We Day inspires local students to be involved in community
On Oct. 24, students from Bert Church had the opportunity to join 16000 other like-minded students from across southern Alberta to celebrate We Day 2013 at the Calgary Saddledome.
We Day is an initiative of Free the Children, started by Craig and Marc Kielburger to inspire youth to take action on local and global issues they care about.
Presenters this year spoke on a wide range of topics. Human rights advocate Martin Luther King III shared a message of the importance of taking a stand against injustice. Everyone was excited to hear NBA legend Magic Johnson speak about the need to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others.
Spencer West once again wowed us with his perseverance and anything-is-possible attitude.
We also heard from a young man named Chris Tse, who is a national spoken-word champion and humanitarian. In addition, several great musical acts kept the energy levels high.
Nelly Furtado performed with the Kenyan Boys Choir, while Kardinal Offishall, Shawn Desman and Down With Webster kept everyone on their feet.
All the speakers were phenomenal motivators, but the most inspirational presentations were by the youth speakers – Hannah Alper and Vishal Vijay.
They both shared personal stories of how last year’s We Day inspired them to take action on issues they cared deeply about.
These two were so young, but had amazing goals and knew exactly what they wanted to change in the world. It sparked a flame in all of us to motivate others, and to take action on what we believe needs to be done in this world.
Working with Free the Children has been an excellent match for students at Bert Church. Free the Children works to eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education and break the cycle of poverty.
Last year, we had a lot of success supporting the We Create Change and the We Walk for Water campaigns, collecting pennies to provide clean and reliable water sources to villages in need.
This year, we are supporting the Adopt a Village - Brick by Brick program. Free the Children’s focus this year is education, and their goal is to build 200 schools. We have set for ourselves the goal to raise $10,000 to build at one of those schools in Ghana.
We Day 2013 truly motivated students at least Bert Church to “Be the Change.”
Alicia Mark is a Grade 11 student at Bert Church High School.