I have just launched a new initiative and website that I am so excited about and I am so excited to share it with you!My new initiative is called Kindraising! You might be wondering what Kindraising means. The idea for this came about in June when I participated in Just Give – a weeklong campaign of the Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation to get people motivated to give. It was not about giving money – it was about giving kindness. The day that I joined Pinball and his team we were part of a flash mob of kindness at Union Station in Toronto, holding doors open and giving high-fives to commuters on a Monday morning. The idea was that if someone’s day started with receiving a random act of kindness, they would pay it forward throughout the day. A small action that made one person’s day, would go on to make someone else’s day too.
I believe that we all have something to give and that creating change, isn’t always about fundraising and that giving a little kindness goes a long way. We need to raise more kindness, compassion and empathy to replace hate, indifference and apathy. That is KINDRAISING.
Kindraising is all about acts of kindness – random, planned or organized. Kindraising is not about me – it’s about everyone – because that is what it’s going to take to create the culture shift that we need. I created the site to share the stories, experiences and ideas of people that have given, received or witnessed kindness – the actions that have changed someone’s mood, day or circumstance.
I have travelled across North America and met people of all ages who are dedicated to taking action to make a difference in their community:
Students collecting food for their local food banks, young girls donating their hair to make wigs for children going through chemotherapy, groups of women who get together to knit scarves for the homeless, families who spend time cooking and serving food at soup-kitchens and I know of a 70 year old man who has volunteered more than 1000 hours at a nursing home. These are just some of the people and actions that inspire me. You are never too young or too old to give and we should all give what we can, when we can and how we can.
There are thousands of us out there Kindraising every day. The site will collect those stories, actions and inspiration. I hope that you’ll share a story of kindness in action – it can be something that you’ve done, something that someone has done for you or it could be an opportunity for you to shine a light on someone you know that is a Kindraiser.
Let’s do this – together.
I want to give a HUGE thank you to Christella for designing my new logo for my blog and for creating the logos and badges for Kindraising.
I also want to thank Jenn for designing my new look and theme for my blog and for creating a whole new site for Kindraising. I am SO excited to launch this thing.