Campaign fo­cus on kind­ness

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The two Pil­bara branches of Act-Be­long-Com­mit are on a bid to blitz the post-hol­i­day blues with a pos­i­tive men­tal health campaign through­out this month.

Act-Be­long-Com­mit’s Feel Good Feb en­cour­ages peo­ple to do ran­dom acts of kind­ness around their com­mu­nity and share a photo or de­scrip­tion of it on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lo­cal Face­book pages to spread the pos­i­tive mes­sage.

Campaign founder Linda Pang said ran­dom acts of kind­ness ben­e­fited givers and re­cip­i­ents.

“There has been re­search to prove that acts of kind­ness spread in a cas­cad­ing ef­fect through­out so­cial net­works — kind­ness breeds kind­ness — and that gen­eros­ity and acts of al­tru­ism are great for your own men­tal health as well as oth­ers,” she said.

Act-Be­long-Com­mit Pil­bara health pro­mo­tion co-or­di­na­tor Gemma Brooks said Feel Good Feb was about pro­mot­ing the sim­ple but sig­nif­i­cant ways peo­ple could make a big dif­fer­ence.

“Of­fer­ing to re­turn some­one’s trol­ley to the trol­ley bay, vol­un­teer­ing your time to a not-for­profit or char­ity, giv­ing some­one an hon­est com­pli­ment or smil­ing at a stranger are all com­pletely free and have the po­ten­tial to com­pletely brighten some­one’s day,” she said.

A re­cent kind act that gained at­ten­tion on Kar­ratha so­cial me­dia last month hap­pened at Kar­ratha florist RedEarth Flow­ers, when a woman called to anony­mously or­der a bou­quet of flow­ers for the next per­son who walked into the store with the card mes­sage read­ing, “a ran­dom act of kind­ness”.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved in Feel Good Feb, go to the Kar­ratha or Onslow Ac­tBe­long-Com­mit Face­book pages.

Pic­ture: Gemma Brooks

Act-Be­long-Com­mit Kar­ratha staff Erin McKay, Tina Chen­ery, Jes­sica Smith and Ellee Rodda are aim­ing to boost acts of kind­ness around town this Fe­bru­ary.

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