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'Be kind', Dolly's family's pleas

The devastated family of Amy "Dolly" Everett has issued an emotional plea for parents to do all they can to stamp out bullying as they fondly remembered their own "kind, gentle, loving little girl".

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Casuarina Street Public School in Katherine on Friday to farewell the 14-year-old who took her life on January 3 after being hounded online.

With supporters heeding the call to wear her favourite colour, blue, her father Tick urged mums and dads to always check in with their children and for young people to "be kind and do it for Dolly".

"To all the parents - please check your children, talk to them, talk to them about their relationships, talk to them about their bullying, whichever way it might be happening," Mr Everett said.

The funeral exceeded the family's expectations with Dolly's mother Kate saying "she just touched everybody".

Shortly before her death, the troubled teen who as a happy youngster had been the face of an advertising campaign for Akubra hats, finished a drawing captioned "speak even if your voice shakes".

The words have become a rallying cry for friends and supporters as they try to prevent other tragedies.

The family has established a foundation, Dolly's Dream, to prevent bullying and youth suicide, with Mr Everett saying he would "fly to every school if I could".

"Through this trust we hope to raise awareness around bullying, anxiety, depression, and obviously youth suicide," he said.

"It won't bring our Dolly back but it may just prevent the loss of another young life.

"It should not have taken the loss of a young life to drive this change but this is where our journey will start."

He also shared a fond, personal memory of how she came to be known as Dolly.

"I remember I was running a little bit late before the birth as you do in our world," he said.

"Screamed in sideways and there she was. Kate looked down and said she just looks like a perfect little china doll, Dolly just stuck."

His daughter simply "saw the good in the world and the good in everybody she met", Mr Everett said.

However schools and people at all levels, including politicians, need to start talking about bullying and suicide.

Mr Everett said schools are clearly not doing enough to counter bullying and the campaign to stamp it out must start in the playground.

He said he would start visiting schools as soon as they return for the new year.

"We've got to talk about it, we've got to educate the little kids, we've got to educate the teachers, everyone is somebody's daughter or somebody's son, no one deserves to lose it," he said.

Dolly's Queensland school Scots PGC College flew its flag at half mast and will host a commemorative service in term one.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).

© AAP 2018

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