Unsung Hero: Air Coffee

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air coffee

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.

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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

Our Social Media links:

Web: http://www.nationalothersweek.com
Blog: https://nationalothersweek.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NationalOthersWeek
Twitter: @OthersWeek
Youtube: National Others Week
Instragram: OthersWeek
Google: + : NowMates
Flickr: NOWmate: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2683524@N23/
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.

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 

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!!!!!!

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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