Flo Rida's “Club Can't Handle Me” blares through the Air Canada Centre as 18,000 fists pump into the air. It's part of the We Day dance, and once the choreographed set of movements is done, the arena explodes into cheers as the Toronto brothers and founders of Free The Children, Marc and Craig Kielburger, take the stage.
The international children's-rights activists are challenging Canadian youth to become “shameless idealists” just like them.Deepak Choprah--isn't he the "guru" who once opined that "The burden of a civilized society is to tolerate the intolerable," and "The West created Israel by fiat in 1948 without consulting the Arabs?" Yeah, let's expose impressionable young minds to his shtick. And compelling young'uns to sit through all the "inspirational" hokum: child abuse, pure and simple.
The day-long event kicks off the We Schools in Action program, in which students develop and implement one local and one global project to help youth who do not have access to the basic things we often take for granted: food, clean water and education.
The lead singer of Hedley, Jacob Hoggard, shared stories from his recent trip to Kenya. He said that while it may be hard for young Canadians to imagine, poverty exists and young people can make a difference.
“I wasn't just watching a commercial on television anymore,” Hoggard said. “I know that it's easy not to pay attention. We're so desensitized by everything that goes on in our culture, but I'm here to tell you guys today that it's real.”
Toronto's seven-man band Down With Webster and Ghana's reggae star Rocky Dawuni provided musical breaks Thursday morning between inspirational speakers.
Best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra told the crowd that the children-helping-children movement is the key to putting an end to poverty and the exploitation of youth.
“This energy, this idealism will transform the world,” Chopra said.
“You are the ones that will help create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy world . . . You are the change that you want to see in the world.”