The colour blue has taken over Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in memory of a teenage girl bullied into suicide.
Amy Jane Everit was the face of Akubra at age six.
Known for her beaming smile from beneath a stockman’s hat, by 14 the country girl known affectionatly as ‘Dolly’ was so hounded by bullies, that she claimed her own life.
A story that so affected jockey and father, Chris Symons, he has championed a race in her honour.
“It’s absolutely hit home for a lot of people. It’s that conversation you never think you’re going to have with your child,”Mr Symons told 9NEWS.
“(Suicide) is something that you probably want to avoid because you don’t even want them to know that it exists.”
Today, youth mental health has been thrust into the spotlight.
Chris Symons – with the support of Dolly’s family and the Victorian Racing Club – organised and ran the Dolly’s Dream Handicap.
A 2000m race with jockeys united in blue britches, which was Dolly’s favourite colour.
VRC Chairman, Amanda Elliott said, “when things are worth supporting, you just do it and you get a result.”
“This beautiful young girl is representative of a problem that is much broader than her, and we want to support programs that put a stop to that.”
Carrying the message of Dolly’s final drawing: “speak, even if your voice shakes”, racegoers donned Dolly’s favourite blue.
“Anything we can do to raise awareness and get people to help is really important,” Victoria Jessop said.
“I’ve got two daughters so it’s certainly something that’s hit home for us,” Andy Thackwray said.
It’s hoped the blue jockey’s britches will travel Australia to be worn in races across every state and territory. MrSymons hoping to have them signed and auctioned off to raise funds for the Dolly’s Dream Foundation.
Almost $50,000 has been donated to the fundraiser.