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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Teenager Ella Hutton will walk from Stratham to Busselton on Sunday to raise money and awareness for Dolly's Dream.
Camera IconTeenager Ella Hutton will walk from Stratham to Busselton on Sunday to raise money and awareness for Dolly's Dream. Credit: Michael Philipps

Teenager Ella Hutton will walk from Stratham to Busselton this Sunday to raise money and awareness for Dolly’s Dream.

The 14-year-old said the charity, which was set up after the suicide of Northern Territory teenager Dolly Everett, was important to recognise.

“I chose Dolly’s Dream because it is an issue that is really relevant to teenagers in Australia,” she said.

“It is about a girl who committed suicide and her parents set up the fundraiser.

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“I’m 14 and I feel that it could be anyone who could have been in that situation.”

Ella said she enjoyed walking and was looking forward to raising more money for the charity.

“Originally, I was hoping to raise $1000 but when I reached that, I decided I would try to raise $2000,” she said.

“I have raised around $1600, so I am close to my goal.

“I really enjoy walking and it is a really nice community and a nice place to walk.”

Ella said it was not the first time she had walked to raise money for a cause.

“When I was seven, I walked from Bunbury to Capel,” she said.

“I am a bit older now, so I decided I could walk a bit further this time.

“One of my friends is walking with me this time and my mum will also be walking with me.

“I will be walking from Stratham to Busselton, so I think that is around 37km.”

Ella said she was considering making the walk an annual event.

“I would definitely be up for that if I am able to raise some money for a good cause,” she said.

Anyone who wants to donate money can visit www.mycause.com.au/page/182049/walking-kilometres-for-kindness.

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