Since 2008, Random Act of Kindness Day has brought together Canadian communities by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity.
The message is simple; do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else. “Part of the beauty of the initiative is that it doesn’t have to cost a cent,” shares Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Executive Director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation (SPCF). “Holding a door open, words of thanks and encouragement, telling someone they’ve done a good job – these are the kinds of acts that citizens ‘pay forward’ on this special day.”
Random Act of Kindness Day has grown to become a branded kindness initiative celebrated across the country – led by community foundations and community organizations. Today (Nov. 4) the SPCF will be working with other local groups and individuals to help create a more empathetic and connected community.
The event kicks off locally at the RBC Branch at 133 Queen Street East beginning at 9:30 am and running until 10:30 am. Mayor Al Strathdee will be in attendance to ring in the event.
All citizens are invited to take part. Watch for Random Act of Kindness Day posters around town and “pay it forward” with Random Act of Kindness Day cards available at the following distribution points: Stratford Perth Community Foundation, RBC Royal Bank branches in Stratford and St. Marys, Libro Credit Union in Stratford, all Perth County, St. Marys and Stratford Public Libraries, Nick & Dan’s Collision, Trillium Mutual Insurance and the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.
The SPCF has set up a special page on their website to track acts of kindness – visit SPCCF.ca and click on Random Act of Kindness Day to share what you are doing to spread kindness on Nov. 4. Individuals, businesses, service clubs, schools are all encouraged to participate and share their acts, photos or video online with SPCF’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using the hashtag #rakdaystratperth.