GALLERY: Running for Dolly’s Dream

Students take off at Darlington State School. Photo: Katherine O’Brien.

Darlington State School held a colour explosion fun run to raise funds for Dolly’s Dream on the last day of Term 2.

Students at the tiny school of only 29 students raised $855.90 toward the national anti-bullying charity.

The tiny Darlington State School in the beautiful Kerry Valley has few incidences of bullying, but school P&C Treasurer Kate Harrison says they still understand the importance of charities such as Dolly’s Dream.

“We are a small school and we encourage everyone to look after each other and look out for each other,” said Kate.

“The big kids look out for the Preppies – everyone plays together.”

Dolly’s Dream is committed to changing the culture of bullying by addressing the impact of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide, through education and direct support to young people and families.

The charity was created by Kate and Tick Everett, following the suicide of their daughter, Dolly.

A statement on the Dolly’s Dream website says, “After Dolly left us, Kate and I could see that Dolly’s story had touched people everywhere and we felt the best way to remember our beautiful girl was to start a nationwide conversation about the devastating effects of bullying.”

The school’s colour explosion fun run was held on the oval outside the school on the last day of Term Two.

Kerry Rural Fire Brigade got the event started with a fine mist of water from the fire truck.

“It was too cold to get the kids wet, but they really enjoyed the fire truck and it was great to have them part of it,” said Kate.

The children completed an obstacle course consisting of hay bales, tyres,  and kicking soccer goals.

“We just kept going until we ran out of paint.”

Prior to the fun run the school had donation tins at local businesses including Authentic Vibez, Ladybrook Farm Escape, Worendo Cottages and Lost World Coffee.

For more information about Dolly’s Dream visit

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