Queen Noor of Jordan, Simple Plan and Martin Luther King... world-renowned leaders and entertainers set to inspire 16,000 students at

Queen Noor of Jordan, Simple Plan and Martin Luther King III among lineup of
world-renowned leaders and entertainers set to inspire 16,000 students at
National We Day in Ottawa
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@SimplePlan @KardinalO & @QueenNoor
OTTAWA, ON (February 24, 2014) – International charity and educational partner Free The Children,
alongside National Co-Title Sponsors RBC and TELUS, announced today the anticipated lineup of iconic
speakers and captivating performers set to join 16,000 students at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 9,
2014 for the second annual National We Day-Canada.
We Day is an educational youth empowerment event which is taking the philanthropic world by storm and
is now going global, with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this year
alone will come together in stadium gatherings to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative
which inspires students to get involved in positive social change.
Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day, they earn it through service; by making a commitment to take
action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of the year-long educational
program called We Act. National We Day-Canada is free of charge to the thousands of students and
educators in attendance thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors including National Co-Title
Sponsors RBC and TELUS.
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In the year of the 50 anniversary of his father’s memorable I Have a Dream speech, an exciting addition
to the lineup this year is human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, who will be speaking at all We
Day events across North America in 2013-2014.
World-renowned leaders, entertainers and members of the Ottawa community have added their voice to
the We Day movement. Alongside National We Day-Canada co-chairs Jeff York, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Farm Boy Inc. and Patrick Mullins, Vice President, Richardson GMP Limited, the lineup
of those set to attend the event include:
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Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (@QueenNoor)
Martin Luther King III – Human Rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo – National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Simple Plan (@SimplePlan) – JUNO Award-winning band
Kardinal Offishall (@KardinalO) – Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer
JRDN (@JRDNMusic) – Canadian R&B recording artist
Gen & Jas (The Oducado Twins) – MuchMusic Coca-Cola Covers Winners
Craig and Marc Kielburger (@CraigKielburger) – International activists and co-founders of Free
The Children
Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children
ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
Molly Burke (@mollymetowe) – Visually impaired Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The
Children ambassador and author, who speaks about bullying and the power of hope
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Hannah Alper (CallmeHannah.ca) – 11-year-old Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The
Children ambassador, blogger and youth activist
Vishal Vijay (Childreninaction.ca) – Youth speaker
…with more to be announced
"I was truly inspired by my first We Day in 2013 and amazed by the energy, excitement and passion that
came from the crowd of young people who were all eager to make the world a better place,” said Her
Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. “These young people are making a difference year-round in their local
and global communities and I’m delighted to be able to share in that celebration with them again – this
time in Canada’s capital.”
We Day is tied to the year-long program, We Act, which supports students and educators with free
educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration
into sustained activation. Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million for
over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours.
We Day has over 1 million followers on Twitter and is one of the world’s largest charitable causes on
Facebook with 3.9 million likes.
Stay connected:
 Facebook: www.facebook.com/weday
 Twitter: @weday @craigkielburger @freethechildren
 Visit www.weday.com
About Free The Children
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. Founded in 1995 by international
activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve
their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local
and global citizens. The organization’s domestic programs – which include We Day, Free The Children’s
signature youth empowerment event – educate, engage and empower 2.3 million youth become engaged
global citizens. Its international projects have brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth
and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to 1 million people around the world, freeing children
and their families from the cycle of poverty.
The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights
Award from the World Association of Non‐Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful
partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information, visit
www.freethechildren.com
-30For more information on We Day or to request an interview with a We Day speaker, please contact:
Lauren Stasila
Associate Director PR & Publicity, We Day
416-558-9310
[email protected]