WE Day UK 2016: The Recap

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United Kingdom! You rocked it!

Yesterday was unforgettable. We saw crowd-pumping performances, were treated to inspiring speakers, and gathered with over 12,000 change-makers to celebrate our collective impact.

It was incredible to see so many young people in one spot who have a passion for making a difference and creating a better world! One of our favourite things about today was the unity all of the students actively displayed. We saw young people on stage bringing attention to the work others are doing, supporting one another in their endeavors, and truly demonstrating the power WE have when we stand together to make change.

DNCE… FLEUR EAST… REVELATION CHOIR…LABRINTH… the list of amazing performances goes on. There were so many moments that got us grooving, moving and singing at the top of our lungs!

From award-winning actress Marlee Matlin’s powerful words delivered in sign language, to a special video message from Kate Winslet, to WE Day U.K. Co-chair Holly Branson’s mission to make change a reality, our speakers left us seriously inspired and ready to take action.

Thank you UK for motivating us to make an even bigger difference! Here are your WE Day highlights:

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Tallia Storm arrived in style on the red carpet and did not waste any time in sharing empowering words about being ready for any opportunity!

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Sohana Collins, a young girl who dreams just as big as anyone else, courageously described her daily battle with epidermolysis bullosa and her quest to find a cure with the Sohana Research Fund

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Rita Ora spoke from her heart and from personal experience about the issues that refugees face, and the opportunity we have to make them feel welcome. She handed it over to two young people who are taking action on this…

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Tamanna Miah bravely shared about the Islamophobia and racist bullying she experienced, while Amin Ojjeh described what it feels like to have family members forced to leave their homes. Both called us to not be bystanders – but to create opportunity for those who have none.

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We also heard so many amazing stories of local students who are taking action, including Hasan and Shayaan who created the app We Konnect  to support young carers.

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Finally, Labrinth closed us out with an EPIC performance of Earthquake. “This is YOUR day!” he exclaimed to the thousands of young people singing along. Waving his WE sign, WE Day UK went out with a bang and with all the students fired up to continue transforming the world!

If only this day could never end… It’s been a slice UK! Relive all the incredible moments by following us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

A special shout-out goes to our co-title sponsors – Virgin Atlantic and Barclays – for giving 12,000 students the opportunity to attend WE Day and for helping us make today a reality!

U.K. – we’ll see you next year!

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