More than a million people from more than 100 countries will participate in the International Day of Good Deeds on Sunday.
Launched 15 years ago in Israel as a small local event, the true spirit of dreaming big and getting things done has helped the project expand to include participants in 108 countries coming together for a day of goodness.
On April 11 of each year, enthusiasm grows, and this year’s events will focus on thousands of projects dedicated to improving society, all under the theme of Reconnecting 2021.
Founder Shari Arison says that despite the pandemic, “doing good and being good is always possible, at any time and under any circumstances.”
“It is comforting to see the outpouring of goodwill and acts of loving-kindness that people do, helping others in any way possible at such a time, making food baskets for the needy, entertaining the elderly, and so many other busy activities. of creative ideas that benefit others and spread the good together. “
The 63-year-old American-born Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist is the richest woman in Israel. It is the owner of Arison Investments, which comprises several companies. She runs The Ted Arison Family Foundation as the daughter of the eponymous charity that also co-founded Norwegian Cruise Lines.
These are some of the activities that are organized, according to a press release:
In the USA: “People from 50 states will participate, in partnership with Points of Light, IAVE, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. A virtual chess and leadership training will be held for at-risk youth ”.
In Costa Rica: his eighth year participating: “A whole month of good deeds (they are planned), from the donation of personal kits to hundreds of hospitalized people, to concerts, blood donations and a festival of NGOs that highlight the ways of doing good throughout year”.
In Panama: “24 hours of good deeds are planned, including building community gardens, donating school supplies and haircuts at homeless shelters.”
In the United Kingdom: “Hundreds of people will take part in practical projects across London throughout the month, allowing people to choose how to do good.”
One way to get involved right away is to use the Challenge #FAMING. Go from ’embarrassing’ to ‘hungry’ by using social media to post kind words, compliments, and praise. Try to highlight the good and let go of the bad for a whole week.
“I believe that if people think well, speak well and do good, circles of goodness will grow in the world,” says Arison.
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