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?
For the month of July, Air coffee at Castle Hill will be giving free coffee to these amazing volunteers: “we want to say thanks to all the awesome Salvation Army & Red Cross volunteers out there who give so much and expect nothing in return.” So if you live in Castle Hill area, pop down to Air Coffee and let them know that National Others Week sent you along.
We at NOW are appreciative to people in our community that serve others and we love to hear your stories. Naomi Shooter is currently working with a great team at the Havenproject. If people are interested in donating to any of the many projects with Haven, Naomi has started a fundraising project for families living on the rubbish dump at a border town in Thialand. Theres a link on the haven website for it too. There are 400 people living there with no sanitation or running water so the team has lots to do! If you would like to show your support Naomi, check out http://www.thehavenproject.net. #Kindnesshero! #Opportunitytobekind
Plenty of opportunities here to make a difference in the lives of others in Thialand with the Haven Project
This video is about a lady who wanted to keep her promise to a friend to help.
I love how she says, I’m on the earth, I’m here, if I can contribute, I should. Shouldn’t we all and not just think of ourselves.
It was interesting to me that I found myself challenging the concept that was discussed how countries see themselves as individuals :
“COUNTRIES STILL BEHAVE AS IF THEY WEREN’T CONNECTED; THEY STILL MEASURE THEIR PERFORMANCE ENTIRELY INWARDS.”
Are we starting to look at this issue on a more global viewpoint now. What do you think?
“Every little act of kindness has an incredible ripple effect – you will have no idea what the ultimate impact of just one little act of reaching out and touching someone in need might have.” Ps Peter Pilt
Great story shared by Yale Morgan from Global Care Bundaberg expressing how much the things we think are “little” have such a HUGE impact into peoples lives.
“My little guy had an overnight and unexpected (as most are) stay in the paediatric ward of the Bundaberg Hospital. I was at home with my other son and my husband was supporting my ill child in hospital. I had to work the following day so my husband also had to look after our well son in the ward during the day. We were completely unprepared for having both my husband and other son stay along side our unwell boy. My husband hadn’t eaten anything from the time they originally went to the doctors to the time he popped home for clothes about 11pm, a quick feed, then back. When I dropped off our little guy to join his father the next…
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The Now team are pretty excited as our first media release is sent out nationally across Australia.
MEDIA STATEMENT JUNE 24, 2014
NATIONAL OTHERS WEEK 2014
TO BE ‘THE BIGGEST EVER’ …
In just two years, National Others Week (NOW) has grown into an amazing event that has galvanized community groups, companies, churches and individuals across Australia to reach out and put others first for just one week of the year.
This year, NOW – because life is a team sport – will be held in the first week of November, and organizer Global Care is seeking help from potential sponsors and also encouraging people to start thinking of exciting and creative NOW activities.
Global Care National Director Peter Pilt said he expected this year’s NOW to be the biggest ever.
He said: “NOW has now become a real institution right across the country, touching that deep part of all Australians that values mateship and helping others, especially those who just seem to ‘fall through the cracks’.
“Australians have proven over the years that they are prepared to sacrifice to help others, as we have seen in wars, national disasters such as floods and bushfires, and – perhaps just as importantly – in the day to day business of just living life.
“Global Care’s motto is ‘Mates Helping Mates’, and NOW each year is a great opportunity for us to honour and acknowledge those who volunteer and serve the community, to give a helping hand to a friend in need, or just simply surprise someone with a random act of kindness.
“During NOW this year, I want to encourage all Australians to get involved – it will do as much for you as the person you help. Einstein said a life lived for others was truly a life worth living.
“We all get so caught up in the daily push and pull of life, and it is just too easy to forget about the things that really matter – being kind, being generous, just reaching out with an act of love and kindness.
“Every little act of kindness has an incredible ripple effect – you will have no idea what the ultimate impact of just one little act of reaching out and touching someone in need might have.
“For just one week we can all exchange greed and self for generosity and compassion – because at the end of the day, we are all in this adventure we call life together.
“Let’s all be a mate to someone, and get on board for this year’s third annual National Others Week.”
Global Care has drawn up a sponsorship program, and is looking for companies, organizations and individuals who will take up the challenge to make a meaningful contribution to NOW 2014.
National Others Week Coordinator Leeanne Hurren said she was seeking major sponsors to provide gifts of $10,000 and $5,000, and also gifts in kind.
She said: “We hope that we can attracts major sponsors, but of course gifts of any size are more than welcome in both cash and kind.
“Major sponsors will receive brand recognition across a wide range of publications such as posters and flyers, and also on websites, social media, blogs and mass media releases.
“Gifts in kind we are seeking include printing, media, web design, distribution and gift vouchers.
“Global Care – honoured publicly by a former Governor-General and four State Premiers – exists to reach out to others whether the need be large or small.
“Help us to help others – and be a mate helping a mate in the first week of November this year.”
For further information: Leeanne Hurren email email@example.com
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