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WE Day 2014: Dizzee Rascal Added To Star Performers At Wembley

26/02/2014 17:40 GMT | Updated 26/02/2014 17:59 GMT

Dizzee Rascal and Jennifer Hudson have been added to the star-studded list of performers at the UK's first ever WE Day.

The pair will join singer Ellie Goulding, actor Clive Owen, Holy Branson and former US vice president at the event at Wembley Arena on 7 March, organised by international charity Free The Children.

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WE Day is coming to the UK for the first time

Also confirmed to appear on stage are teenage education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Paralympian Martine Wright and Sir Richard Branson whose daughter Holly will host the event with Lord Rumi Verjee.

'I'm so excited to be part of the first ever WE Day in the UK,' said award-winning actress and musician Hudson.

'I'm really proud to be part of an event that encourages people around the world to work together and to take action on social issues and promote positive change.'

Around 12,000 students, teachers and supporters from more than 400 schools from the UK are expected to fill the arena for a day of live performances, speeches and inspirational moments that are aimed at inspiring students in forging positive social change.

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Craig and Marc Kielburger founded Free The Children in 1995

Students can't buy a ticket for the Wembley bonanza, they must earn it through making a commitment to undertake at least one local and one global charitable act of their choice as part of the year-long We Act programme.

Craig Kielburger, who co-founded Free The Children with his brother Marc in 1995 when he was just 12, said: 'When I was young and wanted to make a difference in the world, there wasn't much out there to support my dreams. I was told I was too young to make a difference.

'That's what We Day provides young people today - a platform to learn about local and global issues, take action and celebrate the meaningful contribution they're making to better our world.

'We are absolutely thrilled to bring We Day to the UK for the first time and hope with the help of students across the country we can continue to make positive change locally in the UK and globally."

The event will be streamed live on AOL UK's Homepage.

Free The Children is AOL UK's charity of choice for 2014. AOL UK is the charity's digital media partner for We Day, which boasts Virgin Atlantic and Barclays as its lead sponsors.