Dolly’s Dream to partner with NRL in community hub
RUGBY LEAGUE:Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club has thrown its support behind a new NRL partnership with Dolly’s Dream.
The North Queensland Cowboys announced it would promote the anti-cyber bullying charity during its round nine home game next season, in its Community Corner section.
Dolly’s Dream formed after Scots PGC student Dolly Everett took her own life in January 2018.
Warwick Cowboys A-grade coach Matt Grew said he was stoked the sport was getting on board with the charity.
“For me, it’s something very personal, a very good friend of mine committed suicide recently so it’s great to see league is getting involved and presenting that message out there,” Grew said.
“NRL is a national organisation that everyone knows and follows, so there’s no better organisation to get on board.
“They will do the world of good.”
The initiative will focus on prevention and education about cyber-bullying.
North Queensland Cowboys general manager Fiona Pelling said it was important to reiterate those messages across rural Australia.
“Dolly’s Dream has a strong focus on change to culture and attitudes on bullying in regional Australia, and we want to help make a difference,” Pelling said.
Grew said social media played a part in every player’s life in this day and age.
“Absolutely, you see it more and it’s more evident every year,” he said.
“It’s a place to voice opinions but also to voice your opinion of other people whether that’s good or bad.
“I have a girl who is 18 months old and I’m not at all looking forward to the day when she comes home crying because someone bullied her on Facebook.”
Grew also hoped it would give bullies the chance to reflect on their own actions.
“From the other perspective, I hope it makes people realise what they say and do can be harmful,” he said.
“You have to be careful what you say and how you treat others. You don’t know what the end result will be, so it’s good to also raise awareness in that way.”
The community corner will be held the day after Do It For Dolly Day, on Friday, May 8.
Dolly’s parents Tick and Kate Everett said they hoped the partnership would help further pay respect to their daughter.
“We know this community partnership will help raise awareness of the devastating effects of bullying and cyber-bullying,” they said.
“The (NQ) Cowboys were Dolly’s team and it’s wonderful to build on her legacy with the club she was passionate about.”
Since starting the foundation, Dolly’s Dream has raised over $1.7 million to help stop other families from suffering a similar loss.