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DANIEL Roberts and Shan­non Bleak­ley de­cided they needed to do some­thing to sup­port the Dolly Dream Foun­da­tion, thus the Doin’ it for Dolly Char­ity Rodeo was born.

The Dolly Dream Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished by the Everett fam­ily af­ter their 14-year-old daugh­ter, Amy “Dolly” Everett, ended her life due to bul­ly­ing.

Event or­gan­iser Shan­non Bleak­ley said she couldn’t imag­ine putting her­self in Kate Everett’s shoes.

“I have a 10-year-old daugh­ter and a five-month-old daugh­ter,” Ms Bleak­ley said.

“I don’t know how she is do­ing it. She is so strong, I can’t imag­ine what she is go­ing through.

“Dolly was not much older than my 10-year-old daugh­ter, the thought of her be­ing in Dolly’s sit­u­a­tion scares the hell out of me.”

She said if they could change the opin­ion of one child at the event, if they could get them to turn around and see how many peo­ple care it would be worth its weight in gold.

“If we can change the mind­set of one child, I would do this one mil­lion times over just to stop an­other fam­ily from go­ing through what the Everetts are go­ing through,” she said.

“We can’t ex­pect one per­son to move moun­tains on their own.”

Ms Bleak­ley said if the Everetts were go­ing to try and put a pos­i­tive spin on this tragic sit­u­a­tion and get

the mes­sage out there so peo­ple could start talk­ing about youth de­pres­sion and sui­cide, then they wanted to do ev­ery­thing they could to help.

“If they are go­ing to do it, they are go­ing to need a whole heap of sup­port be­hind them, so we feel that a way for us to lend our sup­port is to hold the rodeo,” she said.

“We’ve got peo­ple from all over the coun­try com­ing to at­tend and vol­un­teer, ev­ery­one just wants to be in­volved. It re­ally has af­fected ev­ery­body. It’s sad that it takes a tragedy for a change to oc­cur.”

Ms Bleak­ley said when it came to is­sues such as bul­ly­ing, de­pres­sion and sup­port­ing our kids, she be­lieved ev­ery­one needed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

She hoped peo­ple would come along, en­joy the night, raise aware­ness and show their sup­port for the Everett fam­ily.

The rodeo will be held on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, at the Spring­sure Show­grounds. Gates open at 1pm and the main event starts at 6pm. En­try is $5 for those un­der 18 and $10 for adults. All money raised will go to­wards Dolly Dream Foun­da­tion.

Com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to wear blue.


CHAR­ITY RODEO: Daniel Roberts and Shan­non Bleak­ley have or­gan­ised the Doin' it for Dolly Char­ity Rodeo in Spring­sure.

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