Bring kindness into your workplace


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:

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? 


The Biggest Ever

The Now team are pretty excited as our first media release is sent out nationally across Australia.



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

Our Social Media links:

Twitter: @OthersWeek
Youtube: National Others Week
Instragram: OthersWeek
Google: + : NowMates
Flickr: NOWmate:
Pinterest: NOWeek


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.

Community Kindness: Thankyou to Auburn Salvation Army


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.

auburn salvation army

Six Spicy Spoons : Sheila Rebera


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 

What are people doing?


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.