Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
In just six days Carlee Knight’s initiative to raise funds for the Dolly’s Dream Foundation has resulted in over three hundred orders from all over Australia for her unique shirts embroidered with the “Do it for Dolly” hashtag which aims to spread awareness of teenage bullying.
Dolly is the girl from Katherine in the Northern territory who was the victim of bullying and ended her life at the young age of 14.
“Dolly was a country girl who loved horses and horse riding.
“We have a strong connection with what Dolly enjoyed in her life in the country, being surrounded by horses and other animals and I just wanted to do something practical to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide,” said Carlee.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull said, “Dolly’s tragic death as a victim of bullying is a wakeup call for all of us, especially parents of teenagers.
“Bullying, especially cyber bullying, is an insidious and serious problem in our own community so its wonderful to see Carlee and the staff at the Bairnsdale Horse Centre have got behind the Dolly’s Dream Foundation and are receiving spectacular community support.
“Carlee has raised $4,500 so far for the Foundation which will facilitate change for other young lives.
“Wearing one of Carlee’s blue shirts is a practical way of raising awareness and will hopefully be the trigger that will get people thinking and talking about what we can do to prevent teenage bullying, said Mr Bull.
Orders for “Dolly’s Dream” shirts can be made up to the end of February at the Bairnsdale Horse Centre 1/493 Princes Highway Bairnsdale or online at https://www.countryrippa.com.au/
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull promotes the Dolly’s Dream Foundation at the Bairnsdale Horse Centre with (from left to right) Jacqueline Davies, Sarah Ramsay, Heather Knight, Chloe Knight (in front) Carlee Knight, Leading Senior Constable Toni Redshaw; APM and Mayor of the East Gippsland Shire Council Joe Rettino.
Saturday, February 17, 2018