By Zeenat KAzi
“Be the change you want to see in the world” – One of the greatest leaders of the world, Mahatma Gandhi’s most famous quote still remains alive through “Me to We”. Me to We is a program created from the Free the Children organisation. Me to We is a movement which inspires and motivates people everywhere, young and old to become a positive impact to change the world.
Throughout the year Me to We operates many campaigns varying from fundraisers to volunteer trips to help those in need around the world. They also celebrate the movement by having “We Days”. Students from all over Toronto come together to celebrate this movement. It’s a celebration full of dance, music and performances from many celebrities. There are also many inspirational and motivational stories from people who have had life changing experiences either through Me to We or through their own lives.
On September 28th, Me to We celebrated another We Day at the Air Canada Centre. Primary and Secondary students from all over Toronto came to celebrate, dance, cheer and sing along with the celebrity performers. There were many inspirational stories from people who have had life changing experiences and who have now been motivated to change the world as well. Celebrities like Nelly Furtado, Knaan, Hedley and Jennifer Hudson were among many other performers who pumped the crowd with their amazing numbers. Motivational speakers included Hollywood actor Martin Sheen, Environmentalist activist Al Gore, MP Justin Trudeau and also Spencer West who recently completed a climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s highest peek! Marc and Craig Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children and Me to We were also there to motivate, inspire and introduce new programs and campaigns!
Amongst the new campaigns introduced were the RBC Blue Water project and the Me to We penny drive. The RBC Blue Water project is a program which will help bring clean water to communities and villages in need all over the world. The Penny drive will help with this program. As the Canadian penny will soon be going extinct, the idea is to give the penny a wonderful send off by collecting them and donating them to the Blue Water Project at any RBC location. $25 worth of pennies is equivalent to clean water for one person for their entire life!
The next We Day will be happening in October however tickets for We Day cannot be bought. They can only be earned, so support this wonderful movement and you may be a part of the celebrations too.