Campaign of kindness

Chaplain Meng Chan.
Campaign of kindness
Chaplain Meng Chan.

HELPING someone in need, no matter how big or small the task, can make a difference in the community.

The students at South Perth Primary School hoped their new movement would have put a domino effect on the surrounding community.

YouthCARE chaplain for the school Meng Chan began the Pay it Forward: Acts of Kindness movement earlier this year.

The movement encouraged students to hand out kindness cards that offered examples of helpful acts as simple as giving someone something they needed or helping to carry belongings.

Recipients of the acts recorded them on cards and once completed, were handed back to the school to track the movement’s progress.

“Paying forward simple acts of kindness holds the potential to multiply the kindness happening around us,” Ms Chan said.

“Students get to learn they have a part to play in making the school and their community a better place through the choices they make.”

Ms Chan said the cards were designed to encourage and track the number of time acts of kindness were passed on, giving an idea of the positive differences in the neighbourhood.

“It is hoped the hearts of those who somehow received our cards were warmed,” Ms Chan said.

She is one of more than 300 YouthCARE chaplains in more than 600 WA state schools.