Bring kindness into your workplace

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Spending time at Heartlands Church in Casino last Sunday morning and having the pleasure of sharing ideas with the crew from the local Global Care team was a delight. Last year the team for National Others Week held a BBQ in the local school to celebrate the children and to encourage them to be kind to others. Joan McKee shared some her successes at her workplace last year and felt inspired to encourage other people to bring kindness into their own workplaces.  Joan penned some thoughts to share with you:

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IN YOUR WORK PLACE FOR N. O. W. THIS YEAR?
I work at Summerland Christian College in Lismore, NSW and I thought I could do something! I spoke to the Principal and staff and they all said… “Go for it” So for that whole week, the College celebrated NOW! With the Primary students creating posters… With every one receiving a.. Certificate of Participation! High School students started each day with a card on which to write their goals for the day. Then on the Friday… Primary students brought in yummy goodies for a cake stall and the High Schoolers operated a BBQ, Sausage Sizzle. From this day we raised $1,290:80 and this money was sent to Global Care in Penrith to help the Bushfire Victims!! We even made it into our local paper… So looking forward to what we are going to do this year…. As the College has that week already marked off on the calendar for this year!!!

 

The wonderful highlight for me from this experience is that Joan has also multiplied out her efforts for this year, inviting other churches and businesses to become involved because at the end of the day, it was FUN.  People had a blast and felt great as they were doing something that is worthwhile. Everybody wins.

How will you bring kindness to your workplace? 

 

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Keep an eye out for our newest members of the Global team. Welcome to South America, Kibera Africa, As well as the Solomon Islands and PNG for the South Pacific Islands.

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which includes acts of kindness across the globe.

KOKODA TREK TO HELP STRUGGLING FARMERS – Press Release

An opportunity to be kind and have a lot of fun in the process. Organise a group of friends and hit the Kokoda Trek. #NOW Ideas to be kind!

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A group of intrepid trekkers will walk the iconic Kokoda Trail between August 29 and September 6 this year to raise funds for drought-stricken Australian farmers.

Organized by Rainforest Tours Australia’s Kaylene Whitley, the walkers hope to raise funds for Global Care Disaster Relief to provide desperately needed hay for struggling farmers.

The historic relief project is being coordinated by Global Care’s Mackay’s Brett Gibson, who is also a pastor in Mackay’s City Impact Church.

Brett said: “Global Care Mackay has been helping the poor and needy in several overseas countries such as Africa and Vanuatu for many years, but we felt it was time to do something for one of the most needy groups in our own country – the farmers.

“I heard a story on local radio about a drought-stricken farmer who had arranged to send 400 head of cattle to market, but was refused transport because the…

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Six Spicy Spoons : Sheila Rebera

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When you order Sri Lankan food from this lady, you should be given a warning.  Highly Addictive!  One is simply not enough.

Sheila is based in Blacktown, NSW and has joined our network of Sponsors and Partners.

Available for catering tasty Sri Lankan menu, and party plan bookings welcome.  Sheila has offered to Donate a portion of her sales to National Others Week to assist in providing acts of Kindness to the community.

Sheila’s Contact details: Six Spicy Spoons @ Facebook 

Kindness ripple!

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Kindness ripple!

Was talking to our Chief Photographer at NOW this morning and he shared about a series of events that started with an opportunity to be kind to an unknown customer of a friend, by offering to cut the legs off a chair for a project. He continued to reveal the sequence of events that led to him selling an artwork that he was working on…

In reflection of this story, how often do I hear of someone being kind, who then in return, through a sequence of events that person becomes the person who is actually blessed beyond what they could possibly thought of for themselves. Now Im not saying “go and be kind so you will get back in return” not at all, but I am sure that I am not the only one who sees the bigger picture.

What a joy to be caught up in a sequence of events that involves kindness to others. How can you start the ripple effect today?

Photo was clipped from an advertisement from Toowoomba on Facebook.. I have included the add in the post if you would like to check out their artwork. I love the opportunity to promote recycled goods. Congrats ‘Toowoomba: Lets keep it local.’

Lets not restrict kindness to our local area though.actually, let’s shout about kindness across the world!!!!!!

Kindness in Action

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Sarah and Keonie pooch sitting for a customer at Bunnings.  Kindness in Action

Sarah and Keonie pooch sitting for a customer at Bunnings. Kindness in Action

There is kindness happening all around us.  I was speaking to a great guy today from our NOW team, Patrick, and we were chatting about how kindness doesn’t have to cost anything… perhaps a little bit of energy.

A smile, a hug, an encouraging word or action, yet the energy spent can cause a ripple effect in the world around us.  You don’t know how much your smile will mean to the person you are walking past.   Have a go.  Practice being kind today.

Check out the Pinterest map of kindness:

What are people doing?

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I have been getting great emails explaining what people are doing to be kind in their neighbourhoods. This post will enable to start to document some of those things.

I find that some people find it really hard to tell what they are up to, they feel that it should be kept a private experience.  In many ways I agree, there is a special joy that comes with keeping that to yourself. So why am I posting these,  to help others, to inspire others to be kind.  To give examples… and I am sure that just reading them you will think… yes I could easily do that.  I am a kind person!

  • Been helping a lady…she used to volunteer in our Foodcare operation when I running it. She’s just had 3 surgeries for melanoma and then the real estate told her she had 2 weeks to move for the shed she runs her op shop from. It was set up to give intellectually challenged kids a retail work experience opportunity. I’ve been helping her shut it down, distribute the contents of the shop to other charities.
  • Offered transport to old couple who car was being service @ my mechanic. Long walk to the bank to get cash so they could have lunch whilst waiting for their car to be finished. Took the lady to the bank and back to the mechanic.
  • Offered transport to fellow worker at Bunnings whose lift had let him down
  • Connected young Mum and teen to a church youth group. Helped same Mum thru Bunnings application process.
  • Gave a few lifts to people standing @ bus stops in the wind and rain
  • Driving a guy to his appointment 100kms away.
  • Buying morning tea for 3’workmates
  • Gave away a heap of strawberry plants to a young couple who are starting a garden
  • Encouraged a young girl…her first day on the job at Maccas.
  •  Been helping a lady…she used to volunteer in our Foodcare operation when I running it. She’s just had 3 surgeries for melanoma and then the real estate told her she had 2 weeks to move for the shed she runs her op shop from. It was set up to give intellectually challenged kids a retail work experience opportunity. I’ve been helping her shut it down, distribute the contents of the shop to other charities.

Thats a start, I will continue to pass on the kindness, as it is a great thing to do.  I should also share one more important act of kindness that this person shared:

 

Today..I did nothing. Sorry. Had a me day.

This one is an act of kindness to ourselves.  We need these me days.   Have a great day.

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