The kind­ness of strangers

Ran­dom acts bring­ing cheer on the North Shore

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When Naomi Lam­bert learned the dev­as­tat­ing news that she wasn’t able to ever have chil­dren, she had a choice.

Go down the rab­bit hole of self-pity and sad­ness, or look at the ex­pe­ri­ence as an op­por­tu­nity to spread kind­ness in the wor world. She chose the lat­ter - and so the global kind­ness move­ment The Co Cool To Be Kind Project found its win wings. With no ex­pec­ta­tion of a res re­sponse, Naomi de­signed and hi hid ‘kind­ness cards’ in ran­dom pl places that en­cour­aged peo­ple to un­der­take a ran­dom act o of kind­ness in the lead-up to C Christ­mas last year. Af­ter hid­ing 50 cards, she was a amazed to get 32 re­sponses. “The r re­sponses that flooded in were a as­ton­ish­ing,” says the 33 year-old. “One man who found one of the cards de­cided to take the home­less man he al­ways greeted, to lunch at a five-star restau­rant. “A shop owner who found an­other of the kind­ness cards helped a cus­tomer plant a rose in mem­ory of his late wife, while a lady, dy­ing from can­cer be­lieved she needed per­spec­tive and vol­un­teered at a home­less shel­ter. “The Cool To Be Kind Project gives peo­ple a plat­form to be con­scious of their ac­tions and aware of the feel­ings of oth­ers. Kind­ness is free but not given freely and I’m de­ter­mined to change that,” ex­plained Naomi.

Her aim is to show peo­ple that we all have the op­por­tu­nity to build our best lives: to pay for some­one else’s cof­fee, to say hello to some­one rather than just smil­ing and to let some­one with less shop­ping than you pay first.

Since it started Naomi’s friends have left around 20 cards across Hornsby Ku-ring-gai - in su­per­mar­ket mag­a­zines, at petrol bowsers, in bus shel­ters, pub­lic toi­lets, Uber seat pock­ets and in cars with open win­dows.

“It re­ally can be wher­ever some­one thinks a bit of kind­ness is needed and it’s in­ter­est­ing when a re­sponse in­di­cates where some­one found a card, like the seat num­ber on a flight where I’d left one in the mag­a­zine when fly­ing to Ade­laide.”

The kind­ness move­ment is now also mak­ing a dif­fer­ence glob­ally - cards are be­ing hid­den around Aus­tralia and the UK, even join­ing forces with the Pos­i­tive Peo­ple Army in Canada. “In the lives of so many, it’s sim­ply a good news story amongst all the dark­ness of to­day.”

cards one of her kind­ness Naomi Lam­bert and na­tion­wide move­ment that has sparked a

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