(By: Graham Beer)
Through the deafening cheers, the message was clear – doing good is doable.
On Thursday, WE Day returned to Toronto, bringing over 20,000 students and educators to Scotiabank Arena to celebrate young people committed to making a difference.
With the powerful message of “get doing,” this year’s event featured renowned speakers, star athletes, Hollywood performers and change-makers taking the stage for the first time. The star-studded line up included hosts Miss Piggy and Nick Robinson, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adam Devine, Jack & Jack, Penny Oleksiak, Mason Ramsey, Jessie Reyez, Lilly Singh, Jacob Tremblay and many more.
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day. Youth earn their way there by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the WE Schools program.
“I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to attend such an amazing event,” said Andrew Atanasoff, a grade 12 student at Cobourg Collegiate Institute. “Just listening to the speakers and performers made me inspired and ready to ‘get doing’ at my school.”
Beyond the Scotiabank Arena, 19 other stadium-sized WE Day events are held across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and the Caribbean each year. Twenty years ago, WE was founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger who have supported over 7,200 local and global causes. By volunteering countless hours and raising millions of dollars, they have benefited local communities around the world.
“From mental well-being to homelessness, to bullying, to education, to so much more, the young people coming together today for WE Day Toronto show us that kindness, compassion, and inclusivity paired with the determination to do good makes a real impact in the world,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE.
If you missed this year’s WE Day Toronto you can catch the highlights on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. on CTV. For more information about WE Day or the WE organization visit www.we.org.