Random Act of Kindness Day

October 8, 2015

Are You Ready to Commit a Random Act Of Kindness, Victoria?

Victoria, BC – On Friday, November 6th, Random Act of Kindness Day® will come to Greater Victoria for the first time, and you’re invited. This is a day to do something nice for someone, and to encourage others to pay those “acts of kindness” forward. Just as Valentine’s Day is the customary day for people to celebrate love, Random Act of Kindness Day® is a time to celebrate kindness – for friends, family and even complete strangers.

“We live in an amazing place where so much kindness happens every day,” says Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson. “This is our opportunity to take a moment to celebrate kindness and make a special effort to spread it around.”

Between now and November 6th, “kindness cards” will be circulated throughout the community. They’ll encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone – a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and hand the card over to that person, encouraging him/her to do the same.

Your random act of kindness can be almost anything you like: buy a coffee for someone, congratulate a colleague on a job well done, act as a sounding board for a friend, even something as simple as holding open a door for a stranger – each act provides us with an opportunity to make kindness a priority.

Random Act of Kindness Day® was started in Canada in 2008 by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. This year, 22 lead organizations representing over 250 communities across the country will be participating. On Vancouver Island, community foundations in Parksville/Qualicum, Nanaimo and on Saturna Island are all promoting Random Act of Kindness Day® for the first time. Locally, the Victoria Foundation is coordinating the day’s activities, along with the Times Colonist, Home Hardware and Island Savings.

Beginning next week, Random Act of Kindness cards will be available at all local Home Hardware and Island Savings locations. For more information, victoriafoundation.bc.ca/kindness.

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
~ Poet Lucy Larcom