The parents of teenager Amy “Dolly” Everett, who died in January last year, have been named Australia’s Local Hero of the Year for 2019.
Kate and Tick Everett were presented with the award at a ceremony in Canberra on Friday, for their work with Dolly’s Dream, which aims to raise awareness about the potentially devastating effects of cyber-bullying.
The couple started the foundation to create positive change and a legacy for their daughter who took her own life in January 2018 after being bullied online.
Kate Everett fought back tears after accepting the award at the National Arboretum in Canberra.
“In the words of Dolly speak even if your voice shakes, so please excuse us if our voices shake,” she said.
“Out of our tragedy, we created Dolly’s Dream. A vision to educate families and communities on the impacts that bullying has on young lives.”