On March 9th 2016, nine Year 10 students participating in our active citizenship and social change project known as ‘First Give’ attended a fantastic inspirational event at the SSE Arena in Wembley. The event was called We Day. We Day is an annual youth empowerment event organized by Free the Children. The event started in Toronto in 2007 and is now held in cities across Canada, the United States, and the UK.
We Day motivates young people like us to take action on local and global issues, something we have been doing this year as part of our ‘First Give’ project. We Day events feature speeches and performances by global leaders, social activists and public figures.
We were fortunate enough to listen to some truly inspirational people, along with some celebrities. The speakers that spoke were inspiring and brutally honest. Such men and women as Spencer West, a man who lost his legs to a genetic disorder at the age of 5 has proved through his lifetime that the sky is the limit.
Another great man, Mark Pollock spoke about how he has dealt with blindness since a young age, then suffering a broken back having fallen out of a hotel window 5 years ago – he has used science and technology to help him walk in short bursts. We also heard from Rita Ora who spoke about the refugee crisis, as she herself escaped Yugoslavia with her family at a young age. Another inspirational speech was from Kate Winslet and although she was not there in person she made a very major point to all the young people at We Day this year. She said “You are unique, and that is beautiful”
We also watched performances from the world of music: DNCE, Nico & Vinz, Fleur East, Daniel Criss, Revelation Avenue and finally Labrinth who stole the show with his live version of the no .1 selling record, ‘Earthquake’!
It was an amazing and inspirational day and I am very fortunate to have attended such an event. This has inspired and motivated all of us who attended to try and make a difference in our school, local and national community. I have even more respect for those people who sacrifice their time to help others. Every one of us can make a difference and I would like to thank Mr Evans for providing us with this opportunity. I hope next year another group of young people have the opportunity to experience this unique and uplifting event.
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