On Tuesday, 22 August you may notice a few different things happening on your campus.
You may receive an unexpected compliment, a big smile from a stranger, a high five from a colleague. You may see flowers and chocolates being given out by students, or someone paying for someone else’s coffee in the canteen line.
Because ACU will be celebrating ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’.
We’ve set this day aside to help you let others know they’re appreciated and cared about – both friends and strangers alike. It is one way of living out the ACU Mission.
We are dedicating a day to acts of kindness because we want ACU to be a place where random acts of kindness are happening every day.
In 1982, writer and peace activist Anne Herbert coined the phrase "practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty" when she wrote it on a paper napkin in a San Francisco restaurant. In 1993, Chuck Wall, a professor at Bakersfield College, California, challenged his students to perform "a random act of senseless kindness" after hearing a radio report describing "another random act of senseless violence". Somewhere between these two events, the idea of practising "random acts of kindness" was born.
Random Acts of Kindness Days at ACU is an initiative that’s led by Campus Ministry but really involves everyone on campus. We’re encouraging you to take some time to connect with someone at ACU or beyond that you’re thankful for.
It might be as simple as picking up the phone, and giving someone a call to see how their day is going. You might actually be the answer to someone’s prayer today.
There will be tables stationed on each campus with ‘kindness challenges’ ready on slips of paper for you to take and implement.
For further information on how you can be involved email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Campus Ministry on your campus.