The Stephen Lawrence Committee go to WE Day
Our Stephen Lawrence students attended the WE DAY celebrations in London on 22nd March 2017. We turned the trip into a residential and stayed overnight in the Wembley International Hotel.
We settled into our rooms and then set off to the centre of London on the underground. This took us to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. The students then got to experience a river cruise where they sailed past historical landmarks of the capital.
We then headed to Gourmet Burger for dinner and had a feast! The next morning, we headed to the Wembley Arena and enjoyed a packed day of guest speakers, which was a powerful awareness raiser; stars such as Kate Winslet and Jessie J, Spencer West who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with no legs and The Vamps and Conor Maynard made the crowd go wild! The students were all fantastic and a credit to the academy.
WE DAY is the manifestation of the WE Movement. It fills stadiums around the globe. It’s live-streamed and broadcast worldwide. It brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with millions of young people and families to celebrate and inspire another year of incredible change. The tickets cannot be bought, they have to be earned through charitable acts and raising awareness on local, national and global issues. So far this year the Stephen Lawrence group have raised money for local and global charities and they are currently encouraging students and staff to donate goods for the local food bank.
At the end of May, they are organising a ‘Water Walk’ at Temple Newsam to raise awareness around the lack of access to people around the world. Clean water isn’t a luxury, it’s a basic human right. But millions of people around the world don’t live near a reliable, clean water source, or have access to sanitary washing facilities, leaving them at risk of illness and deadly disease. Improving access to clean water is one of the quickest and most crucial ways to lift a community out of poverty. It reduces illness, allows girls to go to school (girls are generally tasked with retrieving the family’s water) and leads to better agriculture and access to food.
The Stephen Lawrence group are committed to making changes that can improve the world they live in