What happens when kindness spreads like wildflowers?
Last Sunday, AIME's Deputy CEO, Ben Abbatangelo shared a story about his random act of generosity and set a challenge to see how far the waves of kindness could spread.
It turns out simple acts create big impact. Here's how a $50 note sparked a movement of kindness around the world.
Shyaka and his team visited the slums of Kampala in Uganda and surprised people with food and groceries.
"It was an amazing experience. You can’t imagine how much this meant for this lady! She broke into tears because of the of the happiness." Shyaka.
"I'm thankful for these amazing mentors who made it possible to see these two beautiful ladies smile. We gave them each groceries like soap, skin cream, detergent, cooking oil, rice, tomatoes and a number of other necessities. I am so thankful that I got to do this."
On the South Coast in NSW, Kylie went in for her daily coffee before work and placed some money and a letter with the barista that read:
AIME is a not-for-profit organisation that mentors Indigenous high school student keeping them engaged in school. AIME believes that kindness can change the world. They have put a challenge out to us all to show random acts of kindness.
This is my act of kindness.
While you enjoy your coffee please think of ways that you can show acts of kindness to others.
Amy and Bianca created care packages, each lovingly stocked with a Vegemite sandwich, juice, popcorn, a piece of fruit and a muesli bar. The girls handed them out to the community of Redfern, Sydney.
Flavio and the Boost Juice team at Edith Cowan University were giving out free Boost juices for AIME mentors in Perth.
Hollie and Lauren buzzed around Federation University with their specially made kindness tin.
Afterwards, Lauren stopped to get a coffee and a conversation was sparked about how reaching out to somebody can turn their day around because you don't know what kind of day they're having.
"The most honest and touching moments I've had in my life are those with people that I have only met in that fleeting moment. I will remember those moments forever. Do I remember the persons face or name? No! The moment stays with me instead." - Lauren Whelan.
Rhian Miller headed to a foster care agency who are currently taking on 90 kids each month. Rhian and her foster kids went shopping and bought bags of new clothes for Aboriginal kids entering the system.
"It was priceless to see the faces of all the DCP workers when we dropped them all off." Rhian.
Kindness starts with one. One hug, one smile, one compliment, one book, one flower, one favour, one story. One person.
How will you spread kindness this week?
One by one, we'll get it done.