I’m going to interrupt my traditional journey running a blog to let you already know a couple of day that could be very near my coronary heart…
September 1st is Random Acts of Kindness Day in New Zealand, and again in 2005, three buddies and myself obtained collectively and deliberate this nationwide RAK Day.
We puzzled if we may flip an thought right into a nationwide day that individuals up and down the nation would come to know, and extra importantly, take part.
18 years in the past the phrase “random acts of kindness” was just about reserved for American motion pictures and schools who would organise RAK Weeks. In New Zealand it was nearly remarkable. However we got down to change that.
We seemed on the nationwide calendar of particular days in New Zealand and selected September 1st for a few causes: We liked that it’s the first day of Spring, nevertheless it additionally fell between Daffodil Day and Father’s Day. (Sometimes it does really fall on Father’s Day, however we love that too!)
We emailed each faculty in New Zealand (over 2,600) and each politician to allow them to understand it was a day Kiwis had been celebrating, and my job was to get it within the media.
I’m delighted to say the concept was picked up by each newspaper, TV and plenty of radio stations across the nation and even Australia – who nonetheless do issues to do that to advertise Random Acts of Kindness Day in NZ.
After all, each day is a day to perform a little kindness for another person. However what if there was sooner or later in NZ when EVERYONE did one thing randomly variety? Wouldn’t that be one thing to stay up for, and paradoxically “plan” for?
RAK Day is designed to price little or no, if something in any respect, simply merely to encourage individuals to shock and delight a neighbour, colleague, classmate or full stranger and to make somebody’s day. To lift the kindness temperature in New Zealand. Some years we’ve seen large occasions and surprises.
In 2005, our launch yr, we gave away flights on Air Tahiti Nui to LA and a cruise from there to Mexico on Carnival Cruise Traces, to a girl simply sitting together with her buddies at a bar in Vulcan Lane. We had the TVOne Information cameras with us and it turned out that this girl was taking care of her mum by way of chemotherapy. They went on the cruise collectively and shortly after, her mom handed away. I’ll always remember how that felt. To have the ability to bless somebody who was already blessing one other particular person and had no expectation of a return.
All it takes is one motivated particular person to make a distinction of their faculty, their office and even their metropolis.
We’ve got so many nice RAK concepts on our web site www.rak.co.nz for faculties or households, or simply anybody to take a look at.
A few of my faves RAKs are to pay for a espresso upfront and let the barista give it away to somebody. (Generally I sit with my very own espresso and watch ;). Take baking to the workplace, drop a field of chocs or a bunch of flowers out of your backyard to a neighbour. Depart a candy word in a library e book whenever you return it. Have a pizza delivered for lunch to your native hearth station or faculty workers room. There are tons extra enjoyable concepts on our web site.
You can too obtain and print out our free “You’ve Been RAK’d” playing cards if you wish to add it to your present and depart it anonymously.
Through the years I’ve had media in New Zealand and Australia ask what I consider companies utilizing the phrase and operating their very own advertising campaigns. I find it irresistible. It was particularly wonderful when Air New Zealand created a video and obtained Julian Dennison to advertise kindness in NZ!
If “Random Acts of Kindness” turns into a part of our on a regular basis vernacular, then our objective in serving to to boost the kindness temperature in New Zealand shall be realised.
So this September 1st, I’d find it irresistible should you would do one thing randomly variety for a stranger, pal or member of the family, and let’s see New Zealand on the world stage because the kindest nation on earth!
Thanks for being a part of it!