Pay­ing it for­ward in the city

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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