Inspiring young people to make a difference

The inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Laura Lean/PA Wire

The inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Laura Lean/PA Wire

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A Todmorden based tour operator took a group of children to Wembley Arena last week for a major new national event.

David Macdonald, who runs Next Tour, took a group of students from across the North West to the We Day event on Friday, which aimed to inspire young people to make a difference in the own community and overseas.

The event, which was the first to be held in the UK, involved more than 12,000 people from more than 400 schools and featured many famous guest speakers including Prince Harry, Richard Branson and Al Gore.

David said it was a memorable day out for everyone who attended.

“I’m interested in knowledge and learning, so the enthusiasm of the children was great to see,” he said.

“The children really enjoyed it.

“I’m sure they got a lot out of it.

“I would like it to continue.

“Young people are our future.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea to encourage young people to be passionate about things.

“There were lots of famous faces giving inspirational messages, saying it they can do it, you can too.

“We were encouraged to follow the words of the late Nelson Mandela: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’.”

During the day Al Gore talked about children helping children to spread passion and determination.

Prince Harry said children have the power to effect change.

Richard Branson spoke about the importance of not losing friendship.

We Day brings young people together to lead global change, defy apathy and celebrate the change that they are making in their local and global communities.

We Day is linked to the year-long We Act programme, which offers educational resources, campaigns and support materials to help students commit to taking one local and one global action to better the world.