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Hundreds attend funeral of Australian girl after dad's heartfelt message on bullying

13 January 2018, 03:10 | Taylor George

Hundreds attend funeral of Australian girl after dad's heartfelt message on bullying

A Queensland mother has launched an online campaign to shut down anonymous messaging applications following the recent suicide of Amy Jayne Everett known as'Dolly

In 2016, The Sun Online launched its Block The Bullying Campaign with the NSPCC in a bid to stamp out the sharing of vile videos showing children being attacked.

The father of a 14-year-old girl who killed herself has invited her cyber bullies to the funeral to witness "the complete devastation" caused by her death.

"Firstly, we would like to thank the whole community for the overwhelming response we have received since our world came crashing down around us when our lovely Dolly left our family, " a family statement read.

Everett was remembered by hundreds of mourners at her funeral Friday.

Everett was the well-known face of Akubra hats, one of Australia's most recognizable brands - a picture taken of her wearing one of its iconic rabbit-felt hats in 2009 is still regularly featured in the company's ads, most recently this past Christmas.

"As a family, we will remember Dolly as a kind, gentle and loving little girl who loved her animals and cared so deeply for others less fortunate for her", he said.

He had taken to Facebook earlier this week to suggest the people who relentlessly harassed his daughter should attend her memorial.

Friends and family arrive at the memorial service for Dolly.

"I screamed in sideways and there she was".

She says she's terrified her daughter will suffer the same fate as Dolly who tragically ended her life aged 14 following relentless online tormenting
She says she's terrified her daughter will suffer the same fate as Dolly who tragically ended her life aged 14 following relentless online tormenting

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull posted a tribute to the teen on Facebook.

The little girl who was the face of Akubra "loved anything with four legs and a heartbeat".

Mr Everett said the family was overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support.

'They are celebrating Dolly's life in Toowoomba, Warwick and other parts of the country.

Hairdressers are renowned for being quasi-therapists, and Ms Ollerton said that talking and listening to people is one of the most important aspects of her job. Dolly saw the good in this world and the good in everybody she met.

"We are not concerned with the who or the why of who pushed our daughter to this point, we just want to save another family going through the sadness and tragedy that our family is experiencing".

'Our vision is to establish a trust called "Dolly's Dream" through this trust we would hope to raise awareness around bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide'.

"It shouldn't have taken the loss of a young life to drive this change, but is where our journey will start".

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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