It was a day not many who attended will forget. The constant loud roar of the 18,000+ crowd at Rogers Arena, the speakers who touched hearts and drove change through their words and unforgettable performances by big names like Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, One Republic and Shawn Desmond. It was Free the Children’s We Day and we were lucky enough to be there.
In the wake of Amanda Todd’s death, programming was tweaked to support an anti bullying theme. BC’s Premier Christy Clarke kicked off the day- love her or hate her, dressed in her hot pink jacket she delivered a powerful and heartfelt speech that drove the crowd to their feet and had them saying no to bullying.
Magic Johnson, Shane koyczan and Desmond Tutu were also highlights of the day. Each with their own perspective and experiences with bullying, each instilling power and confidence in the attending youth to change the world. Spencer West, Free the children founders Marc and Craig Kielburger and many more rounded out a day which without a doubt won’t soon be forgotten.
Whistler Water was also center stage launching the Whistler Water One Climb to the thousands in attendance. The Climb taking place June 22nd 2013 is an inspiring one-day event to raise money to provide clean water to over 10,000 people. Learn more and Commit to Climb with Whistler Water and Free The Children here.
If you’ve never heard of Free the Children or We Day it’s worth looking into. Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. In the past year alone (Sept. 2011 – June 2012) youth involved in the organization’s year long program have raised over $6 million dollars and contributed 1.7 million volunteer hours.