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February 2019


What an amazing start to the year!

We were so proud to watch Kate and Tick accept the honour of 2019 Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on 25 January. You can see the footage of the announcement below.
Also below you'll see what the Dolly's Dream team – and our amazing community – have been up to. 

We welcome your feedback on our newsletter. Please let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see included.  Click here to get in touch.

Thanks again everyone for your support, this really is one incredible community!

The Dolly's Dream team

Congratulations Kate and Tick

We all had our fingers, toes and everything else crossed while watching the Australian of the Year Awards - and we weren't disappointed!  There were many tears shed all round – tears of joy – and sadness. 
Congratulations to Kate and Tick for receiving the honour of the 2019 Local Hero Australian of the Year Award, you can see the announcement here (at 12mins 12secs to get straight to it!).

What worthy – and humble – winners Kate and Tick are, having worked tirelessly over the past year to realise Dolly's Dream. 

As Tick said on the night, "We're a little bit shocked, but very overwhelmed, very privileged."

You can read more here.
They got the conversation started, now let's keep it going.  #doitfordolly

Highlighting internet safety

Safer Internet Day is an annual, worldwide event - this year being held on Tuesday 5 February – that helps make the internet a safer place to be. This year's theme is Together for a better internet, encouraging people to create a better internet by developing four critical skills, the '4Rs': respect, responsibility, reasoning and resilience. 
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running Safer Internet Day in Australia and has heaps of activities and events that individuals, schools, clubs and businesses can do to mark the day.

Click here to see how you can help make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day.

More Australia Day awards!

We are thrilled that three Dolly’s Dream community fundraising events were recognised for their efforts by receiving an Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award.  HUGE news!

Congratulations to Doin' it for Dolly Rodeo, Barkly Beef Dinner and Duck Creek Picnic Races
 you can read more about each one here.

Together we can all keep the conversation going about the devastating effects of bullying.

Our next steps

Planning is well underway to roll out Dolly's Dream across Queensland.  The Government there has set up an Anti-cyber Bullying Taskforce and given $450,000 to Dolly's Dream  in partnership with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation  for anti-bullying programs in Queensland schools over the next four years. Dolly's Dream will kick in a further $300,000.

Read the full story here.

We are talking to all state governments to see how Dolly's Dream can help make our schools as safe as possible for our kids.

Wear your support 

Show your support for Dolly's Dream by looking the part in some merchandise! 

Bairnsdale Horse Centre (Country Rippa) has new products coming soon – check their website and follow them on Facebook so you'll be the first to hear about the new gear.  
Shop here

On tour with Tom Curtain

There's still time to catch Tom Curtain and the Katherine Outback Experience Team on tour!

As part of the Speak Up Tour, Tom and his awesome team of horses and dogs are touring regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria until mid-March 2019, performing over 60 shows before they return to the Northern Territory for the start of the Top End tourist season in April 2019.

See when and where Tom's playing here – and you can still buy Tom and Sara Storer's song, Speak Up, from Katherine Outback Experience here, or download it from iTunes.
Donate now

Help support kids who are bullied by making a donation.

> Click here to donate now

Help realise the dream

Wanting to help but not quite sure how? 

Have a look at what some of the Dolly's Dream community has been doing here, and for even more ideas contact one of the team via

Champion fundraisers

Over the past year there have been more than 250 fundraising events for Dolly's Dream  we'd love to mention every single one of you, but sorry, we just can't!

A big shout out to the Upper Murray Horseman’s Association for the Tallangatta Campdraft at the end of last year. They smashed their fundraising goal to raise an amazing $11,800, and even managed to get their President and a competitor to wear giraffe onesies for their run!
We love seeing communities getting together for fun events that also help raise awareness of the serious issue of bullying.

Don't forget to share your event with #doitfordolly.

Summer of cricket
Cricketers Elyse Villani, Meg Lanning and Rachel Hayne were proud Ambassadors for this year’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) season, teaming up with Dolly’s Dream.
Bullying is a huge challenge for many girls, and Elyse knows first-hand that’s the case for many female cricketers. “As a young girl who was playing what was then perceived a boy’s sport, bullying is often the biggest challenge facing many girls. I’ve faced it myself and I don't wish it on anyone else. We're all passionate about ensuring people are aware of their self-worth and raising awareness about the devastating impacts of bullying."
This season the WBBL also donated money from every ticket sold for the 2019 WBBL finals series to Dolly’s Dream. 

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