Published Monday 13 November 2017 at 11:39
Everyone in Blackburn with Darwen is being encouraged to spread a little bit of kindness as part of a national event.
World Kindness Day is an internationally recognised day for the celebration of compassion in all its forms in society and day to day life. Individual acts of kindness, big or small, are encouraged across the globe on this day. It will be celebrated on Monday, November 13th.
Information will be broadcast on the giant TV screen on Barbara Castle Way in Blackburn town centre.
Blackburn became an official ‘Kindness Community’ last month which was launched with the help of local superstar Carl Fogarty.
John Magee from Blackburn is behind the campaign which is about encouraging everyone to take the Kindness Challenge, including a commitment to performing random acts of kindness (RAOK) for 30 days throughout the borough – and what better way to get started than on World Kindness Day?
Blackburn with Darwen Council is encouraging people to take up the challenge on World Kindness Day, and your act of consideration can be almost anything.
Simply doing something for a neighbour or friend, or helping out a person in need can make a real difference and spread a little more kindness in the world.
The international event is happening in the same week that the Council launches its annual Good Neighbour Awards, in partnership with the Lancashire Telegraph.
Now in its fifth year, the awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the borough who make a real difference to people’s lives through their own acts of kindness, going out of their way to help residents in their communities or just making their neighbourhoods better places to live.
This can be organising litter picks and cleanups, helping more vulnerable or elderly people, organising community events or fundraising for good causes, among many other deeds.
The leader of the Council, Councillor Mohammed Khan, said:
Little acts of kindness can make a big difference and Blackburn is helping to lead the way thanks to John and his campaign. I hope people will remember this World Kindness Day and spread some warmth and generosity to celebrate all the good in the world.