Ran­dom acts of kind­ness on the way

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: LISA SLOAN

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.

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