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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sompong's We Day Post

We Day was an amazing day to experience. I had never been to a concert before and i`m happy that We Day happened to be my first! Our school had 45 tickets to go to the concert, 5 of the tickets were for the teachers, 10 went to grade 5 and 6`s, and 30 to grade 8 students. There was a lot of grade 8 students that wanted to go to this concert, so we made posters, had to present to our grade 8 teachers and explain to them why we wanted to go to We Day. I was lucky enough to get to go to We Day along with other grade 8 students! :)

Everyone that went to the concert had a t-shirt that they had to wear which said `It Starts With Me`. We met at school at 8:00 AM and then bused to the MTS Center. At the MTS Center surprisingly we didn`t have to wait outside, we went straight to our seating section (2-14). There were 16 000 people filling up the MTS center and it was unbelievably crowded everywhere we went but we managed to get through.

At the beginning of the concert everyone got up and danced the We Day dance! We learned it step-by-step and then Shawn Desman went on stage and danced with us! After that there were speakers that spoke to us about We Day and their experiences in life. Shawn Desman, Neverest Down With Webster, Sierra Noble, and Hedley all performed for us throughout the concert. Craig Kielburger, Mark Kielburger, Mia Farrow, Al Gore, Paul Martin, Degrassi Cast, Rick Hansen, Spencer West had all given amazing speeches and all had experiences in their life that led them to participating in We Day. Unfortunately I missed Hannah Taylor`s speech because of the lineups during lunch. Michel Chikwanine touched me the most with his.. speech. Michel was only 5 years old when he was taken by some horrible soldiers that took him into the jungle. They cut his wrists and rubbed cocaine and gunpowder into his open wounds. Then they made him hold a gun, blindfolded him and told him to shoot! Without knowing what his target was, Michel pulled the trigger and when he took off the blindfold, he saw that he had shot his bestfriend `Kevin`. He was then forced to be a child soldier. Michel was silenced along with 300 000 other child soldiers, but he stood up for what he believed in and is now giving speeches all around the world.

We Day was honestly the BEST experience in my entire life. If I could re-live this day, I definitely would. I learned that no matter how old you are, what your disability is, where you come from, what your background is, you can still make a difference if you just believe in yourself. We Day has inspired me to make a difference! :)

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