Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Even when it’s not the White Christmas like here in Auckland, you can still find little joys now and then – blossom of Pohutukawa tree, leisure picnic in the park, swim in the ocean or an ice block in your hand. The Christmas spirit is supposed to bring us joy, peace and loving community. But is it really so? The research and statistics show the opposite. And that scares us. More often people experience the high rates of stress, anxiety and loneliness. And those negative feelings affect us all. More and more millennials feel as isolated as the elderly groups. Unemployed families feel the financial pressure and it brings everyone down.
Therefore, Papaya Stories team decided to do something about it. Thanks to the funding from Panuku Development and the Henderson-Massey Local Board, we set up a pop-up activation called Random Act of Kindness that helped us to spread more kindness around. We wanted to remind the local communities about the true meaning of Christmas, show that kindness is easy and comes in various forms and shapes.
Our kindness activation travelled from one public site to another prior to Christmas. The journey started at Catherine Plaza (outside of the WestCity Waitakere shopping mall) in Henderson, stopped by at Royal Reserve Playground in Massey and finished at the Tasman Rest Home where the letters of kindness were delivered. The travel was nice and easy thanks to our random elfs who also brought some hugs, games, Christmas carols and laughter.
Now it’s time to share the kindness report.
The participants made 10 Christmas cards, wrote 20 positive messages and 20 letters. In addition, we made lots of new friends along the way. Anya Bycroft and Denis Frylov from our team managed to capture those magical moments on photos and videos. Check out the inspiring content below and please remember to be kind to yourself, each other and planet.
Are you keen to organise a fun, interactive and creative event? Then, make sure to get in touch with our team. Flick us an email, sing us a song – firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can make your big idea happen in 2020.