Five million acts of kindness

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What started as a trip to a video shop in the shire ten years ago has evolved into a worldwide movement involving 78 countries.
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Pay It Forward Day, the brainchild of Gymea marketing consultant Blake Beattie will mark its tenth anniversary on Thursday, April 28.

Five million acts of kindness: Gymea’s Blake Beattie started the Pay It Forward Day 10 years ago and it is now held in 78 countries. Picture: Chris Lane

The international day of celebration encourages people to do between one and three good deeds on the day with no expectations other than the recipient in turn does a favour for someone else.

The idea for Pay It Forward Day came from the novel Pay It Forward by Katherine Ryan Hyde and the movie of the same name, the story of a boy who did three good deeds for others in need.

In return he wanted the good deed to be passed on to three other people to keep the cycle going.

The author started the Pay It Forward Foundation in 2000 as a way to encourage people around the world to show acts of kindness.

In 2007, Blake Beattie was at a leadership course where participants were asked to think of a way to change Australia and the world.

“I was walking past a video store in the shire and saw the movie Pay It Forward on the shelf,” Blake, 39, said.

“I had loved the movie and thought we should start an international Pay It Forward day.

“I had no idea how to start it. I contacted the Pay It Forward Foundation, the author and Warner Brothers, who produced the movie, all without success.”

But Blake persisted and soon the idea of an international Pay It Forward Day caught on and gained momentum.

“It started a huge ripple effect across the country,” he said.

“Pay it Forward Day is now celebrated in 78 countries from the Slovak Republic to Panama and has over 60 state and city proclamations including British Columbia, Colorado and Nevada.

“The day inspired over five million acts of kindness last year alone,” Blake said.

Acts of kindness are many and varied.

In China, grade 8 students raised $1500 to benefit victims of the Nepal earthquake.

In Northamptonshire local police paid it forward to help 150 students visit the local cinema.

Schyler High School, Nebraska in the United States put together 30,000 meals for the need in Malaysia.

“It can be something as simple as offering someone who is caught in the rain an umbrella,” Blake said.

“We have had some amazing people around the world involved and importantly it inspires some goodness out in the community.”

To be involved, people use Pay It Forward cards, downloadable from the Pay It Forward website, which can be handed to each recipient explaining what Pay It Forward is all about.

There are 24 boxes on the back of the card that are ticked off as it travels the world.

Each box contains the potential for future good deeds as people Pay It Forward to others in need.

“There are a lot of things we could do to help others but people these days are so busy,” Blake said.

“This is a way of shifting people’s mindset to realise that it is not what you can get but what you can give.”

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What started as a trip to a video shop in the shire ten years ago has evolved into a worldwide movement involving 78 countries.

Pay It Forward Day, the brainchild of Gymea marketing consultant Blake Beattie will mark its tenth anniversary on Thursday, April 28.

The international day of celebration encourages people to do between one and three good deeds on the day with no expectations other than the recipient in turn does a favour for someone else.

The idea for Pay It Forward Day came from the novel Pay It Forward by Katherine Ryan Hyde and the movie of the same name, the story of a boy who did three good deeds for others in need.

In return he wanted the good deed to be passed on to three other people to keep the cycle going.

The author started the Pay It Forward Foundation in 2000 as a way to encourage people around the world to show acts of kindness.

In 2007, Blake Beattie was at a leadership course where participants were asked to think of a way to change Australia and the world.

“I was walking past a video store in the shire and saw the movie Pay It Forward on the shelf,” Blake, 39, said.

“I had loved the movie and thought we should start an international Pay It Forward day.

“I had no idea how to start it. I contacted the Pay It Forward Foundation, the author and Warner Brothers, who produced the movie, all without success.”

But Blake persisted and soon the idea of an international Pay It Forward Day caught on and gained momentum.

“It started a huge ripple effect across the country,” he said.

“Pay it Forward Day is now celebrated in 78 countries from the Slovak Republic to Panama and has over 60 state and city proclamations including British Columbia, Colorado and Nevada.

“The day inspired over five million acts of kindness last year alone,” Blake said.

Acts of kindness are many and varied.

In China, grade 8 students raised $1500 to benefit victims of the Nepal earthquake.

In Northamptonshire local police paid it forward to help 150 students visit the local cinema.

Schyler High School, Nebraska in the United States put together 30,000 meals for the need in Malaysia.

“It can be something as simple as offering someone who is caught in the rain an umbrella,” Blake said.

“We have had some amazing people around the world involved and importantly it inspires some goodness out in the community.”

To be involved, people use Pay It Forward cards, downloadable from the Pay It Forward website, which can be handed to each recipient explaining what Pay It Forward is all about.

There are 24 boxes on the back of the card that are ticked off as it travels the world.

Each box contains the potential for future good deeds as people Pay It Forward to others in need.

“There are a lot of things we could do to help others but people these days are so busy,” Blake said.

“This is a way of shifting people’s mindset to realise that it is not what you can get but what you can give.”

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