BY JORDYN SHAW, BAYLEE WHITE, AND JOSH HOWSE
École H. J. Cody School Interact Club members joined 20,000 youth from across Alberta at the Saddledome, to hear many inspirational speakers during We Day (part of Free the Children’s Me to We initiative), Oct. 24.
Martin Luther King lll spoke about our generation and how we can change the world. He gave us the inspiration to get involved in our communities so we could be remembered as a great generation by telling us the time is now. He made us take an oath to be a more impactful group of youth.
Another speaker that our Interact group found very inspirational was Chris Tse. He made us aware of how lucky we are to live in such a great country. He talked about kids our age and how we take everything for granted, such as school and basic necessities including food and clean water and the extremes kids in third world countries have to go to get them, putting all of his words into an awe-inspiring rap.
Other speakers who captured our attention were Vishal Vijay and Hannah Alper, two kids that moved us to get more involved within our community. They spoke of kids their age and how different our lives would be if we lived in one of the less fortunate countries in our world.
We decided the reason they motivated us by creating their own groups and raising money for Free the Children was because they were closer to our age than the other speakers, which made them more relatable to us and gave us the push to achieve their goal.
Other amazing speakers and singers we saw included, Down with Webster, Magic Johnson, Shawn Desmon, Spencer West, Nelly Furtado, Karl Wolf, the Kenyan Boys Choir, and many more. The entire show was such an inspiring experience that none of us will ever forget. We are so excited to get started on our year of change.
International activists and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger, shared the many ways that we can take action this year, and encouraged students to work together to create change.
You can learn all about the new WE-themed campaigns from Free The Children at www.freethechildren.com.