An Australian father, heartbroken by the loss of his young daughter after she took her own life, has called on her online bullies to see first-hand at her funeral the devastation they’ve caused.
Amy Jayne Everett, known as “Dolly” will be farewelled in the Northern Territory on Friday.
Her father, Trick Everett, took to Facebook earlier this week to suggest the people who bullied and harassed his 14-year-old daughter should attend her memorial.
“Please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created,” Mr Everett wrote on Sunday.
“Dolly” had been the young, angelic face of Akubra hats.
In a statement on social media on Thursday, the company said: “To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that this was their only option is unfathomable”.
Her family said she would be remembered as “kindest, caring, beautiful soul”.
The teenager’s death has become a battle cry against the horrors of bullying and the effects it has on mental health, particularly on young people.
Her family plan to establish a trust called “Dolly’s Dream” dedicated to raising awareness around bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide.
The family said they did not want another family to experience such “sadness and tragedy”.
“Before Dolly died, she completed a drawing and wrote the words ‘Stand up, speak even if your voice shakes’,” they said.
“This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to.”
The service will be held at Casuarina St Primary School in Katherine, where family and friends have been asked to wear blue, Dolly’s favourite colour.