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1,000 Acts of Kindness Kick off was a SUCCESS!!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the community partners, neighbours, friends, individuals and LUSO STAFF who helped make this year’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness kick off a GREAT success!!

Together, the 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign delivered over 3,000 donated items to locations across the city that do kindness all year round! Our Ripple Bus of Kindness departed from LUSO and made 5 stops!! First stop: My sister’s place!! LUSO Staff and 1,000 Acts of Kindness volunteers learned about all the work My Sister’s Place does in our community. Consistent with our theme of A Ripple of Kindness, we gave our wonderful community partners a bin of supplies that THEY can then pass along to community members who utilize their services.

Next stop: Ark Aid Street Mission! So many supports and services offered – Did you know they serve approx. 25-26,000 meals annually, and ALL food is donated from people just like YOU!?? Stay wonderful, City of London!! Support your neighbours!

ALL ABOARD!! We traveled across the city to Women’s Community House where we made a lot of ruckus on Wellington road, HONK FOR KINDNESS!! RIPPLE TOUR BUS!! START A RIPPLE OF KINDNESS!! Londoners were thrilled and super eager to honk their horns for us, spreading the love, and getting some much needed attention for our fantastic third stop: Women’s Community House.
Next, we traveled to our sister organization: South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre and dropped off some goodies, walked through the building and did our cheer for some fantastic community service workers!! 1, 2, 3, 4 Here comes kindness to your door! 5, 6, 7, 8 Helping others is really great! PAY IT FORWARD!

Last but not least, we ventured to Canadian Blood Services, bringing our energy and blood to donate and some sweet treats! We did our cheer, spread some joy, donated some blood and returned back home to LUSO to recoop after a fun afternoon of kindness and giving!! We thank all our fantastic community partners for allowing us to start our Ripple of Kindness with them!

IMG_1670Continue to get involved!! Contact me for upcoming events, to get involved, or to have me at your events! I love love love seeing the fantastic things community partners and neighbours have planned for this month! Let’s start a Ripple of Kindness in London, Ontario this October!!

Is Everybody Ready for the 2015 Campaign Kick off???

This year’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Campaign kick off is going to work a little differently… There will be no dropping in here and there – this year it’s all or nothing!

You either start a Ripple of Kindness by participating in the Ripple Tour of Kindness or you don’t!! Don’t get me wrong. There’s still plenty of opportunities throughout the month of October to do kindness and even – consistent with this year’s theme of A Ripple of Kindness- START a Ripple of Kindness!!

But like I said.. The Kick off is different this year. In the past, it’s been a come one, come all type soiree, with freedom to come and go as you please. This year, it’s come one, come all – but if you come, you’re stuck. Because we’ll be moving. Because we’ll be on a bus!!

YES! This year’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign kick off will be the Ripple Tour of Kindness. A bus full of Kindness-Doers will travel to 5 London locations spreading smiles, kind acts and items of great need to these locations! The Ripple Tour of Kindness will sweep through the City of London in a brush of kindness. This year we’re painting the town Green and White!!

The stops are a surprise!! There are hints here and there but for the most part, I’ve kept it pretty well under wraps, which is a wonderful and surprising accomplishment for me!! All I’ll tell you is our LAST stop of the afternoon will be Canadian Blood Services where Kindness-Doers will be donating much needed blood to our local blood bank! Did you know it takes 5 kind individuals to donate blood to save ONE person?? Let’s save a thousand this month!!

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The Ripple Bus Tour will leave LUSO Community Services at 1193 Oxford Street East at 3:00pm and will return to the same location on or before 7:00pm, pending our fantastic adventure’s timeline!!

Thank you LONDON for the opportunity to run another great 1,000 Acts of Kindness Campaign!! Please submit your Acts of Kindness HERE or by emailing stophate@lusocentre.org

All the best for another wonderful campaign!!

Thoughtful Thursdays with London Police!!

Thursday October 9th, the 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign celebrated 2014-10-09 1,000 acts of kindessThoughtful Thursday! Myself and a volunteer paid a visit to the London Police, paraded in with cookies for the cops and balloons for the spirit of it all!

It’s always so rewarding to be able to dedicate some time to those who really work hard in our community. The purpose of this event was to express our gratitude to the officers who wake up every day with the intention to make our community a safer and better place.

Thank you thank you, every single day!

The London Police have dedicated this month to Kindness by aiming to cover at least 1,000 fingers this winter!! Drop off your donations of mits/gloves at the Police station and help them reach their goal.

1,000 Acts of Kindness Campaign kicks off – Kindness Connects!!

Welcome to October!! Or, as I like to call it, 1,000 Acts of Kindness month!

This October, the Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias program at LUSO Community Services is THRILLED to present this year’s theme: KINDNESS CONNECTS!  The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge is calling upon the community to creatively connect through kindness. This means finding engaging ways to connect classrooms to community, businesses to bright ideas, organizations to opportunities and individuals through inspiration! Don’t forget to register here 🙂

There are a ton of exciting upcoming events – starting with, but not limited to, the events on the calendar below. Please submit your events/initiatives to me at stophate@lusocentre.org or via the website contact us form! I’d also love Love LOVE to come out to your events, so keep me in the loop!

Calendar Calendar2Needless to say I am PUMPED for the 1,000 Acts of Kindness kick off tomorrow morning at Cherryhill Village Mall! Kindness Connects Generations will bring together seniors from Cherryhill Village and students from Eagle Heights Public School for fun community building and kindness spreading activities. Please join us for a special event with plenty of opportunities to give back to the community through kindness! 9:00am-12:30pm in the Cherryhill Village Mall food court 🙂

For the second year in a row, we’d like to extend a gracious THANK YOU to Libro Financial Group for their unbelievably kind and generous donation to this fabulous annual campaign. So much of what we have planned wouldn’t be possible without Libro’s commitment to kindness!

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Beautiful Anti-Bullying performance

Hello Kindness Do-ers!

I’ve been thinking about you.. Allllll the time! I wish it was the 1,000 Acts of Kindness challenge all year round! Alas, it is not, but it is fast approaching!!

The excitement is wonderfully fueling my planning process and I look forward to delivering a fantastic month of Acts of Kindness with all your help!!

I recently came across this video that has been making its rounds on the internet. Absolutely blew me away and I really hope all of you will take the time to watch it! It gives me goosebumps every time! See the video below and be sure to catch your jaws when they drop!

Until next time!!

Dunia

A Look at Some School Activities

I know I said my last blog post would be my lassttt last blog post – but I’ve just been collecting so many super cool participant photos, videos, etc. Can’t believe the enthusiasm and creativity so I decided to share them with everyone. Watch the list of pictures/videos grow!

First: Check out our Facebook page for two fantastic videos from the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Campaigns of two fabulous London schools: John P. Robarts Public School and Sir. John A. Macdonald Public School.

The high schools in London were also hard at work spreading kindness throughout the month of October.

Below, the Kindness Club at Montcalm Secondary School presents a staff member with a donation towards caring for her horses just outside of London – beautiful!20131106_131552

Below is a beautiful banner constructed by students at A.B. Lucas Secondary School. If you look closely you’ll see the faces of all the super kind, spectacularly generous students that attend this school. Students organized wonderful activities and engaged the whole school in acts of kindness. IMG_3892

 

1,000 Acts of Kindness Community Celebration

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,
Dunia Hamou
Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program Coordinator
LUSO Community Services

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An Apple a Day day at Central Library

Once again I ventured off to the London Public Library, Central Branch where myself and a volunteer gave out over 150 apples from Appleland – the happiest place on earth!

It was lots of fun connecting with the community! Over 150 students, adults, seniors and children received a FREE apple from the 1,000 Acts of Kindness campaign.  That’s over 150 individual acts of kindness that (I’m sure) were later passed on!
In my mind, one act of kindness is a tremendous success.

Below is a picture of us giving out out apples dressed as loving, generous farmers! (two our of three isn’t bad I hope)

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Plaid shirts unite!

We also had a little bit of fun with the security team over at the Library. Although they refused apples because “acidity irritates their teeth” they took a super cool picture of us off their screens! Thanks guys!

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Not breaking any laws.. Just spreading the love in London, Ontario!

Thanks again London Public Library!!

Colour of Kindness Chalkboard

The title of the event speaks for itself. After a few failed attempts at building a spectacular Kindness Chalkboard, I have a few mediocre ones and one suuuuper cool one. My super cool one is the one I brought to Whiteoaks Mall on October 16th. Whiteoaks Mall management were veryyy kind for allowing me to display my chalkboard at the super busy Wellington st. entrance for the afternoon. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who expressed interest and appreciation in the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Campaign challenge. I encouraged each and every person I interacted with to THINK, SPEAK, and ACT kindly in London for the purpose of this campaign, as well as to help us create a more loving and kind community.

I wasn’t able to document all the beautiful drawings and writings on the Kindness Chalkboard, as I erased it a few times to give others an opportunity, but below is a shot of one version of the Kindness Chalkboard 🙂

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International Day of the Girl

Hi again Kindness Doers!

October 11th was International Day of the Girl and our Kindness Event was an act of honouring that super cool day!

international girl dayGirls are special in a many ways , but I can’t list them all because my fingers will fall off. The important thing is that GIRLS know they’re special! In an effort to ensure this is PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, I, along with my super fantastic colleague, ventured off into Victoria Park and shared congratulatory balloons with girls!

What made the balloon receiving extra special was that we also gave out Kindness cards. The idea behind the tiny Kindness Card is that every girl who received a balloon is obligated to pass on an act of kindness to a person she either knows, or doesn’t know! Spread Kindness with Kindness, that’s what it’s about!

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Samantha with some balloon bouquets that were distributed among the many girls in Victoria Park on International Day of the Girl.