Kindness Factory calls on Australians to help break the world record for kindness
Kath Koschel has suffered more tragedy and setbacks in her 32 years than most people could ever endure, but Kath is no ordinary person. The former NSW elite cricketer was left paralysed and told she would never walk again, not once but twice, after two separate incidents; has battled mental ill health and lost the love of her life, her beloved partner Jim, all in the space of five years.
Anyone who had faced such horrific experiences would be forgiven for being bitter at life and toward those who had caused them, but not Kath. She focused her entire energy on one thing, kindness and spreading that kindness as far and wide as she could. She established Kindness Factory, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at inspiring people to be kind, to reach out for help, to stay connected with others, exercise resilience and treat the planet with dignity and respect.
As a remarkable 2020 draws to a close, a year in which the world has had to dig deep and one where we have seen kindness become one of the most valued currencies, Kath chartered a course to change the world through kindness, one act at a time.
On World Kindness Day this Friday, Kath is calling on Australians to help her set a new world record for the highest number of kind acts logged on a single day.
According to Koschel, “On World Kindness Day, we want Aussies to spread a new kind of virus, kindness. Join me to set a new world record of 20,000 kind acts logged in one single day.
“Kindness doesn’t need to be a grand gesture; the smallest act can have the greatest impact on someone’s life. It’s been a privilege to celebrate these acts of kindness through Kindness Factory. We’ve seen countless examples including people buying strangers coffee, mowing a neighbour’s lawn through to someone giving away a car… Humans have a huge capacity to be kind – this year has shown that we need to shine a light on kindness now more than ever,” said Kath.
You can log your act of kindness on World Kindness Day on Friday, 13th November, using social media hashtag #onesmallact #20kin2020 or visit Kindness Factory website: www.kindnessfactory.com
Kindness Factory’s tips on how to spread kindness on World Kindness Day
- Give to others: Simply doing something nice for someone without asking for anything in return is an easy way to be kind. Giving to others can come in the form of a donation to charity, buying someone a coffee or sending a bunch of flowers.
- Help out a friend, loved one or stranger: Gestures such as mowing a neighbour’s lawn, helping someone cross the street or helping a neighbour in with their groceries are simple acts of helping that go a long way.
- Have a hard conversation: Kindness is not always niceness and sometimes having a tough conversation with someone can enable them to grow and build resilience. They will likely thank you for it in the long run.
- Volunteer your time: Give your time by volunteering for a charity or care for a family member or an individual in need.
- Acknowledge and show gratitude: Thank someone for their help, call out the great work of a colleague or just simply reach out to a friend in need and say hi to a friend. A small acknowledgment of gratitude can go a long way.