The first time I fundraised for Random Acts, I ended up forty feet up a tree, clinging onto the support rope attached to my harness for dear life. I knew hardly anything about the charity, only that it was created by a supernatural actor I quite liked and that they did really cool stuff for the community. Without knowing anything else, I signed up for Endure4Kindness and raised $200 whilst having a nervous breakdown trying to zipwire across the treetops like Tarzan, but if Tarzan was an awkward millennial with coordination issues.
Despite picking something absolutely ridiculous as my challenge, the feeling I got when submitting the total raised was absolutely incredible. Not in the “I did something awesome” way, but rather “maybe this will help the world to become a better place.” After that I was hooked and knew I needed to find out more about the only charity that had me willingly do something as crazy as stumble over logs suspended from tree tops.
As I began to immerse myself in the beauty that is RA, things really did start to change for the better. I watched as the school in Nicaragua was built, rooting for those out there who I’d never met but who I felt immensely close to because we shared the same passion to do good. Every bake sale, food bank drop off, knitting challenges and 12 hour long kazoo concerts were brought to us with an aura of absolute possibility. This wasn’t just a charity trying to raise money, this was a group of really extraordinary, kind hearted souls who gave you permission to be as fun and crazy in all the best ways, whilst saving the world. They helped me believe I could do anything, just by being their good selves.
I started fundraising for RA more, doing bake sales, selling merch or just giving part of my wage instead of being materialistic. Every time the newsletter would come out with what they achieved that month, my mind would instantly think up “alright, what’s next?” Kindness became my absolute default and I never wanted to go back.
Everyone who works for RA may think they are volunteers helping out, however in the early hours of the morning when I’d be having a bad time, Holli would be the one who warmed my heart. Rachel filled me with so much love and hope. Pau always shares really cool New York street heart which brings joy to my creative soul. Miranda gives and gives and has the purest heart, and seriously needs to take a break for herself! The Friends of RA group invited me into their Zoom meeting and we had so much fun doing crafts together whilst I was an ocean apart from all of them, yet felt so at home. And these are just examples from the people I know personally, there are many many more staff members and each of them do such brilliant things on a daily basis. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t get to experience all they do and bask in the kind glow they put upon the world. If ever the world had its own Avengers team, it would be the Random Acts Squad for sure!
My heart really does burst with love for them and I’m so proud of their 10 years of achievements, the fun and joy they bring into people’s lives and how much we can learn from them. My hope is that more people pick up on what they do and get inspired to do kind acts too, so that kindness becomes their default state and we set the ball rolling faster around the world.
Most people will say you can’t wake up and save the world….but they have been doing it every day for ten years.
Happy ten years Random Acts! I’m forever cheering you on and loving you all from across the world.