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Old Errowanbang Homestead open day raising funds for Dolly's Dream

Owners of 'Old Errowanbang Homestead' (pictured) are holding the event to raise funds for Dolly's Dream Foundation. Photo: Supplied.
Owners of 'Old Errowanbang Homestead' (pictured) are holding the event to raise funds for Dolly's Dream Foundation. Photo: Supplied.

The owner of a central west homestead is hoping that its upcoming open day not only raises funds for an important cause but shines a light on mental health and bullying.

Jann Harries, who owns 'Old Errowanbang Homestead' has planned the November event, where all funds raised will go to Dolly's Dream Foundation.

The foundation was set up by Kate and Tick Everett after their daughter, Amy 'Dolly' Everett tragically died after being cyberbullied.

Ms Harries and her family have known the Everett's for many years, with Kate and Tick the godparents of her grandson.

She wanted to do a worthwhile fundraiser for them and with this event being the first time that homestead will be open to the public, it seemed like the perfect fit.

Ms Harries said the Everett's got "pretty emotional" when she told them her fundraiser plans.

"All of this (cyberbullying) is still out there and that's the frightening part," she said.

"Dolly's Dream, together with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, are getting the word out there to kids that there are options... help is available for those kids who are struggling with bullying."

Amy 'Dolly' Everett tragically died after being cyberbullied. Photo: Akubra Australia.

Amy 'Dolly' Everett tragically died after being cyberbullied. Photo: Akubra Australia.

Ms Harries was spurred on to hold the fundraiser after speaking with Bonnie and Paul Hennessy of Macquarie Homestead at O'Connell.

Earlier this year they opened their home to the public and 3000 visitors came through over two days.

"It was a case of 'if they can do it so can I'," Ms Harries said.

"I thought if I could get even half of that (3000 people) it would be fantastic."

Her plan is to host visitors where they will be able to wander through the original part and some of the new extension of the homestead.

Other activities will include a barbecue, morning tea, bar, Dolly's Dream merchandise, fashion, vintage car display and possibly stall holders.

Visitors will receive a booklet as part of their entry fee which will be charged at $10 per head.

Ms Harries also owns the Old Errowanbang Woolshed and over the two day fundraiser in November, it will not be open to visitors.

Preparations for the November fundraiser were going well, Ms Harries said.

"We're going along alright and we've got some helpers who have put their hands up," she added.

Ms Harries is hopeful people from all over the region are able to attend and have a great day raising funds for an important cause.