickers with the hashtags #dollysdream and #speakevenifyourvoiceshakes - the name of the anti-bullying trust set up by her family and the later Dolly's own words on speaking up. Dolly who was not even 15 at the time of her tragic death, had completed a drawing with "Stand up, speak even if your voice shakes" written on it. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our attractive angel had travelled to.

According to the stats provided by the National Centre Against Bullying, one in five Australian children have reportedly been bullied in the past 12 months, while a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family revealed between 10 and 20 percent of children and young people have become a victim of cyber bullying.

Dolly's death has sparked both sadness and outrage among many families, including those from rural and regional Australia.

'The rise of online social media platforms present new challenges.

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"They are not alone - there is a Global alliance of people that want to help support and empower", she said in response to a question on Twitter.

He says, he wanted them to "witness the complete devastation" they created.

Mourners have also been asked to wear blue, which was Dolly's favourite colour.

In an emotional Facebook post, Everett's father, Tick, suggested those who had persecuted the teenager attend her funeral, which was held on Friday morning in Katherine, a cattle-ranching town in the remote Northern Territory.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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Father invites 14-year-old daughter's bullies to her funeral