– WE Day UK will stream live at 9:40 a.m. GMT on March 6, 2019 at WE.org/watchweday –
– WE Day UK is free to thousands of students thanks to partners and supporters led by UK Title Supporter Virgin Atlantic –
LONDON, Feb. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - WE Day, the greatest celebration of social good, with stadium sized events across Canada and the U.S., returns to the UK uniting 12,000 extraordinary students and educators who have made a difference in their local and global communities. Together they will share in a day of unforgettable performances and motivational speeches by The Duke of Sussex, WE co-founders Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, model, actress and activist Naomi Campbell, model, self care and mental health activist Iskra Lawrence, internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Liam Payne, Grammy-nominated singer Nicole Scherzinger, singer-songwriter and BRIT Award-winner Tom Walker and more additions still to be announced. Led by UK Title Supporter Virgin Atlantic, WE Day UK will be held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on March 6, 2019.
Returning to the WE Day stage for the third time, The Duke of Sussex will speak about his role as President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust and the importance of social entrepreneurship and its aspiration of enabling young leaders to realize their hopes and dreams for the future. The Duke of Sussex has previously spoken on the WE Day stage at WE Day Toronto, September 2017 as well as WE Day UK, March 2014.
"I'm fortunate to stand alongside the thousands of students joining us at WE Day UK," said model, actress and activist, Naomi Campbell. "Today's young people are tomorrow's leaders and their commitment to affecting change on a global scale is the motivation we all need as we advocate for our philanthropic initiatives."
More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools, a program designed to enhance a school or community's existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools provides participants with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, encouraging students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills to succeed beyond the classroom.
"As we start another year of creating lasting change, I'm thrilled to be a part of WE Day UK to recognize and applaud the work of the thousands of incredible young leaders. Each student and teacher has challenged themselves to give back in remarkable ways and the team at WE are honoured to provide them with the tools to achieve their year-long social action goals," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. "From tackling the stigma surrounding mental health, to fundraising to improve access to clean water and eliminating local homelessness, today's young change-makers are more fearless than ever when it comes to taking action on timely issues. Their unwavering commitment to doing good never ceases to inspire me."
WE Day is free of charge to students and teachers across the UK, thanks to the generous support of partners led by UK Title Supporter Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic believes in empowering young people to build a brighter, more sustainable future. Students can't buy a ticket to WE Day—young people from across the UK earn their way through the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice.
The initial list of WE Day UK hosts, speakers and performers in alphabetical order, announced to date, includes:
- Co-Hosts: Dean Chaumo (youth co-host), Conor Maynard, Tamara Smart (youth co-host)
- Speakers and Presenters: Nicola Brentnall, The Duke of Sussex, Naomi Campbell, Nikki Christou, Gemma Cleland, Celebrity Marauders, David Foster, Connor Franta, Julia Gillard, Homebros, Kees Kruythoff, Craig and Marc Kielburger, Iskra Lawrence, Sonny & Dixie, Living the Dream, Katharine McPhee, Conor Maynard, Temi Mwale, Baruani Ndume, Louise Pentland, Paul Polman, Nicole Scherzinger, Amani Simpson, Nadja Swarovski, Natalia Vodianova, Lord Rumi Verjee, Isabelle Weall, Yeading Junior School
- Performers: Jack & Jack, Liam Payne, Tom Walker
WE Day is supported in the UK by Co-Chairs Holly Branson, Virgin Management, Virgin Unite and Big Change Charitable Trust; Lord Rumi Verjee, Founder of The Rumi Foundation; and Kees Kruythoff, President Home Care, Unilever. Globally, WE Day is supported by, Dave I. McKay, President and CEO, RBC; David Aisenstat, Chairman, President and CEO, Keg Restaurants Ltd.; Hartley Richardson, President and CEO, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.; and Craig Burkinshaw, Co-Founder, Audley Travel.
WE Day is part of WE—a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good.
WE Charity was founded in 1995 by then 12-year-old Craig Kielburger with a mission to fight child labour. WE has since grown and evolved to address the root cause of child labour - extreme poverty. In the past 24 years, WE's programs have empowered over 1 million people with clean water, built 1,500 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education.
WE enables youth and families to better the world—supporting 7,200+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Join the movement today at WE.org (www.we.org).
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For further information: For more information of WE Day, please contact: Natalie McMullin, Manager, External Communications, WE Day, 437-580-5516, [email protected]; Camila Ossa, Associate Director, External Communications, WE Day, 647-459-4460, [email protected]