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We Day: please pay attention

Yesterday saw “We Day” visit Vancouver.  The photo above is of the giant screens in the center of Rogers Arena in Vancouver.  I took twenty-nine students to We Day and the experience was amazing.  If you’ve never heard of We Day, here’s the event in a nutshell:  Al Gore, Martin Sheen, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jim Berk, Ethan Zohn, Robin Wiszowaty and others joined with recording artists Colbie Caillat, Barenaked Ladies and Hedley to bring a challenge to 18000 young leaders to make the world a better place.  The vision for all of this was first articulated by Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children, and his brother Marc.  They envisioned harnessing the energy and power of youth to build schools in developing countries, to provide healthcare and clean water and alternative income sources for people who really need it.  We Day is the big kick-off for a year of events, fundraising, and awareness campaigns that the 18000 students will be working on in their own schools for the remainder of the year.

It was inspirational and uplifting, with messages ranging from having the power to change the environment (Gore) to finding something worth fighting for (Sheen), everybody is somebody (Jackson) to teachers are important (Berk).  Incredible day all around.

If this sounds interesting, go to Facebook and “Like” We Day.  Every “Like” equals a dollar for Free the Children; in other words, one million “likes” equals a million dollars to help villages and their children all around the world.

This photo is posted here as part of the Photo Friday weekly challenge:  Warped.

 

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