Evans does it for Dolly
Memorial service for teenager
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
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.
ABOVE: Amy Jayne Everett.