Paying it forward in the city
Generosity will run like wildfire with Auckland’s inaugural Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Run by community development organisation Splice, the event aims to see kindness run rampant through the city.
Splice personnel will be encouraging kindness on Queen St and K Rd by handing out cards intended to be passed on with the accompaniment of a generous gesture this Thursday.
Splice team member Gareth Farry says the project intends to promote positivity and kindness in the central city.
‘‘We’re not asking for a lot, a smile is at the lower end and most people are able to do that,’’ Farry says.
‘‘A lot of people feel like there’s a sense in the city with what’s going on in the world that we do need to have positive actions that help to build this sense of community, and just bring us closer to each other, even though Auckland city has a lot of diverse people.’’
A number of inner city cafes will also be taking part in the day by giving out free coffees.
Revel cafe on K Rd is just one of a handful getting involved. They will be randomly selecting customers for a free beverage, manager Visha Kumar says.
‘‘We’re doing it because we have a lot of loyal customers that come in everyday so it will be nice to put a smile on their faces.’’
Splice is a partner organisation to Lifewise and works on what Farry calls ‘‘social infrastructure’’, with Random Acts of Kindness Day intending to be ongoing.
‘‘We’re looking at developing a database of people that want to give their services and time in the city, and then we’ll pair them with people that we are in contact with who need professional services … dog walking to babysitting, legal to insurance services.
‘‘Anything that can help bring us closer together and decrease the perceived distance between us, I think is good for everybody. So I think that’s been recognised.’’
A central theme of the day is the idea that kindness is contagious, he says.
‘‘Kindness is something that perhaps doesn’t take a lot of effort but we tend to walk past each other a bit too much without really acknowledging and it helps everybody have a better day.’’
Visit splice.org.nz/randomacts-of-kindness for more information.
Splice team members will be in the CBD on Thursday encouraging random acts of kindness.