A fundraising event is planned for Canowindra to raise awareness of bullying and to provide helpful resources and contacts for people who are, or know someone who is, being bullied.
The event will feature a charity auction and live music, provided by local band, The River Rats.
The fundraiser will be held on the June long weekend at the Canowindra Bowls Club on Sunday, June 10, from 7:30pm.
Tables can be booked in advance by calling the club on 6344 1605 or by sending a message to the "Anti-Bullying Fundraiser - Canowindra" facebook page.
Tickets will also be available on the night and are only $20 per person.
Donations for the charity auction are being accepted now.
Call 0409 477 015 if you would like to donate to this event.
Although bullying can take place anywhere and to all ages, this event is focusing on bullying of children.
Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often (considered to be frequent) in a national study in 2009.
Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.
83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.
84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.
Peers are present as onlookers in 87% of bullying interactions, and play a central role in the bullying process.
Hurtful teasing was the most prevalent of all bullying behaviours experienced by students, followed by having hurtful lies told about them.
Online bullying appears to be related to age (or access to technology), with secondary students more likely to engage in bullying online than primary school students
Young people over the age of 15 are less likely than students between 10 and 15 years of age to be involved in online bullying.
Approximately one in five young people under 18 (20%) reported experiencing online bullying in any one year. The figure of 20% has been extrapolated from a number of different studies which found rates varying from 6% to 44% of students.
School staff report an average of 2.1% reports per student of online bullying, with 1.2 per 100 for primary schools and 9.1 per 100 students for high schools.
The majority (72%) of schools reported managing at least one incident of online bullying in the previous year.
All profits from this event will be donated to the Dolly's Dream Foundation, now partnered with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, at the National Centre Against Bullying.
Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett was a victim of bullying who ended her own life at the young age of 14. Dolly’s Dream is a vision established by her parents, Kate and Tick, along with family and friends in her memory. Her story was aired recently on A Current Affair.