The great and the good converged on London on March 7, as Canadian charity Free the Children’s We Day event experienced its first kick off on international soil.
Twelve thousand young humanitarians crammed into Wembley Arena to learn of collaboration and inspiration. The event’s aim – to turn passion into action.
Speakers were sourced across the board, from big screen names to a Paralympian, with a royal and a business legend both sandwiched in between.
Performances from Jennifer Hudson, home-hatched Birdy and Ellie Goulding drew drowning screams of excitement from the youthful, ever-energetic crowd.
The day’s biggest aud-approval was for 16-year-old education activist (and resultant Taliban target), Malala Yousafzai, who received a trio of standing ovations for her eloquence. Leaving fellow speakers Sir Richard Branson, Al Gore and HRH Prince Harry mere runners up in the popularity polls.
“We were living in terrorism,” Yousafzai explained of her famous media campaign. “We had two options – one was not to speak and die. And the second was to speak, and then die. And I chose the second one … I did not know that outside Swat, the world was listening to our words. Soon I discovered that the most powerful weapon you have is your voice.”
As the guests departed the echoes of the cheers died, whilst unquestionably, the day’s wise words would mindfully resonate indefinitely.