Random Acts of Kindness Day

In 1982, writer and peace activist Anne Herbert coined the phrase “practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” when she wrote it on a paper napkin in a San Francisco restaurant.

In 1993, Chuck Wall, a professor at Bakersfield College, California, challenged his students to perform “a random
act of senseless kindness” after hearing a radio report describing “another random act of senseless violence”. Somewhere between these two events, the idea of practising “random acts of kindness” was born.

It’s easy to think this is a great idea – but actually doing it is much harder. That is why we’re setting aside a day to really focus on it because we want ACU to be a place where random acts of kindness are happening every day.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop.

Random Acts of Kindness Day occurs on Wednesday 9 April this year, but feel free to start sooner!