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Be the Change

Tuesday, October 9, 2012



On  October 2nd, it was  Gandhi Jayanti's birthday.   The day marks the 145th anniversary of the birth of one of India's and the world's most revered peacemakers, one who inspired Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and so many others.  In a  tribute to Gandhi and his mantra

of "Be the Change You want to be in the world"  <http://mcyogi.com> M.C. Yogi, a well know rapper in the music and yoga world made a new video  that uses poetry and rhythm in honour of this great man.  You can go to you tube

and seek MC Yogi -  Be the Change to watch this 5 minute music video.  MC Yogi is a world famous musician, yoga teacher and art maker. He is was one of those kids who struggled in school and took a round about way of becoming

a musician who is inspired by Gandhi and who uses rap and hip hop to spread a message of  love and hope. His story is very inspiring, just like Gandhi's.  My daughter and her friends have been listening to "Be the Change" by MC Yogi for a couple of years.  They love the beat and get the message.  And it fits in perfectly with some of the projects they are involved in at JDH Elementary School.  Madeline, and some other very lucky

kids woke at 5:00 am on Friday Sept 28 and met their two teachers and bus driver (under the almost full, bright moon) to head to Toronto for the 6th annual We Day.  We Day is an " educational event and the movement of our time-a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is

tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day's inspiration into sustained activation.  We Act is the blueprint for young people to take action as agents of social change."  We Day (www.weday.com) is organized by Marc and

Craig Kielburger who enlist the support of many inspirational speakers, leaders and  entertainers to make the day inspiring and interactive for the 20,000 school students and teachers who attend.   The day is held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and events are also held in other Canadian cities

such as Vancouver, Montreal, Waterloo, Halifax and several other Canadian cities. Speakers over the past  6 years have included people such as The Dalai Lama, Spencer West, Al Gore, Martin Sheen, Justin Trudeau, Dr Jane Goodall, Mike "Pinball" Clemens etc.  My 11 year old daughter applied to

attend this event this year (each school only gets so many seats) and was accepted.  I'm sure it was one of those events that will have a big impact on her life and her view of giving and helping people in the local and international community.    20,000 people in the ACC, and millions around the world watched the We Day event  live and on line through Much Music.  It

is the biggest youth oriented event of it's time.  Marc and Craig always thank their teachers who were the ones who listened and encouraged and supported them to start their work with Free the Children which then lead to the creation of  many other projects including  We Day.   Their teachers encouraged and believed in them from the very beginning.  I am so thankful to the teachers from our school who crawled out of their beds on that early

morning and rode the yellow school bus to Toronto with our kids.  They are supporting our kids to "be the change".  Thank you.


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