A Day of Action
Celebrating a Year of Volunteering
It isn’t every day that 12,000 young volunteers are able to gather together to celebrate their social action achievements. On 5 March 2015, Free The Children’s We Day – a celebration rooted in the belief that everybody has the power to change the world - returned to the UK for the second year, and that’s exactly what happened.
By partnering with Team London’s Young Ambassadors Programme we’ve helped support over 145,000 young people to be inspired to engage in social action in their school and local community, over 5,000 of whom were in attendance at We Day UK.
We caught up with one Unilever employee and volunteer, Ioanna Leoussi, who was lucky enough to have received an invite for the day to see what she made of it all.
"I was really looking forward to We Day as soon as I heard of the world renowned speakers that were going to be taking part. When the day itself came round, the words of Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor and activist, Martin Sheen, had a huge impact on me. He said “My fondest wish for each and every one of you is that you find something in your life worth fighting for” which I think hit everyone in the room. We’re often referred to as a lost generation but when you see 12,000 young people who are all making a difference, and fighting for what they believe in, you know that today’s young people really do care.
"I’ve always thought that helping those less fortunate than ourselves is one of the best reasons to get involved in volunteering. You also meet some remarkable people who are able to turn almost any challenge into an opportunity.
"From a personal point of view I’ve spent time volunteering in a few different places such as Gypsy communities in Greece helping to promote human rights; as well as a little closer to home by holding self-esteem workshops at a school near Unilever’s office. The speakers from the day really strengthened my belief in the importance of volunteering wherever you are.
"By the end of the day, I’d learnt so much. First of all, just keep volunteering because it challenges you to be a better human being. Secondly, the importance of teamwork. After all, as Holly Branson said “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together”."
Roll on We Day 2016!