'Dolly' Everett memorial: Family make emotional plea as bullied teen remembered

Family and friends arrive at Casuarina Street Primary School for Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett's memorial service in Katherine Northern Territory

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Amy "Dolly" Everett, who as a child had been the face of iconic outback hat company Akubra, was remembered by her family as a "kind, caring and handsome soul". "She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go and get it", he said.

"Screamed in sideways and there she was".

Dolly was described as the "kindest, caring, lovely soul" by her parents Tick and Kate, and her older sister Meg in a statement sent to Daily Mail Australia.

"Being in a salon we talk to a lot of people every day and people open up to us about their problems and I think it's nice to be able to do that", she said.

The little girl who was the face of Akubra "loved anything with four legs and a heartbeat".

"Sometimes, much to my disgust, I'd come home and there would be another poddy on the veranda".

Megan remembered her sister as someone who was "always there, always willing to help".

They had expected 50-60 people at the funeral, not the hundreds that turned out.

"It is sad. There's probably thousands of kids who've already done this", he said.

"With anything in life, somebody has to try to make a change".

Hugs are exchanged at Casuarina Street Primary School as mourners arrive for Dolly Everett's memorial service in Katherine Northern Territory

"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.

"As a parent and as a grandparent, my heart breaks for Dolly and her family", he wrote on Akubra's Facebook page, using Everett's nickname.

The family has asked mourners to donate to "Dolly's Dream" a trust set up in their daughter's honour, in lieu of flowers today.

In a prepared statement, he thanked the media and public for the response to the campaign so far.

Her family has blamed recent online bullying after Dolly's death last week but hasn't given specifics of the bullying or her cause of death.

Akubra said in a statement it was "shocked and distressed" to hear of the death of the teenager who starred in their adverts.

'She was loved by so many and made friends with everyone she came across.

His daughter simply "saw the good in the world and the good in everybody she met", Tick said. "And in this young girl's life with lethal effect".

The Northern Territory has Australia's highest rate of suicide.

"Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to".

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