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Self Appreciation Day partnering with Blackmores Sydney Running Festival to bridge the gap between mental and physical fitness

Self Appreciation Day who have partnered with Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, will welcome various triple j Unearthed artists, to perform next Sunday at the festival.

Self Appreciation Day was born in 2018 by CEO and founder Prema Smith, and is celebrated on 14th September each year. The day intends for each individual to appreciate themselves but also to go beyond just appreciating what they have to offer.

“It’s not only for humans to appreciate themselves but it’s about being able to liberate oneself, to connect everyone else in order to come together,” Prema Smith said.

One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year, according to Black Dog Institute.

The event will foresee triple j Unearthed artists perform, one of these artists being Saba Saliba. Saliba hopes to be an ambassador or spokesperson for Self Appreciation Day as he understands the history and what the day means.

“I feel strongly about being an ambassador spokesperson for Self Appreciation Day because of my history of struggling to feel accepted, being Lebanese, gay and flamboyant is tough and I’ve had to overcome loneliness and depression by building my courage and confidence,” Saba Saliba said.


“It’s important to be who you are, express who you are, self appreciation, self acceptance, confidence and self love is where happiness starts in order to give back to others. I do this through my music videos, songs and fashion and it gives me great joy when I know what I do brings support and happiness for people to be who they are in life, I want people to be liberated,” Saliba said.

Prema hopes for Self Appreciation Day to reach 195 countries in 25 years.

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Contact : Prema Smith CEO/Founder of Self Appreciation Day  

Phone: 0438 076 737 |

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