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Kitchener (November 4, 2011) –The message of the day is simple; do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return except that they do something nice for someone else.
Since 2008, Random Act of Kindness Day® has brought our community closer together by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity.
On this special day our residents, schools, community groups, service clubs, businesses, healthcare institutions, and churches have joined hearts and hands – helping to build a stronger, more compassionate community.
“We all get caught up in our own busy lives – this day is about slowing down for a bit and thinking about others, “sharesRosemary Smith, CEO of The KWCF, the home of Random Act of Kindness Day®. “Today is about the small things – raking your neighbour’s leaves, telling someone you appreciate them, holding a door – the small acts of kindness that bring us closer together as a community.”
There are 150,000 Random Act of Kindness Day® circulating around K-W and the townships of Woolwich, Wilmot, and Wellesley. The cards encourage the holder to ‘pay forward’ an act of kindness to someone – a friend, colleague, neighbour, or even a stranger.
This morning 200+ supporters got up bright and early to attend an official Random Act of Kindness Day® Kick Off event in the food court at Conestoga Mall. People from all walks of life joined in the festivities and almost 90 teams of volunteers left the event full of vim and vigour to spread the gift of kindness. Some performed their own individual acts of kindness and others handed out Random Act of Kindness Day® cards along with copies of the Waterloo Region Record compliments of The KWCF.
And it doesn’t stop there. In addition to K-W and area, Random Act of Kindness Day® is also being celebrated today in over 25 Canadian communities including Cambridge, Ayr, Guelph, Windsor, Essex, Brantford, Oakville, Listowel, Collingwood, Brockville, Niagara, St. Catherines, Grimsby, Milton, Kenora, Woodstock, the Yonge-Lawrence Village in Toronto, and Banff Alberta – lead by community foundations and/or community organizations in those cities.
And while having Random Act of Kindness Day® spread across the country is a dream starting to be realized by The KWCF, The Foundation is quick to remember that it all began here in K-W with a vision from one of The Foundation’s volunteers.
“It is absolutely amazing to see how quickly Random Act of Kindness Day® has extended beyond the borders of K-W,” shares Debb Ritchie, Chair of the Friends of the Foundation Committee – the group that helps The KWCF spearhead Random Act of Kindness Day® in K-W and area.
Debb is also The KWCF volunteer who came up with the idea of Random Act of Kindness Day® and worked with The Foundation to make it happen.
Adds Smith: “We are blessed to live in such a remarkable community where so much caring and generosity happens every day. Our hope is that people will take a moment today and find an opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else. We can’t wait to see what kindness flows out of our community again this year!”
What did you do to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day®? We want to hear your stories – visit www.kwcf.ca and click on Random Act of Kindness Day®.
Join in on the fun when tweeting about Random Act of Kindness Day® with the hashtag #rakday or visit them on Facebook atfacebook.com/rakday.
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area, now and for generations to come, by building and investing community assets, and providing leadership on key community issues.