Youth Charity, Stand Tall, announced their new ambassadors last week in the lead up to their 2020 Sydney event.
18-year-old Anna Cocquerel, a young actress best known for playing the role of Coco Astoni on Home and Away and 24 year-old Daniel “D Minor“ Harvey, who brought judges to tears in the recent Australia’s Got Talent with his powerful song “Concrete Pillow “ will share their courageous stories at the 2020 Stand Tall Sydney Events on 4th and 5th June 2020.
Stand Tall Events bring together some of Australia’s most inspirational young speakers who gather to share their stories of hope, courage and resilience to High School Students. The Event has grown from 2500 in 2018 to 5,000 in June 2019 and organisers have been forced to add an extra day at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, First State Super Theatre, with more than 8000 students already booked for 4th and 5th June 2020.
The sold-out June 2019 event, in its new home in the ICC First State Super Theatre, was opened by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Gladys Berejiklian. An Independent Impact Study conducted by UTS showed significant increases in student hope and wellbeing following this event.
Anna Cocquerel will share her courageous story of overcoming severe dyslexia and bullying, with an expected 10,000 high school students at the Stand Tall events on 4th and 5th June 2020. Until the age of 9, Anna was unable to read and write and was eventually diagnosed with severe dyslexia which resulted in her suffering from low self-esteem and debilitating anxiety throughout much of her teenage years.
However, she realised that life’s challenges can make you stronger and she never gave up. Whilst in senior school, she started auditioning for acting roles, landing the part on Australia’s much-loved soap Home and Away. Anna recently completed her HSC, which was a monumental achievement given all of her past struggles.
Anna said “I teamed up with Stand Tall because I want to help kids understand that their struggles can empower them and being different can be a superpower, because when you see the world differently it can give you a whole new perspective”
Daniel ‘D Minor’ Harvey is a very popular and humble award-winning international recording and performing artist who continues to write and perform inspirational rap songs that have quickly built a strong following. He has just released his new anthem “Home Run” this week. At the age of eleven, Daniel found himself homeless with his twin brother, which became the inspiration for his first hit single ‘Concrete Pillow’. D Minor’s early love and passion for music quickly became his salvation; by throwing on his headphones he would escape his troubles and write rap lyrics in pursuit of his dream to inspire young people through his music and story.
D Minor said “What drew me to Stand Tall was their passion for young people and the message that no matter how many times you walk through a storm in life just stand tall and keep moving forward. What I want to achieve as an ambassador is to share my story and music in hope to inspire anyone going through some form of struggle and to help raise awareness for youth homelessness.”
Stand Tall is a charity run by volunteers and was founded in 2012 by two mums; Angela Farr-Jones and Jeanine Treharne who had a strong desire and goal to see change for today’s generation, by providing High Schools Students with hope for their future and educating them on how to make safe and wise choices.
“As parents of teenagers, we are extremely concerned about the dangers young Australians now face as they enter their teen years. Gallup research reported that only 45% of high school students say they have hope for the future. We want to reach students across the country to bring them into an exciting atmosphere that inspires hope and courage, and with Stand Tall we are doing that and it’s making a huge impact” says Treharne.
With its enormous popularity proven in 2019 (its seventh year) at the one-day sold out event, tickets are selling fast with 70 schools already booked and the first day already completely sold out. A limited number of tickets are still available for the second day taking place on Friday 5th June.
Anna Cocquerel and D Minor join existing Ambassadors Derek Rabelo, the blind big-wave surfer from Brazil and Joany Badenhorst, 2018 Winter Paralympic co-captain.