COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Junior Football Club, Dolly's Dream

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland): I was pleased to attend the official launch of the partnership between Maitland Junior Football Club and Dolly's Dream on Saturday May 15.

The goal of Dolly's Dream is to change cultures and behaviours to prevent bullying, by increasing understanding of the impact of bullying, anxiety, depression, and youth suicide and by providing support to parents. The club's partnership aims to raise awareness about the impact of bullying on young people in our local community and ensure that they are aware on the services that are available to them if they are experiencing this behaviour. With over 1,000 members under the age of 17, the Maitland Junior FC President Mr Iain MacDonald wanted to make a strong statement against bullying.

I support the pledge that Maitland Junior FC will not tolerate any form of bullying and will act as a safe place for those who are victims of this behaviour. I am pleased to announce that the Dolly's Dream logo will be donned by the 15/3's team this season encouraging the message of safety and inclusiveness for all wherever they play. Congratulations to all members of the Maitland Junior FC and #doitfordolly.