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Outcomes & Statistics

Recent statistics demonstrate that the Global Rock Challenge events enhance healthier lifestyles in young people.

  • Since 1988, over a million young people aged 6 to 19 have now performed on stage in a Global Rock Challenge event.
  • The event takes place in some 120 locations worldwide.
  • In 2005, 100,000 young people from 800 schools took part in one of the hundreds of shows staged worldwide.
  • In Australia, each year some 30% of all young people watch the television specials of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® . Of that audience group 90% of the viewers recall the prevention messages contained within the broadcast.
  • Over 400 Australian schools and 40,000 students competed in 50 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge ® shows in 17 regions across Australia in 2006.


A three-year study from the University of Sydney Department of Public Health and Community Medicine was the first cross-sectional analysis of participating and non-participating students.

The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge as an Intervention to Increase Resiliency and Improve Health Behaviours in Adolescents (1999-2001), study confirmed the effectiveness of the events as a youth program.

The overall findings were:

  • There is a lower incidence of drug, marijuana and alcohol use among
  • participating REC students compared to students in non-participating
  • REC schools.
  • The intention to smoke and binge drink is lower among participating REC
  • students compared to students in non-participating REC schools.
  • The REC is an intervention programme which is associated with increased resiliency among students from participating schools.
  • Participation in the REC has a positive impact on school climate.

In terms of adolescent substance use:

  • Students from non-participating schools are 1.6 times more likely to have ever used marijuana, than from participating schools.
  • Only 23% of participating students reported that they had ever used marijuana, compared to 33% in students from non-participating schools.
  • Only 23% of participating students reported that they had tried drugs, compared to 34% of students from non-participating schools.
  • Only 42% of participating students reported that they had ever been drunk, compared to 51% of students from non-participating REC schools.
  • Participation in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge suppresses the intention to smoke and binge drink.

As an intervention program, the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge (REC) showed that:

  • Participants and non-participants from REC schools had significantly higher overall resiliency during the rehearsal period than students from control schools.
  • Within REC schools participants scored higher for overall resiliency than non-participants.
  • At no point do control schools students reach the same level of resiliency as participants in the REC.
  • Some of the factors of resiliency such as flexibility, empathy and caring, good communication skills, sense of belonging and sense of purpose can be enhanced through participating in the REC.

In terms of the healthy-lifestyle message recall:

  • 90% of students from REC schools and 87.5% from control schools knew that the message was an anti-substance abuse message.
  • The study found very positive attitudes toward the REC, particularly amongst those who took an active role in the event.

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