The Biggest Ever

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 leeanne@globalcare.com.au

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The magic of kindness: Orly Wahba at TED2013

How can we support each other to be kind? Making the world a happier place through kindness.

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Orly Wahba is here to talk to us about the magic of kindness. As a middle-school teacher, she wanted to make a difference in the life of her students, so she designed “Act of Kindness” cards. These super-simple cards contained directions such as “open the door for someone” or “invite someone to have lunch with you,” along with an instruction to pass on the card once you were done. She wanted her kids to see the ripple effect of kindness.

One day, some construction workers were outside her house. It was hot out, so she brought them drinks — and kindness cards. One of them got a card with the instruction “call your mother and father and tell them how much you love them.” He hadn’t seen his parents in 10 years; he approached her, incredulous. He just needed the prompt.

Wahba shows us a film…

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To Russia With Love

In this day of receiving so many scam letters and marketing in your emails it is easy to become quite hardened and brutal when deleting the unnecessary junk from my morning emails.  This letter got my attention though.  

Hello!

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I enjoy collecting souvenirs from various corners of the wide world and this has turned into a hobby. I was hoping that you would be kind and send me a little something. I have received gifts from all over the world, including handles, badges, charms, coins, souvenirs with symbols of cities and countries. It makes me very happy. I would be very pleased if you would take the time to send me a small souvenir from a remarkable placeand. Excuse me if for some reason you get my letter again.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email, I would be very grateful if you would be able to help me.

Kind regards
Dmitriy.

My address
Golovin Dmitriy
455000,
Russia,
Magnitogorsk,
str. Uralskay 8/1-19

So here is an opportunity to be kind to a stranger.  Dmitriy is not asking for cash, but of souvenirs from unusual places from all over the world.  I am not sure what I will send to this person but I thought I would also give others the opportunity to be kind to a stranger.Image

 

This is a picture of a person from Russia… not necessarily the person who sent the message… I wonder. 

 

Our Global team is growing

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.

Keep an eye out for acts of kindness on our Pinterest Map, image

which includes acts of kindness across the globe.

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We are always encouraged to see other posts on kindness. We hope you enjoy this posting:

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Own Your Essential Life

Kindness?  What does kindness have to do with wellness? Lots more than we know!

It’s often been said that it’s better to give than to receive, but did you know that this Bible truth is actually backed by research? While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others tell ourselves that we’ll be more involved with “good deeds” when we have more spar’ time, energy and money, altruism is its own reward, and can actually help you relieve stress. Altruistic acts  improve your quality of life in several ways, and are absolutely worth the effort.

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Here are some ways that helping others helps you:

Altruism and Psychological Wellbeing: Studies show that altruism is good for your emotional well-being, and can measurably enhance your peace of mind. For example, one study found that dialysis patients, transplant patients and family members who became support volunteers for other patients experienced…

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Community Kindness: Thankyou to Auburn Salvation Army

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Picking my daughter up from Bunnings Parramatta after work has become an opportunity to meet kind people in the community who are manning the bbq out the front with a goal to raise money for their community project.

Heres a Public thank you to a great team from the Auburn Salvation Army who are raising money for their community projects.

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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!

Global Care Blog

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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

National Others Week wish to express our warm regards to Sheila as she recovers from hand surgery. We look forward to see you up and about soon Sheila. Kind Regards. Leeanne and the team.

National Others Week

Sheila

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 

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DO NO HARM–Sunday Sermon Notes for May 25th 2014

Check out Peter’s tips for what to do when providing comfort to those who are going through a tough time… well worth the read!

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These are my raw sermon notes for my Sermon Sunday Morning 25th May 2014 at Nowra City Church. I post them here principally so the congregation have access to my notes while I am preaching them, but whether you are from Nowra City Church or not – I hope they bless you.

Primum non nocere – Latin

The title of my sermon is Do no Harm

Talk about Romans – We started it at the beginning of June Last year.

Praying through our next series – Possibly the Book of Matthew.

Talk about my study of Job and the paper I am writing at the moment on how we are to respond as Christians to the Terminally ill. – My thoughts about this contributed to the direction of my sermon here today.

Summary of the book of Romans

“This Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and…

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Six Spicy Spoons : Sheila Rebera

Sheila

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