stand tall for what is right
Stand Tall is about Australia’s future… motivating young Australians to make positive life choices that can change the course of their lives.
Assisting the youth of NSW and beyond with support and relief in dealing with lifestyle behavioural addictions, such as drug, alcohol and eating disorder dependency, all types of bullying and other forms of violence. Teaching to call out bullying and to encourage young people not to be followers of poor behaviour but to stand tall and be leaders in strong, positive decision making that will influence those around them.
We address national high school curriculum outcomes for PDHPE and Christian Studies by gathering world class athletes, popular musicians, and inspirational speakers, who all share their life experiences in a relevant and relatable way to Australian teenagers. One massive day of positive input into a young Australian can change a life.
We believe every young Australian has the potential to succeed and fulfill their dreams, and encourage students who attend a Stand Tall Event to:
Stand tall for positive choices
Stand tall for friendship
Stand tall for resilience
"We are a group of people from business, sports and education who have been blessed by growing up in a nation with arguably the greatest opportunities in the world.
We believe, absolutely, that Australia’s Generation Z have a great future, yet they face intense pressure to engage in an array of destructive influences as they enter their teenage years.
This event will address the desperate need to show them an inspiring alternative. It will be presented to them by some of Australia’s most exciting young speakers and musicians.
Stand Tall-The Event is our vision to show Gen Z a future and a hope.
We expect students will leave the Event with newfound inspiration and skills to live positive, healthy, fulfilling lives and the resolve to Stand Tall and resist the powerful negative influences that surround them in today’s society."
– Nick Farr Jones: Patron and Chairman of the Board
Stand Tall was founded in 2012 by Angela Farr-Jones and Jeanine Treharne in response to the tragic level of drug use, depression, bullying, hopelessness and self-harm among high school students.
They had a vision to provide an event that would engage young people by providing a message of hope and inspiration, presenting it in an exciting, rock concert environment through the real stories of successful, young pop culture role models who had experienced these things.
With the generous initial support of Knox Grammar School and Wesley, Stand Tall events were held in the Knox Great Hall in November 2013 and 2014. A half-pipe skateboard ramp was set up in the school in 2014 to provide displays by Skateboarding World Champions and Australia’s best young skateboarders.
1200 students and teachers attended in 2013 and 1300 in 2014. At both events, many tickets were provided free to disadvantaged schools.
In 2015, regional events in Newcastle (500 students) and Shellharbour (600 students).
In June 2016, the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission (ACNC) approved Stand Tall as a Charity and DGR was granted.
In 2016 the main event moved to Luna Park. Nearly 2000 students and teachers filled the Big Top and the event was a stunning success with spectacular feedback.
In January 2017, we held our Inaugural Champions Camp for teenage boys suffering personal hardship. They enjoyed a comprehensive program of mentoring, surfing, basketball and other sports lessons, talks from leading motivational speakers and lessons on life skills such as cooking and organisational skills.
The camp was led by Brett Murray from Make Bullying History Foundation, with John Starreveld heading up a large team of volunteers.
In June 2017, the main event moved to its new home in the stunning Darling Harbour Theatre at the International Convention Centre with 2200 students and teachers from 35 schools,100 volunteers, 45 VIP guests and 20 speakers and musicians. Teachers described it as“the best event yet.”