Fingal Hands Up for Kindness – Friday February 17

by Rose Barrett
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On the back of a recent motion passed by councillors to promote greater kindness, Fingal County Council is reminding people across the county to be friendly and helpful to everyone ahead of International Random Acts of Kindness Day this Friday, February 17.

“Being considerate, thoughtful, and generous is something we should all be, which is why the council is running a #HandsUpForKindness campaign this week, encouraging people to be kind and compassionate,” said a spokesperson for FCC.

“Simple things like saying hello or offering help to someone who may be struggling can go some way to boosting wellbeing, helping people to feel less isolated or alone – and a great way to improve your own self-esteem!”

Small acts of kindness have multiple positives, for the giver and the receiver. 

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony said: “We know that as a county, Fingal is very responsive to the needs of others and we want everyone to show just what a big-hearted community we are by joining our #HandsUpForKindness campaign.”

Cllr Joan Hopkins, Chair of Fingal’s Community Development, Heritage Culture & Creativity Strategic Policy Committee, said: “Generosity and kindness really is a simple way to show we care and can be particularly important at a time when loneliness is a challenge for many. Kindness has the power to transform the world for the better.”

Perhaps buy someone a tea or coffee in a café, offer your seat to someone on the train, bus or LUAS, carry someone’s shopping bags, give out cupcakes to strangers on the street or at your local community centre, say hello to people on the street, call friends and family, pass on your paid parking ticket to someone when you’re leaving a space, just be pleasant to people in general or be generous, a few simple acts of kindness!

The council is asking people to leave a message community radio station Phoenix FM’s hotline (01 524 0288) or via WhatsApp (0857823016) re what your random act of kindness of the week is. Messages will be played on Phoenix FM this week. To coincide with International Random Acts of Kindness Day, some lucky callers will win an annual Family Pass to Fingal Heritage sites, One4All vouchers and more.

So, whatever it is you do, please share your random acts of kindness on social media using #HandsUpForKindness.

Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce

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