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Random acts of kindness

4 years ago
UNIBusiness Editor
A child sticks his head up from under the created volcano floating on the water

Has a stranger ever bought you coffee, or has someone given you a balloon while in line at a gas station for no reason? If your answer is yes, you have been the lucky individual targeted by a "random act of kindness". These acts of kindness are becoming a craze around the United States, and they are led by Random Acts, an organization whose mission is "to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are here to inspire acts of kindness around the world both big and small." 

UNIBusiness Instructor of Management, Heidi Noonan-Day, is a one of many across the country who initiate these random acts of kindness. Heidi is a sincere believer that these random acts will change the world, especially if everyone gets involved. Heidi is known to be a random act participant on campus, and now she is known around the United States as well. This past year Heidi participated in GISHWSHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen), which is centered around spreading kindness and fun around the world. This scavenger hunt is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records five times under the scavenger hunt category and recognizes participants from over 100 countries.

Heidi was a member of a team called the Widdermackers, made up of 15 individuals from various parts of the world. After auditioning last January to be part of this winning team, she was accepted to participate in their fun. The team was tasked with completing 215 scavenger hunt items in a week's time. Don't be fooled; these tasks are not your ordinary scavenger hunt tasks. Items on the list range from seemingly impossible to tear-jerking. Heidi was given the responsibility of creating a "floating volcano". (pictured above).

"I think people can verbalize the notion that we are all interconnected as human beings. I think we can also picture being good to other people like when you drop a pebble into a still pond, and watch the ripple spread outward until it is far greater than that initial drop," explained Heidi. "I knew that, but I didn't know that, until I started intentionally doing random acts of kindness. I have seen some spectacular things happen, many of which moved everybody involved to good tears. It is a good way to live a life, and has added meaning and texture to mine."

Heidi's team completed 192 of the 215 tasks and placed first in the world, ultimately sending them to Costa Rica for a week with American actor Misha Collins. UNIBusiness is so proud to have one of our own participating in such a life changing event! We hope that others find it in their heart to "act with kindness" as well.

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