Students chanted Tom Curtain's name as he walked by at a local school today.
His Stand up for Dolly Everett tribute song Speak Up is a class favourite in many schools.
Today, as he walked past classrooms at Casuarina Street Primary School, guitar in hand and dressed in blue, the students screamed out for him.
Anything for a chance to say hello to their country music idol.
He was at the school ahead of the inaugural Do it for Dolly Day, this Friday, to take a stand against bullying, a cause close to his heart.
Everyone is encouraged to wear blue, Dolly Everett's favourite colour, to make your own stand.
Singing the hit song with transition students and the school's choir, it is a chance to encourage young people to speak up, even when their voice shakes.
"If we can save just one life with this message... well, I am happy to be a role model," he said.
This Friday, Casuarina Street students will join thousands of people across Australia in wearing blue to spread the anti-bullying message.
Hundreds of workplaces will be holding fundraising events as well to help provide valuable resources to parents of bullied children.
The day is the latest step in Kate and Tick Everett's mission to end bullying, following the death of their 14-year-old daughter last year.
Relentlessly bullied online, the parents of Amy "Dolly" Everett have since been working tirelessly to stamp it out by educating and empowering the community.
"Blue was Dolly's favourite colour and we're hoping that creating a sea of blue on Do It For Dolly Day will remind people to be kind to those around them," Mrs Everett said.
The excitement among the students was palpable at the school as they prepared to run through a practice song, with the country singer and his guitar front and centre.
Chiming in during the chorus, although they know all the words, the students were encouraged to sing loud and clear.
The two-time Golden Guitar winner, who has a close relationship with the Everett family, was inspired to write the song Speak Up by Dolly's words, "speak even if your voice shakes".
"I wrote the song when I heard the devastating news. I didn't expect it to take off like it did. Now I see kids singing it in schools; some schools even play it before the bell goes," he said.
"The parents of kids who have been bullied come and hug me and thank me so it is making a difference.
"That is what Do It For Dolly Day is all about, supporting kids and parents by spreading kindness and the message that bullying isn't okay."
Happy to be a role model, he is committed to spreading the word if it means saving young people from the devastating impacts of bulling.
Also championing the anti-bullying message today was Casuarina Street principal Nick Lovering.
The newly appointed principal said he is committed to ensuring his students are aware of the school values: respect, responsibility, pride and inclusion.
"Our kids would be hanging off what Tom says today, it is about getting the message from him about anti-bullying," Mr Lovering said.
"Dolly went to school here, and Tom also has a strong connection to the school.
"It is our way of talking about [bullying] and getting it out in the community that we are thinking about it."
On Do It For Dolly Day, May 10, people can support the Everett's vision by "going blue" at school or work and holding fundraising events, which will help provide valuable resources to parents of bullied children.
For more information or fundraising ideas visit the website here.
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