Kindness revolution sweeps Sydney Reply

by Antonio Sergi

Pole of Kindness: Newtown resident, Rosie Waterland, finds inspiration in the little things. Photo: Antonio Sergi

Pole of Kindness: Newtown resident, Rosie Waterland, finds inspiration in the little things. Photo: Antonio Sergi

Sydney’s latest trend, acts of kindness, is sweeping through the inner west, and it’s making the streets of Sydney a little sweeter one deed at a time.

Formed two months ago, the Two Kites Project is the latest not-for-profit organisation trying to spread joy through inner west suburbs with their posters, saying ‘Take What You Need’ or ‘Take A Smile, It’s Free’.

Two Kites Project volunteers are regularly seen doing good deeds like handing out origami hearts or giving socks filled with toiletries to the homeless, and if you live in the inner west, chances are you have already ripped a ‘smile’ tab off one of their posters.

Gloria Lo, 19, president of Two Kites Project, says her new company is unique.

“The main aim of Two Kites Project is to inspire other people to do random acts of kindness and to have that ripple effect,” she says.

Two Kites volunteers are committed to bringing people together by providing opportunities to those less fortunate and brightening the day of the individuals with the simplest of gestures.

“We serve as a vehicle for the people who donate money or goods and the less fortunate people who receive it, because sometimes when you donate you don’t know where exactly that money goes to,” Gloria says.

Wake Up Project is another example of the kindness revolution that became known to Sydneysiders after the release of its free Kindness Cards, which are used in exchange of a good deed, encouraging receivers “to pay-it-forward with an anonymous act of kindness”.

The project has now had more than 110,000 cards ordered from its website and distributed throughout Australia, and it is fast becoming its own kindness movement.

However, not everyone is convinced by the new movement.

Glebe resident Cheyne Fynn, 26, says random acts of kindness could be a violation of privacy. “To be honest, the majority of the time those things are an inconvenience, I don’t need people coming up to me uninvited,” he says.

Dr Antony Kidman, Director of the UTS Health Psychology Unit, believes the kindness revolution has a positive influence on society and is an example of altruistic human behaviour.

“I believe a lot of media reports currently emphasise negative events and the egocentricity of individuals,” he says. “Random acts of kindness show that these slanted perceptions are not true, but unfortunately, like many other good things that people do, they go unreported.”

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