Random acts of kindness

Published: Thursday 11th August 2016

On 23 August across all of our campuses you may notice a few different things happening...

You may receive an unexpected compliment, a big smile from a stranger or a high five from a colleague. You may see flowers and chocolates being given out by students or someone paying for someone else’s coffee in the canteen line. Why? Because ACU will be celebrating ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’!

We’ve set aside this day to help you let others know they’re appreciated and cared about – both friends and strangers alike. It is one way of living out the ACU Mission.

We are dedicating a day to acts of kindness because we desire ACU to be a place where random acts of kindness are happening every 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.

Random Acts of Kindness Days at ACU is an initiative that’s led by Campus Ministry but really involves everyone on campus. We’re encouraging you to take some time to connect with someone at ACU or beyond that you’re thankful for.

It might be as simple as picking up the phone and giving someone a call to see how their day is going. You might actually be the answer to someone’s prayer today.

There will be tables stationed on each campus with ‘kindness challenges’ ready on slips of paper for you to take and implement.

For further information on how you can be involved email campusministry@acu.edu.au or contact Campus Ministry on your Campus.


The aim for ambassadors is to help create spaces of encounter for ACU staff primarily through setting up and replenishing the Kindness Station in the Foyer of relevant buildings. Each station will feature food and slips of paper with ‘kindness challenges’ - suggestions of acts of kindness for people to undertake. Any extra activities or objects that ambassadors would like to include at their stations is at their own discretion.