We Day 2017 interviews, messages and adventures- Q’s views

Hi everyone, this is Q. I went to We Day last week with my mum and it was really fun. I’m going to tell you all about We Day and the experiences we had.

We had to wake up really early, at 0600 hours, because we had to catch the train to Vancouver. That’s where We Day was. Once we got to Vancouver, it was pouring and we needed to catch a cab to Rogers Stadium and that took a while. The cab driver didn’t drop us off at Rogers stadium, but he did drop us off near there and we had to walk the rest of the way in the pouring rain.

When we got there, we were media and they gave us a lanyard with our name on it and we got to sit up in a box. They gave each a rafiki when we got there. If you don’t know what a rafiki is, it’s a bracelet made out of beads made by African moms in Kenya. They are really cool. My mom has more than 10 different ones!

We picked out some mini cinnamon buns in the press room and then we went to our box. The lady escorting us said we could sit in a full box or go to the empty one, and we chose the empty one. When we got settled in, the staff told us we had interviews, which was an awesome surprise.

Our first interview was with Lonnie Chavis.

Lonnie is a movie star from “This is Us”.  My mom says that is one of her favourite shows. He is the same age as me but he is in grade 5 and he lives in California. We talked about if it was easy being a TV star on This is Us, and I asked how he went to school. He is home schooled and his mom teaches on the set. We also talked about football – he is a Dallas Cowboys fan like me and he likes the San Diego Chargers too. He said he’s met the whole team! He told me that 5th grade is alot like 4th grade and that the beginning of 5th grade is pretty much the same as 4th. It was really neat to meet someone famous who is the same age as me.

Lonnie has a special message for you, something that is important to me too.

After that we met an Olympian her name was Sarah Wells. She competed in the hurdles and has won a lot of medals in competitions all over the world. She talked with me about being an athlete and training, and what to do when you fall down. She had a really bad injury the year before the Olympics and nobody thought she could compete anymore. She worked really hard and she made it to the Olympics! She even got a tattoo to remind herself to always believe and she showed it to us.

 Sarah has a message for you all too – I’ll give you a hint, it is about never giving up. I taped the whole interview so you could watch it here.

 

*Mum’s note: Sarah actually got a stress fracture in her leg less than a year before the 2012 London games, and was able to beat the odds in her recovery and actually compete at the Olympics. I was positively blown away by her determination, totally inspired, and was so grateful, as a parent to a young competitive athlete, to have met and spent a bit of time with her. *

Then we met Hannah Alper, an animal lover and a blogger. She is maybe 12 or 11 or 13? She said that she was way shorter than me when she was my age. She got involved in Me to We by becoming an ambassador and she was 9 when she started her own blog. She has a book coming out soon that she wrote and both my mom and I are excited to read it.She thinks that it is important for kids to get involved in things that they are interested in to help make the world a better place.

Hannah also has a message for you, and you can hear it in her interview here.

After we finished interviewing Hannah, we went back to the box and found out our seats had been taken (by accident). It was ok because we did get them back after lunch though. There were a bunch of speakers who came on the stage and both Lonnie and Hannah introduced someone. The speakers talked about how we can save the world, how to be kind to other people who are not like you and how cyber-bullying can make people feel really bad.

We even got to have lunch in the box while we watched the speakers. They brought us chicken fingers and fries and really yummy pasta. I ate lots!

When it was lunch time and we had finished eating, they invited all the media people down to the press room to ask questions to Craig Kielberger, who is one of the founders of We Day, and special guest Martin Sheen. If you don’t know who Martin Sheen is, he is an actor and movie star who played Uncle Ben in Spiderman. Mom says he’s been in lots of other TV shows and movies too! I got picked as 1 out of 4 people to ask them a question. I asked them “How can youth kids like me make a difference in the world?” Craig Kielberger answered my question and then at the end I got a photo with Craig and Martin Sheen.

 

I also got a picture with just Martin Sheen and he even shook my mom’s hand. She said I am really lucky and that it was a pretty special opportunity.

 After the press conference was over, we went back to our seats and I continued to eat. Grace Vanderwaal, who won America’s Got Talent last year, sang and played her ukulele twice. It was good, and I really enjoyed it. Then there were more presenters. I learned that if you recycle 1 battery that you can save 6 kids lives with the zinc inside. I also learned that some people have different religions and you should treat them the same as anyone else. At the end, there was a big closing act and they were called Hedley. They are from the same province as me!

Then we went back to our seats and I continued to eat. Grace Vanderwaal, who won America’s Hot talent last year, sang and played her ukulele twice. It was good and I really enjoyed it. 

Then there were some more presenters. I learned that if you recycle 1 battery that you can save 6 kids lives with the zinc inside. I also learned that some people have different religions and that you should treat them the same as anyone else. At the end, there was a big closing act and they were a band called hedley. They are from the same province as me! 

Here are some ways kids can change the world:

  • Recycle everything you
  • Using stuff that can be used more than once, like Tupperware in your lunch or cups
  • Protect animals and nature and forests
  • Don’t cut down trees and don’t break the branches
  • Don’t waste water because there are kids that have to walk 5 miles just to get water
  • You can raise money for your community by making lemonade or crafts to sell
  • You could have a bake sale or collect donations to support a charity.

You can’t buy a ticket to We Day, you have to earn it by doing good, helping the community and the environment. There were around 20,000 people there that day. At the end of the day, I felt really inspired – I am Gen WE!

I want to say thanks to Lonnie, Sarah and Hannah for our interviews and to Craig and Martin to answering my question at the question time. Thanks to We Day to having me and my mom cover We Day. I felt really special.

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