Bat­tling bul­ly­ing

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Education Week 2019 -

Hanna Poswiat and Katie Pohlner have helped carry an im­por­tant mes­sage of anti-bul­ly­ing through their school com­mu­nity.

The pair or­gan­ised Horsham West Pri­mary School stu­dents to wear blue on Fri­day last week for Do It For Dolly Day, rais­ing aware­ness about bul­ly­ing and its ef­fects.

They helped raise $590 for Dolly’s Dream, a char­ity set up in memory of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, aged 14, who took her own life af­ter an ex­tended pe­riod of bul­ly­ing and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

Hanna said it was im­por­tant to raise aware­ness for an is­sue which af­fects more peo­ple than some might think.

“Bul­ly­ing is a very sad thing that hap­pens to a lot of peo­ple, and can lead to what hap­pened with Dolly,” she said.

“There needs to be more aware­ness about this be­cause it hap­pens more than you think.”

• Peo­ple in need of sup­port can call Kids Helpline, a 24-hour, seven day a week coun­selling ser­vice for Aus­tralian young peo­ple aged be­tween five and 25 years. Call 1800 55 1800 or visit Kids Helpline web­site, www.kid­shelpline.com.au.

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