Schools from Across UK Flock to Wembley for WE Day

Written for London360 in March 2016:

WE Day is a celebration of young people making a difference in their local and global communities. The event took place at Wembley Arena in London on the 9th March 2016 and 12,000 school children and teachers from more than 600 schools across the UK took part. The students could not buy tickets to the day at Wembley but they had to earn it through the yearlong WE School Programme. The programme nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. They also had to participate in one local and one global action.

The team from London360 went down to the Arena to film the event. Throughout the day there were a number of performers, speakers and videos. Speakers included Professor Brian Cox OBE, multi-award winning actor Clive Owen, singer and actress Rita Ora, Social Entrepreneur and Big Changer Sam Branson, Princess Beatrice, WE Day co-founders Craig and Marc Keilburger and WE Day UK co-chairs Holly Branson and Lord Rumi Verjee.

Performances that stood out during the day were Labrinth with his song ‘Earthquake,’ Fleur East with ‘Sax’, actor, singer, songwriter and musician Darren Criss with Revelation Avenue performing a cover of ‘Man In The Mirror’ and American pop rock group DNCE with ‘Cake By The Ocean.’ Even during the lunch break there were many upbeat songs played by the WE Day DJ (DJ Melody) which got the Arena dancing.

The videos were also pulling the heartstrings of the students and teachers throughout the day. They included messages of why the world needs more positive change and that the young people in the room are important to making sure that things do change for the best.

Speeches from the students were also empowering and inspiring. The London360 team interviewed some of the students and teachers and asked them why WE Day is important to them and how it has changed their lives for the better. The team also interviewed the speakers before the event on the red carpet and during the event in the designated press room inside the venue.

WE Day in the UK has only been going on for three years but is already making a huge impact. According to WE Day, the schools so far have volunteered 217,670 hours and raised £1,241,689 in support of local and global causes.

The WE Day movement across the globe is phenomenal with over £40 million raised for more than 2,500 local and global organisations since 2007. They also have the world’s largest non-profit causes on Facebook with 3.4 million likes and over 1 million followers on Twitter. This is something not to ignore and these students may become our future politicians and leaders, so watch this space!

One of the many performances during the event.

One of the student speakers at the event.

Author, Speaker, Facilitator & Social Activist Spencer West speaking to the London360 Team on the Red Carpet.

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