Keep driving the Gold Coast “Cool to be Kind Awards” and World Kindness Week
This was an unexpected honour that has turned into a project that really resonates with many residents. Being appointed the Gold Coast’s Goodwill Ambassador for the World Kindness Movement Australia felt like a bit of a hospital pass when it happened, without anything really to guide our planning and no notice on the initiative. However, we’ve managed to turn the experience into a bit of a movement, hosting the Inaugural “Cool to be Kind” Awards in 2014, attending the World Kindness Global Congress in Sydney which connected us with other like-minded cities in Nigeria, Thailand, the USA, France and China, and liaising with other councils and businesses throughout the state and country, and local businesses, to promote kindness as a value identified with our city.
The value of this can be understated but in order for our city to shed a reputation as a party city shallow on character (which locals KNOW is NOT TRUE), one of the key actions is focusing on the stories of kindness and generosity that abound. My role has been to promote this and get the media involved.
Below is a great little article for radio from the team at ABC Gold Coast congratulating a Gilston dad who was recognised for his selfless contribution to the school his kids attended, long after they had left heading to high school. He’d been nominated by the Principal, Bruce Langes.
I also wrote an opinion piece for an international magazine, Humaneity, promoting our city around the world. Copies of this magazine are distributed by businesses looking to inspire their staff and customers, so if you want a copy we’d be happy to provide one or two or you can buy them as gifts to support the advocacy for this project.
These sorts of things are important for our city, as well as the reputation of the Hinterland, and you should Vote 1 Tozer on March 19 if kindness in our community matters to you!