We Day event takes over Canadian Tire Centre

It's a day of optimism and action for thousands of eager students in the Capital.

National We Day starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre and some 12,000 students and staff have been invited to take part. Attendees can't actually purchase a ticket to the event; they get invited (for free) based on volunteer work.

Guest speakers and musical performers hope to inspire youth to become more involved in their communities and to volunteer for causes they believe in. The all-day event also looks to promote a "me to we" mentality.

This year's guests include Ottawa Senators' players Chris Neil, Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips. It also features Martin Luther King III and the organizers, Craig and Marc Kielburger. The Kielburger brothers founded Free the Children, the parent organization to We Day.

The first We Day in the Capital region was last year and more than 4,000 people attended.

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