Random acts of kindness on the way
If you find a cake on your doorstep, a petrol voucher on the windscreen of your car or a greeting card on your desk next week, children from Gladstone School may be responsible.
They will be surprising their loved ones with gifts and helpful gestures in honour of Random Act of Kindness Day this Monday.
Throughout the day people around the country are encouraged to do something nice for someone in the community, from family and friends to a total stranger.
It can be as small as sending a kind email or baking a cake or as large as putting on a free event for the community.
Children from Gladstone School have a number of random acts of kindness planned for the day, from cooking a special breakfast or baking a cake to donating clothes and food to charity.
Pupil Harry Merz says the day is a rare chance to do something nice for someone.
“It’s a day that doesn’t happen very often,” he says.
“We will feel good knowing we have done something good for someone without getting anything in return.”
Random Act of Kindness Day has been running for three years.
It was started by businessmen Josh De Jong and Mar- shall Gray, who wanted to see people around the country doing something nice for each other.
Past random acts of kindness have included people mowing a neighbour’s lawn, giving flowers or a gift hamper, washing cars, paying for someone’s coffee or petrol or sending a kind email.
Gladstone pupil Edwin Stanton says the day encourages people to think about being nice to one another.
“Hopefully when we do something nice for someone, they will then go and do something nice for someone else and it will have a domino effect,” he says.
For more information and ideas visit www.rak.co.nz.
Being nice: House captains from Gladstone School will be surprising their classmates, teachers and family with kind gestures in honour of Random Act of Kindness Day this Monday.