WeDay Alberta 2013
We are all young at heart and for some of us it shows in the things we choose to do. This year I decided to volunteer at We Day Alberta as a returning Senior Crowd Pumper. What does it mean to be a Crowd Pumper you ask? Well, it is a high energy, over enthusiastic position who’s purpose is to not only to pump up the thousands of youth in the venue through excessive cheering and dancing but also to be a Free The Children (FTC) ambassador. FTC is an international charity and educational partner, working both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change, co-founded by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger. Through their holistic and sustainable development model called Adopt a Village, they work to remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty. It’s a pretty powerful movement if you ask me and one that I am proud to personally support. Just over a year ago I traveled to Kenya and participated on a Me to We Adult Trip.
Agriculture is my passion and I had the opportunity to share that passion with my new friends from USA, UK and Canada however it was extra special for me to share fundamental knowledge in agricultural production with Kenyans, like Mama Jane. (Read more about Mama Jane in my Nuffield Report.) These less fortunate people appreciate life in ways we often take for granted. That is why I choose to be a part of a cause. A cause like Free The Children and We Day.
“We Day is the movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative.”
More than 18,000 youth from across Alberta participated We Day on October 24 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The energetic event included music from award-winning performers and messages from renowned speakers including Nelly Furtado, Martin Luther King III, Naheed Nenshi, the Kenya Boys Choir, Spencer West and Magic Johnson. (All of which are in the photos bellow.)
If you want to be inspired, do something for someone else, volunteer and you may just be surprised at how amazing it feels!
Sure I may have been the oldest crowd pumper but I can guarantee that I was also the loudest and to quote Kid President “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”
We Day is still on tour. Volunteer Here