Community & Business

21 May, 2024

Emily cooks to keep Dolly’s Dream alive

A MISSION to stop bullying as part of Do It For Dolly Day has motivated 15-year-old Mareeba State High School student Emily Curcio to bake for a good cause.

Emily Curcio with her “Do it for Dolly” cupcakes.
Emily Curcio with her “Do it for Dolly” cupcakes.

After 14-year-old Dolly Everett tragically took her own life in 2018 as a result of continuous cyberbullying, the Dolly’s Dream charity was created to raise money and awareness for bullying prevention and online safety. 

Emily has unfortunately seen the effects cyberbullying has had on her friends and was determined to raise as much money as possible through her cake business “Emily’s Creations”.

Emily ended up selling over 500 homemade cupcakes and raising $1200. 

“I have a few friends with stories similar to Dolly’s, and I have raised money for multiple charities in the past, and Dolly’s Dream was next on the list,” she said. 

“This year, I knew I had to make it happen, so I sent out flyers and order forms and ended up getting over 30 orders and had to make over 500 cupcakes.

“There are so many people out there struggling and don’t have the courage to speak up. I can see some of my own friends struggling, and I don’t want them to be next.” 

To support Emily in her fundraising, message her Facebook page “Emily’s Creations” or donate directly to Dolly’s Dream at


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