|Students of Hopewell Public School taking the spotlight on the We Create Change Tour.|
The We Create Change Tour is to celebrate and thank all the students across Canada who have participated so far. And the tour, I'm guessing, will spur on many more students to take up the cause. It's impossible to not be inspired when in the presence of the amazing speakers from the tour.
The lineup included Spencer West, Neverest, and Hannah Alper. Spencer West is just incredible. Born with a genetic condition that didn't allow the muscles in his legs to develop, he now lives without legs. But does that stop him? No way! This guy has climbed mountains (literally, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro), walked hundreds of kilometers (Edmonton to Calgary, Alberta), and is now touring the country, driving in a Ford vehicle designed to be driven using only hands. Cool eh?
His story spoke to everyone in the packed gym: just a boy looking to fit in, bullied for being different, not wanting to go to school. The point that hit home was that he didn't WANT to go to school, but so many kids in the world CAN'T go to school. There are many reasons - not having a physical school to go to, having to help the family or work to support the family, being sick because of a lack of food or healthcare - and Spencer and Free The Children are helping. This year they are focusing on education and funds raised by the We Create Change campaign are buying bricks and building schools overseas.
|The captivating Spencer West.|
At two points during the show we were treated to live performances by Neverest, a Canadian pop band that had the kids up and dancing. They did some speaking as well and were inspiring too. You can tell they have a great relationship with Spencer, joking and teasing, but also really respect him.
|Neverest performing Immortalized.|
|Spencer West, Hannah Alper and Neverest.|
I left the event inspired to do, to make a difference, to help my kids make a difference. This campaign is really geared toward youth but there are things that I can do, that we can all do. Something I did immediately was purchase a Rafiki bracelet. Each chain is made by a woman overseas and the money will support her in someway (different colours support different things like income, food, health, water and education). There are other ways you can donate (all on the Free The Children website) and giving a gift of a donation in someone's name is a great present idea for someone who has everything!
|My new Rafiki bracelet.|
If you want to know more about the We Create Change Tour or Free The Children visit their websites or follow along on Twitter using #changetour. I am so thankful I was able to spend a morning being inspired and meeting some incredible people.