Thank you to all who came out to the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Wrap up and Community Celebration on Wednesday, November 6th at Citi Plaza. I am deeply deeply grateful to the countless individuals and organizations that lent such great support for the event, as well as the entire month-long campaign. This was my first 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign and I’ll be honest, when I first started planning it, I had no idea what to expect. Sure I had the fantastic direction of the Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias coordinators that came before me, but overall, I felt like I was embarking on a journey into the unknown.
I WAS BLOWN AWAY!
I couldn’t believe how willing community partners were to help. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the tremendous inclination by students and teachers towards kindness. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated the supremely kind people living in London and more than anything, I was extremely humbled by the countless individuals who approached me personally and offered their help and support.
I am super honoured to have hosted LUSO Community Services’ 5th annual 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge in London, Ontario. I have been inspired by each and every participant to work towards making next year’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge 1,000 times better!
I want to thank Citi Plaza for hosting our event so graciously and specifically our borrowed tech guy for the night, Justin, who quickly and efficiently set up our audio-visual equipment and for really going above and beyond the call of duty. Special thanks also to Wes, our Citi Plaza Act-Of-Kindnessly-donated security guard for the event! And of course, Brian from Fox & Fiddle for the amazing food!
Funny story..On my way home from the event, I was in such a great mood while listening to the radio (103.1 Fresh FM) that I CALLED the radio station (hands free).. Have you ever done that? I seriously recommend it, it’s super exciting! No, I did not call to answer a question or play a game. I called to tell the wonderfully talented Ryan Valdron how excited I was about the campaign. Needless to say, I very gracefully articulated the main goals of the campaign and asked him to tell EVERYONE the final count of the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge. Instead of simply announcing the number in his smooth radio voice, he played a RECORDING of my rant. Awesome.
So THANK YOU for that, Ryan. THANK YOU to everyone 1,000 x 1,000 times for making October a super memorable month. Oh.. Did I forget to tell y’all what the final count was?
So silly. Where’s a drum roll when you need it.. Nevermind that.
London registered over 65,000 (I wish you could put numbers in caps..) Oh, here we go..
65,000 ACTS OF KINDNESS!
Wow, London, blow me away why dontcha! Changed my world.
So much love,
Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program Coordinator
LUSO Community Services