As we approach what will be a new year of exciting beginnings, we look back and reflect on the year that has been. 2015 was our second year as The Kindness Effect and with it came change, growth, lessons learnt, new ideas, new team members, goodbyes and of course, a lot of kindness and love.
• One of our proudest accomplishments of 2015 was that we successfully made our way into the classroom. We held numerous workshops in different schools, from primary to secondary, holding groups of 20 to 100, while working with teachers and students alike. We held workshops all over Melbourne from Bendigo to Geelong to St. Kilda, even Ringwood.
• One of the biggest secrets of 2015 is that we started producing a book!!! Yes, with the help of an incredible young student that we met while holding a school workshop, we are putting together a book about mental health, friendship and the journey of school. We can’t wait to share more about this with you all, but at the moment it’s meant to be a secret.
• This year we welcomed three new team members; Cat, Ryal and James. Cat and Ryal have come on board as Workshop Facilitators and are currently undergoing training, while James and Ryal are part of our documentary team as creative geniuses.
• We didn’t say goodbye, but rather ‘see you soon’ to two of the lovely ladies that have bought such positivity into our team, Charlie and Gabi. Charlie has gone home to London, but not for long as she is off to Surf Camp in Bali and onto bigger adventures. She will be staying onboard as a Kindness Ambassador and will be conducting little social experiments all around the world. Gabi has flown to her family’s home of Chile. While she is there she is completing an internship for a non-for-profit organization Human Connections, and will be writing for our blog.
• We were published in magazines such as Peppermint, Give Magazine and The Australian Times.
• We had our team photo illustrated by the incredibly talented The Juliet Report.
• We collaborated with The Space, to put together a night of dance, culture and food called Platform. The night raised money for the Children of Nepal who were affected by the regional earthquake in April.
• We held a community workshop where we had guest speaker Lucy Thomas from Project Rockit and Kate James from Total Balance
• We gave away three Kindness Kits, which contained products that were cruelty free, vegan, good for you and good for the environment. We had products donated from amazing brands and organisations such as Go-To Skin Care, Raw Complexions, Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth Tom Organics, Wilde Empire, Ere Perez Cosmetics, Peppermint Magazine and Steal Time Back.
• We raised money for our Community Outreach Days with the help of Bunnings Warehouse. They let us set up a fundraising table outside their Maribyranong store.
• We held some pretty cool social experiments. One in particular was at the Fitzroy Gardens and included interviewing people about the kindest thing someone else has done for them, and a video will be posted about it in the New Year.
• Our whole team did a month of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ which included leaving people plants on their cars, buying strangers coffee, volunteering and just being an all round kind person.
• Our team member Ryal fundraised for Beyond Blue by handcrafting mugs with inspirational quotes on them. He is still currently selling the cups with all the money raised going to mental health organizations.
We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us and we go into the new year with an open heart,an open mind and a willingness to embrace it all. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe New Years Eve and a magical 2016!