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On Wednesday 22nd March a group of CTK (Lewisham) Volunteers attended Wembley Arena for WE Day. “A WE Day ticket is something that is earned”. 12,000 young people from across the UK gathered to celebrate each other’s successes in trying to implement positive changes in our own communities and the communities of others. This gave our students the opportunity to be inspired by each other and recognise that the small little changes that they have been trying to make in college this year can have a big impact.
WE Day UK brought awareness to a whole array of issues, including mental health, LGTBQ rights, youth homelessness, and many more. With inspiring speeches from Paula Abdul, Nungshi and Tashi Malik, Kate Winslet, as well as youth speakers, including Maria Munir and Francesca Brown, the commitment to creating change was refreshed. There were performances by Fleur East, Connor Maynard and Jessie J that were not only hype, but they helped us celebrate an amazing year of service locally and globally.
Nungshi and Tashi Malik set the tone early with their empowering speech. The world’s youngest persons to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (a challenge to reach the North and South Pole and climb the Seven Summits), Nungshi and Tashi Malik climb for change. They spoke about defying expectations, and reminded us we all have a role to play in improving women’s lives!
Conor Maynard hit the stage with his incredible voice! He had everyone jumping—literally—through his performance of “Are You Sure?” He also belted his amazing top-40 mashup of “24K Magic!” The students were so excited and fully enjoyed the performance.
London’s own Jessie J left the crowd in awe. Jessie J stood for power! She reminded the students that their work is creating a real change and that they should feel important and valued for the work and effort that they put into this. She delivered an emotionally charged rendition of “Who You Are,” inviting the audience to find their inner diva and sing along—loud and proud.
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet inspired students with her message of self-love and perseverance. “Believe that you are worth it,” Kate Winslet told WE Day. The Oscar-winning actress talked about body image and gave important lessons on how to navigate comments that aren’t always easy. Loving yourself for who you are is key! She also imparted one simple tip for happiness: “Put down your phone!” she said, inviting the audience to reconsider the way we share on social media. The advice: Be kind and share stories—not negativity. This was truly inspirational and it gave the students the opportunity to reflect how they might use social media in their lives and how it should be used for encouragement and positivity.
The Vamps closed out the show with an epic performance of “All Night.” It was clear the students loved these British pop-rockers, loudly cheering right up until the end of the performance.
Overall, the whole day was inspiring and the students came away from the event ready to do more to help create change in their communities, so watch this Space!