We Day 2012 – Winnipeg

Started in 2007 by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger, We Day was established to inspire children to make the world a better place. Featuring singers, dancers, speakers, local and global leaders among others, We Day stopped in Winnipeg on October 30, 2012 at the MTS Centre.

I was lucky enough to be asked by my contact at the Ladybug Foundation to shoot the event for them. While I was there to shoot Hannah Taylor, Ladybug’s founder, I ended up shooting the whole day and was able to get some unique images of an event that not a lot of people get to shoot.

Seeing an arena full of young kids cheering on former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev was very interesting to me as well. Here was a man who helped put an end to a very real threat of nuclear armageddon before the majority of the kids in attendance were even born, and they hung on his every word and showed nothing but the utmost respect.

It was interesting to me how into it these kids were. Topics ranged from anti-bullying to environmentalism, to clean water and nuclear disarmament. Not only were the kids cheering and clapping, but they had a genuine interest in what speakers had to say and knew of the speakers beforehand.

Marc and Craig Kielburger on stage.

Marc and Craig Kielburger (right) welcome 18,000 students to We Day on October 30, 2012.

Hannah Taylor addresses We Day.

Hannah Taylor speaks to 18,000 children at We Day on October 30, 2012. Taylor founded the Ladybug Foundation at age 8, a charity that has gone on to raise over $2 million for homeless assistance and awareness across Canada.

A young girl sits in the aisle atop the upper deck of the MTS Centre and cheers former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev during We Day, October 30, 2012.

A young girl sits in the aisle atop the upper deck of the MTS Centre and cheers former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev during We Day, October 30, 2012.

Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev (left) speaks to We Day co-founder Craig Kielsburger (right) through a translator. Gorbachev, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was in Winnipeg to speak to 18,000 school children on the importance of nuclear disarmament among other topics, October 30, 2012.

Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev (left) speaks to We Day co-founder Craig Kielsburger (right) through a translator. Gorbachev, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was in Winnipeg to speak to 18,000 school children on the importance of nuclear disarmament among other topics, October 30, 2012.

Singer Shawn Desman performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Singer Shawn Desman performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Singer Shawn Desman performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Singer Shawn Desman performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Spencer West addresses 18,000 school children as part of We Day in Winnipeg on October 30, 2012. West lost his legs at the age of 5 and was told by doctors he would never walk again. He has since gone on to become a motivational speaker and recently climbed Mount Kiliminjaro, the tallest peak in Africa.

Spencer West addresses 18,000 school children as part of We Day in Winnipeg on October 30, 2012. West lost his legs at the age of 5 and was told by doctors he would never walk again. He has since gone on to become a motivational speaker and recently climbed Mount Kiliminjaro, the tallest peak in Africa.

Singer Lights performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Singer Lights performs at We Day on October 30, 2012.

Molly Burke, a blind teenager, speaks out against bullying at We Day, Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

Molly Burke, a blind teenager, speaks out against bullying at We Day, Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

Students attend We Day Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

Students attend We Day Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

Craig and Marc Kielsburger close We Day Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

Craig and Marc Kielsburger close We Day Manitoba on October 30, 2012.

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