The parents of teenager Amy "Dolly" Everett, who tragically died after being cyberbullied, have been named 2019 Australia's Local Hero of the Year.
Kate and Tick Everett were presented with the award at a ceremony in Canberra on Friday for their work with Dolly's Dream, which aims to raise awareness about the potentially devastating effects of cyberbullying.
The couple started the foundation to create positive change and a legacy for their daughter who took her own life in January 2018 after being bullied online.
Kate Everett fought back tears after accepting the award at the National Arboretum in the national capital.
"In the words of Dolly speak even if your voice shakes, so please excuse us if our voices shake," she said.
"Out of our tragedy, we created Dolly's Dream. A vision to educate families and communities on the impacts that bullying has on young lives."
Dolly's Dream delivers community education on bullying issues and strategies for preventing and mitigating bullying, through cultural change and victim support.
More than 250 communities have held fundraisers and events to support Dolly's Dream, with a particular focus on regional and rural Australia.
National Australia Day Council chair Danielle Roche paid tribute to their efforts to prevent other tragedies from happening.
"Kate and Tick Everett endured heartbreak and put their own grief aside to drive cultural change, prevent bullying and ensure that other children and parents never have to suffer as their family has," Ms Roche said.
"By founding Dolly's Dream to confront bullying, they have displayed incredible courage and commitment."
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