For some, kind acts are part of their daily interactions. But there are enough of us out there who are too busy to notice when an opportunity to be kind arises.
For some, kind acts are part of their daily interactions. But there are enough of us out there who are too busy to notice when an opportunity to be kind arises. Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day is a reminder for us to take the time to be nice to others, because it's the right thing to do.
Volunteerism and charitable giving are rooted deeply in kindness. A community that comes together to celebrate kindness and generosity is a community more apt to volunteer and make charitable contributions. With volunteerism and giving on the decline, it is time to reconnect to our traditional roots of kindness and caring.
RAK Day was celebrated for the third time around our community on November 12th, 2010. Following an amazing kick-off event at Kitchener City Hall, a team of over 200 enthusiastic volunteers hit the streets with free newspapers and RAK Day cards to distribute.
Many exciting things happened this past RAK Day. Stories poured in from all around the community as acts of kindness were shared and paid forward all day long. It was even one of the most tweeted about items in Canada on the social media platform Twitter.
This special day has also continued to spread! We're pleased to share that other communities joined The KWCF and took part in RAK day as well. Community Foundations from Cambridge & North Dumfries and Orillia that participated last year were joined by the WindsorEssex, Guelph, Brant and Niagara Community Foundations. In addition, Business Improvement Areas in Milton and Yonge Lawrence Village also helped to promote kindness across Ontario. We're hoping that even more communities join us in 2011.
Thanks to everyone - sponsors, volunteers, community groups, businesses, and individuals for your support.