Stu­dents rock kind­ness

Spread­ing hap­pi­ness in com­mu­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

A UNIQUE idea for spread­ing kind­ness and in­spi­ra­tion among the com­mu­nity is spread­ing across the globe af­ter start­ing in the United States.

Res­i­dents of the North Bur­nett have been tak­ing part since last year, drop­ping rocks in the im­me­di­ate lo­cal towns and as far afield as Glad­stone, Bund­aberg, Gympie and Bris­bane.

Unit­ing Care vol­un­teer Rachel Koster ran the work­shops and got to see stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project.

“The idea be­hind the con­cept is to find a stone, write an uplift­ing mes­sage on it and leave it some­where to be found,” Ms Koster said.

“You never know when a per­son will find a mes­sage that makes a dif­fer­ence to them at ex­actly the right time.”

Eidsvold res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in their sec­ond Kind­ness Rock Gar­den ear­lier this month at the Eidsvold Li­brary as part of the Kind­ness Crafts work­shops pro­vided by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

Ten stu­dents from Binjour State School, along with stu­dents from Coal­stoun Lakes State School, also made their first batch of Kind­ness Rocks, pro­vided by Life­line UCC.

“The stu­dents re­ally en­joyed it. It was a fun ac­tiv­ity for them and it was

❝ You never know when a per­son will find a mes­sage that makes a dif­fer­ence to them at ex­actly the right time. — Rachel Koster

hard for them to leave any of them be­hind,” Ms Koster said.

“The good thing is it doesn’t cost any money.

“It’s a good, cheap way to spread kind­ness and any­one can do it.”

If any­one finds a Kind­ness Rock, they are en­cour­aged to post it on the Kind­ness Rocks Project Face­book page.

“They are hap­pen­ing all over and there’s a map on their web­site of other peo­ple who have been in­volved,” Ms Koster said.

The an­nual In­ter­na­tional Drop A Rock Day was on July 3 – “but any time is a good time,” Ms Koster said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UPLIFT­ING: Kind­ness Rocks aim to spread hap­pi­ness and in­spi­ra­tion among the com­mu­nity.

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