International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, prepares to welcome its charity partner event, Stand Tall, for the seventh consecutive year – which is set to surpass in person attendance and broadcast reach records.
Following a sold out hybrid event in 2022, youth mental health charity Stand Tall is expected to welcome 6,000 high school students to Aware Super Theatre and surpass last year’s 115,000 live stream remote viewers from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond on Thursday, 8 June 2023.
Presenting a stellar line up of inspirational speakers and entertainers including accomplished businessman and sportsman Michael Crossland, Australian singer and dancer Timomatic, and Australian professional rugby league footballer, Nicholas (Nicho) Hynes, Stand Tall 2023 will bring together some of Australia’s leading young talent and inspirational speakers to share stories of hope, courage and resilience.
Australia’s largest youth wellbeing event aims to address the increasingly high incidences of mental health issues in young people, inspiring attendees to change the course of their lives and build hope for the future. Hope is one of the critical metrics in Australia’s Gallup Student Poll (GSP), as hope, or the lack of it, affects student goals, dreams and life outcomes. The 2019 GSP revealed that only 42% of students are hopeful and almost three quarters (74%) of secondary students surveyed by Stand Tall say the event program positively impacted them.
Stand Tall Co-founder and Associate Chief Executive Officer, Angela Farr-Jones said as a mother of four she’s committed to fostering hope and confidence in the younger generation, so they can better cope with whatever life throws at them.
“Now in our seventh year together with ICC Sydney, Stand Tall Event has grown from 2,500 in 2018 to 6,000 attendees with more than 115,000 people expected to join remotely in June 2023. As Australia’s youth grapple with evolving challenges – from cyberbullying to our environmental crisis and the rising cost of living, never has it been so important to instill hope into the next generation.