Loreto College literally took a stand against bullying and cyber bullying on Friday with the biggest whole-school awareness and fundraising effort in the school’s history.
VCAL student Brooke De Grandi organised a day in support of Dolly’s Dream, a foundation established in memory of Northern Territory teen Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett who took her own life at age 14 after being bullied and cyber bullied.
“The final written words of Dolly Everett – ‘speak even if your voice shakes’ – and her story really resonated with all the girls at Loreto,” Brooke said.
Students gave a gold coin donation to dress in blue, which was Dolly’s favourite colour, and a bake sale and sausage sizzle added to funds raised throughout the term.
At 12.35pm the whole school gathered on the main oval for a minute of silence before forming the Dolly’s Dream logo – Do it for Dolly!
“We wanted to do something to raise a visual awareness of cyberbullying and young people committing suicide, and to try to prevent this from happening,” Brooke said.
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“Cyber bullying affects a lot of people, and her death affected a lot of the community. We need to watch what our young kids are doing online … and they need to be aware that when you put something on the internet it doesn’t disappear even if you delete it.”
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