X Factor star Big T hits Katherine to ask R U OK?

STAR PERFORMANCE: Big T's live performance at Katherine High School. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.
STAR PERFORMANCE: Big T's live performance at Katherine High School. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.

X Factor star Big T caught three planes and covered hundreds of kilometres to ask Katherine High School students a simple, life changing question – R U OK? 

Travelling with a bright yellow convoy, Big T, is in Katherine for one reason – to get the community talking.

“I do this for the love,” he said. 

“I am an R U OK? ambassador because I have been in a position where I have lost friends and I really needed someone to talk to. 

“When you are a kid you don’t get people asking you the question enough. 

“That is where I come in, I am helping to break down that wall and get everyone talking to their friends. 

CONVO CONVOY: The students got the chance to learn the skills needed to ask R U OK? today through the Conversation Convoy's activities. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.

CONVO CONVOY: The students got the chance to learn the skills needed to ask R U OK? today through the Conversation Convoy's activities. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.

“It is not weak to speak,” he said. 

The Conversation Convoy is heading to 24 metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia in the lead up to R U OK? day in September.

Today, the team visited Katherine High School, where Big T performed and answered student questions.

R U OK? campaign director Katherine Newton said the convoy’s mission is to spark change in every day thinking. 

“The point is to get people asking the question every day.”

Katherine High School is the fourth stop on the convoy’s nation wide journey, and so far the impact has been great, Ms Newton said. 

“We have been meeting lots of young kids and members of the community who are struggling themselves, but also people telling us how R U OK? has made a difference to them,” she said. 

R U OK? ambassador Big T's performance was followed by a Q and A session. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.

R U OK? ambassador Big T's performance was followed by a Q and A session. Photo: Ben Houston Photography.

The Conversation Convoy is made up of four vehicles and a bunch of ambassadors who are showing Aussies how to navigate a conversation when someone says “no, I’m not ok” by following these four steps: 

1. Ask R U OK?

2. Listen

3. Encourage action

4. Check in

The Conversation Convoy’s next stop is Halls Creek. 

Indigenous ambassador, Jake Ridgeway Jacob also performed at Katherine High School today.

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