We Day 2011 Toronto Experience

We Day 2011 Toronto

Thank you so much for the tickets…my friend Adiba and I had really good seats and we had an incredible time! We Day was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Wow, the show was even better than I expected and the speeches were so inspiring. I also ran into the Lieutanant General and Rick Hansen in the corridors! —Estelle A.

Estelle also write for swiggtalk.com about her day

By Estelle A.

Since getting involved with the social organization Free the Children, I’ve heard the word We Day a million times and everyone who went to the previous editions of this initiative had only good things to say about it.

They used words such as “amazing, awesome, life-changing, eye-opening, and extraordinary” to describe the whole event.

This year, when I was offered a pair of tickets to We Day Toronto by Vervegirl Magazine, I was extremely excited and also had very high expectations as I had already heard so much about it. Being passionate about human and children’s rights since a young age, I was curious to see what made We Day so special and I couldn’t wait to hear from the honoured guests who were scheduled to make an appearance; amongst which some of my greatest heroes.

I brought along with me Adiba, who is one of my friends from Plan Canada’s Girls Speakers Bureau. We arrived at the Air Canada Centre pretty early but there were already hundreds if not thousands of students trying to make their way into the centre. Fortunately, for us, the line-up wasn’t that long as we got ‘Sponsored Guest’ passes. We were then told to take a seat in one of the suites at the top of the ACC. From up there, we could see the whole stadium which was filling up really quickly. One of the Me to We staff told me that not a single seat in the building would be empty because the demand for these seats was overwhelming and they even had to say no to many schools who requested tickets to the event.

During the pre-show, the stadium was already packed and when Shawn Desman came up on stage to sing his hit ‘A Night Like This’, I really thought for a moment that I would lose my hearing! Imagine 20 000 teenagers screaming at the top of their lungs and you’ll have an idea of what I mean. On We Day’s Facebook and Twitter Pages, videos of ‘’How to do the We Day Dance’’ had been posted weeks before the event and it was amazing to see all of these people doing it together as Shawn Desman was singing. I could definitely feel the incredible amount of energy in the stadium and was extremely impressed by how enthusiastic everyone was about making a difference and changing the world.

I know from personal experience that usually young people who get involved in charitable causes are made fun of or are ignored by their peers and I thought that it was really cool that so many young people cared about important issues in the world. I was amazed to see that they cheered as much for activists such as Mary Robinson and Patch Adams as they did for singer Joe Jonas and actress Nina Dobrev who were the hosts of We Day. I think that my favourite part of the show was when Nelly Furtado was reunited with one of the girls she met in Kenya. I got very emotional when Susan went up on the stage to hug Nelly and thank her for allowing girls in her community to go to school. I think that the loudest applauses came when Nelly Furtado announced that she was donating $1 million to Free the Children. It’s great to see celebrities donate their time, money, and influence to help make the world a better place! The highlight of my day was when I ran into Rick Hansen and Spencer West, two of my heroes in one of the hallways of the stadium! Even though I didn’t get to talk to them because of the numerous cameras and journalists following them, it was amazing to be just meters from them! At the end of the day, I am even more passionate about social justice and have an even bigger desire to help make the world a better place!