What is RAK day?
This is the 6th year that Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day will be celebrated in Guelph! Each year the momentum has grown, and we are energized as a community to continue those acts of kindness throughout the year. The Guelph Community Foundation is the Guelph Headquarters for Random Act of Kindness Day - and we are here to encourage you to make it a great day on Friday November 6th!
RAK is an opportunity to do something kind for someone else, to appreciate fellow citizens and for community building – it’s NOT about fundraising or giving money – just a day to celebrate kindness
. Simple acts of kindness are endless; buy someone a coffee, congratulate someone on a job well done, offer to drive someone to an appointment, rake leaves for a neighbour or visit a seniors centre.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become an amazing event that schools embrace to help communicate anti-bullying and encourage empathy through kindness amongst students.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become a day that employers celebrate the hard work of their employees.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become a huge part of Student Life at The University of Guelph, and a great way to positively engage students and surprise them with kindness.
Even though kindness should be part of our everyday life, it's easy to get busy and sidetracked. Our hope is that Random Act of Kindness Day reminds people that to bring kindness to the top of their list - not just today, but every day.
How to get Involved
There are so many ways to show kindness! If you need some inspiration or a few ideas, please click on our 101 Ideas below. We have materials we can share with you to help "create" your Random Act of Kindness Day. We have printed Random Act of Kindness cards that you can order (free of charge). The cards encourage the holder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone, then hand over the card to that person, and encourage him or her to do the same. We also have posters, bookmarks and other materials that we can provide to help make your activity get noticed. Afterall, kindness is contagious.
If your school, company or community group could include a note about Random Act of Kindness Day on your website, your newsletter, Facebook page, Tweets, Linkedin activity - it will help spread the word and encourage people to participate. Sharing your plans for celebrating the day may encourage others to think of their own ideas.
RAK Tool Kit
To assist individuals, schools and organizations with performing Random Acts of Kindness, there are free and downloadable resources below.
Share the Kindness
Kindness is contagious. Kindness inspires kindness. So let's pass our stories on to encourage others. If you witness, or experience a Random Act of Kindness on Friday November 6th, please post to your Facebook page, Twitter or Linedin and share by using @GuelphCF #RAKGuelph
If you could post Random Act of Kindness reminders on your own Facebook pages, on your website page, in your newsletter, in your Tweets - for two or three weeks leading up to Random Act of Kindness Day that will help spread the word of kindness throughout our communities.