Do you remember what high school was like for you? Were you the kid who thought they could effect change? Were you a dreamer like me who thought we could do anything? Today I am very thankful that my teen daughter can get inspiration from events like We Day, more importantly I am thankful that inspiration leads to action. It leads to change.
For those who do not know the story behind this day of inspiration, back in 1995, Craig Kielburger read an article in a Toronto newspaper about the death of Iqbal Masih, who from the age of four was forced to work at a carpet factory. At age ten, Iqbal had escaped and became the face of a group that aimed to abolish such injustices. By 12 he was dead having been murdered. Together with his brother Marc, the Kielburgers brothers are a forced to be reckoned with. They have established foundations that effect change for those that are forced to live a life that no child should ever have to endure. Can you just imagine for a moment what some of these kids endure. Through Free The Children, as well as their Me To We initiative, they have energized youth in Canada and around the world to take action and be the agents of social change. To help spread the word, they created We Day in 2007, and today it is in Toronto for this day of celebration that is also a call to action! It is about being that agent of change.
This year, there will be We Day celebrations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Montreal, and Halifax. We Day is no longer just Canadian either with events also happening in the UK and the USA.
On Friday, September 20, We Day kicks off in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre with almost 20,000 in attendance, with audience made up of kids from around the GTA like my daughter Rachel, like Craig and Marc, people determined to make a difference in the world. They do make a difference by committing to be apart of changes both locally and globally. We ACT is an important part of the movement inspiring kids to act. For example Rachel not only acted locally planting trees, cleaning a park, and helping with a food drive for local food bank, she also thought and acted globally. She wanted to make a difference in one child’s life so we sponsor a child and she also helped raise funds for a water well in drought ridden Burkino Faso. For kids like my Rachel they are socially aware and programs like We Day helps to inspire them to take it even further. For kids like Rachel issues such as hunger, the environment, bullying, poverty, all are thought about. They want to be the kids who change the world and I see so many that are doing good every day, and as a parent that gives me great inspiration.
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Aren’t attending you can always watch WE Day on MTV.