We Day in Calgary hopes to inspire youth to make a difference

Calgary's Saddledome is packed full of students today for We Day — an educational event that focuses on young people leading local and global change.

Event travels around Canada to bring together thousands of young people

Thousands of young people pack into the Saddledome in Calgary for We Day. 2:07

Calgary's Saddledome is packed full of students today for We Day — an educational event that focuses on young people leading local and global change. 

Singer Nelly Furtado talks with We Day co-founder Craig Kielburger at the event in Calgary. (Abbas Somji/CBC)

Sarah Shephard, 11, attended the event last year. She says it gets everyone thinking about global issues like inequality.

"It's kinda unfair that people in the world don't have certain things that we really just take for granted like school, and clean water, and food and free health care," she said.

She decided to start a fundraiser with a few friends. They raised $25,000 in just 11 months to help build water wells and schools in Kenya. 

Co-founder Craig Kielburger says that is why he started We Day.

"It is like the Grey Cup or the Junos, but of doing good," he said. "You have to earn your way to be here. It is free but at least one local, one global service action." 

The event travels around Canada to bring together tens of thousands of young people and educators.

Celebrities, musicians and guest speakers share their stories with the hope of inspiring kids.

Some guests at this year's event include singer Nelly Furtado, Down With Webster and NBA legend Magic Johnson.

"When children feel power of community, they feel fearless and can change the world," said Furtado. 

Also taking the stage was speakers like Spencer West — a man who lost his legs when he was five but still managed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro last year.


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