Amy “Dolly” Everett has been remembered as a cheeky, fun loving girl who adored animals.
Dolly, as she was known to family and friends, took her own life at the age of 14.
Mr Everett recalled a young Dolly, at about six-years-old ordering his boss to get her an icypole.
“That was Dolly to a tee. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go and get it,” he said.
The nickname Dolly came from the day of her birth, Mr Everett said.
“I screamed in sideways and there she was. Kate looked down and said she was just like a perfect little china doll,” he said.
“Dolly just stuck.”
The little girl who was the face of Akubra “loved anything with four legs and a heartbeat”.
“If she could poddy it or raise it, she would,” Mr Everett said of his daughter’s habit of adopting orphaned animals.
“Sometimes, much to my disgust, I’d come home and there would be another poddy on the veranda. But that was Dolly,” he said.
Megan remembered her sister as someone who was “always there, always willing to help”.
Mr Everett said the family was overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support.
They had expected 50-60 people at the funeral, not the hundreds that turned out.
But Mr Everett said Dolly’s story was also that of many other children.
“It is sad. There’s probably thousands of kids who’ve already done this,” he said.
“With anything in life, somebody’s got to stand up and try to make a change.
“We realise there are still going to be kids slip through the cracks – that’s life – but we’ve got to save as many as we can.”
Mr Everett said the family intended to educate kids about bullying through speaking engagements at schools. They plan to establish a trust to be called Dolly’s Dream.
In a prepared statement, he thanked the media and public for the response to the campaign so far.
“As a family, we will remember Dolly as a kind, gentle and loving little girl who loved her animals and cared so deeply for others less fortunate for her,” he said.
“She was loved by so many and made friends with everybody she came across.
“Dolly saw the good in this world and the good in everybody she met. We don’t want another family to go through what we are going through and our vision is to establish a trust called Dolly’s Dream.
“It won’t bring our Dolly back, but it may just prevent the loss of another young life.
“It shouldn’t have taken the loss of a young life to drive this change, but is where our journey will start.”
The Northern Territory has Australia’s highest rate of suicide.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 18.7 people die by suicide in the NT for every 100,000 residents.
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