Mak­ing dream come true

Pony sale to counter bul­ly­ing

Central and North Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­

FROM tail­ing out wean­ers to trot­ting over tarps, the Towne kids have put Pump­kin through her paces.

The ris­ing-four welsh pony will go un­der the ham­mer at the Barkly Gol­drush Cam­p­draft on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, to raise money for Dolly’s Dream.

Dolly’s Dream was set up in mem­ory of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, who took her life after an ex­tended pe­riod of bul­ly­ing and cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

Dolly’s Dream is fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing pro­grams that ed­u­cate par­ents on the prob­lem of bul­ly­ing, its ef­fects and how to deal with it; work­ing with schools to iden­tify and man­age bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour ef­fec­tively; and to build em­pa­thy and re­silience into chil­dren’s lives.

Dolly’s Dream aims to em­power peo­ple to be able to recog­nise bul­ly­ing when it hap­pens, then be brave enough to stand up and talk about it.

The Towne fam­ily, based at Gogo Sta­tion just east of Fitzroy Cross­ing in the Kim­ber­ley, de­cided to donate the pony after hear­ing the tragic news of Dolly’s death ear­lier this year. Jack (13), Chloe (13), Annabelle (11) and Emily (10) have all had a hand in her train­ing, un­der the close su­per­vi­sion of their par­ents Chris and Sally.

Chris and Sally are in­cred­i­bly proud of the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work their chil­dren have put into Pump­kin to make her the best she can be come auc­tion day. Although the team of young train­ers are well aware Pump­kin’s sale is for a vi­tal cause, Sally ad­mit­ted they would be sad to see her go.

“We have all be­come very at­tached to her but the kids know why they are do­ing this. They want to stop the bul­ly­ing and the dev­as­ta­tion it causes to fam­ily and friends as much any­one,” she said.

Chloe, who has helped train Pump­kin on her school hol­i­days, said the filly was some­thing spe­cial.

“She is spe­cial be­cause she is so quiet, and so good around kids,” she said.

The Barkly Gol­drush Cam­p­draft, held at Ten­nant Creek in the heart of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, was picked as the lo­ca­tion to host the auc­tion as the grounds have ex­cel­lent mo­bile re­cep­tion so the sale can be live-streamed. To view the auc­tion, tune into the El­ders Kather­ine

Face­book page.

Sally said her kids had big plans for the live sale.

“They are plan­ning to ride in on her with the tarp fly­ing,” she said.

“They are also plan­ning to stand up on her, jump her and slide off her rump, amongst a few other things.”

Need help? If you or c any­one you know needs sup­port, call Life­line on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on

1800 551 800.


TRAIN­ING: Annabelle Towne, from Gogo Sta­tion, with pony Pump­kin.

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