Evans does it for Dolly

Me­mo­rial ser­vice for teenager

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Jas­mine Burke Jas­mine.Burke@north­ern­star.com.au

THE sui­cide of teenage coun­try girl and for­mer face of Akubra hats, Amy Everett, has struck a chord with strangers far and wide.

A crowd of about 40 peo­ple made up of friends and sup­port­ive strangers wear­ing blue gath­ered at Evans Head main beach yes­ter­day to com­mem­o­rate the life of 14-year-old North­ern Ter­ri­tory girl Amy, af­fec­tion­ately known as Dolly, who died by sui­cide on Jan­uary 3 fol­low­ing months of bul­ly­ing.

The Ryan fam­ily from Dalby, who were close with Dolly and her sis­ter through camp drafts, de­cided to hold their own me­mo­rial while on hol­i­days in Evans Head after be­ing un­able to at­tend her fu­neral.

Re­becca Ryan said: “Lo­gis­ti­cally it was too hard to get there for the fu­neral be­ing down here so we thought we would do some­thing down here.”

Heart warm­ingly, the re­sponse was huge.

“It just started off as our fam­ily but then a few peo­ple heard about it and wanted to join us and ev­ery­one’s out in blue. It’s very nice to see,” Ms Ryan said.

Re­becca’s son, Cody, who was friend of Dolly’s, said he will miss the “proper down to earth girl”.

He de­scribed her as an in­tel­li­gent girl, great with her horses and nice to ev­ery­body.

“It’s tragic that no one knew some­thing was wrong,” he said.

“Bul­ly­ing is al­ways a prob­lem but no­body knows the sever­ity of it and how bad it is un­til some­thing like this hap­pens.

“I think peo­ple should be care­ful of what they say around peo­ple and read peo­ple a lit­tle more, and I think the peo­ple who are get­ting bul­lied need to speak up ... there’s so many peo­ple in this world, there is al­ways some­body who will be there for them and some­one who’s been through it.”

Fa­ther of the boys, Jim Ryan, said it was a plea­sure know­ing Dolly and her sis­ter.

“Her mum and dad will never see her grow into the beau­ti­ful young lady she was des­tined to be,” Mr Ryan said.

“My heart breaks that this lit­tle girl’s lone­li­ness was so un­bear­able she thought the only way was to leave this world.”

Bully Zero foun­da­tion on 1800 028 559

Be­yond Blue on 1300 22 4636

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kid­shelpline.com.au

PHOTO: MARC STAPEL­BERG

IN MEM­ORY: Tilly Ryan with fam­ily Bec, Cody, Jim and Darby at Evans Head main beach where they held a me­mo­rial for 14-year-old Dolly Everett fol­low­ing her tragic sui­cide.

PHOTO: AAP

ABOVE: Amy Jayne Everett.

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