The London Paper

A group of four guys will be handing out rewards to people who show random acts of kindness this weekend at Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater and the South Bank.

HELP a stranger and you could find yourself rewarded this weekend.

Members of The Kindness Offensive are surprising anyone who helps one of their actors pretending to be lost tourists and people needing help with heavy bags.

The group was formed a year ago by David Goodfellow, 30, James Hunter, 23, Benny Crane, 26, and Calum Teach, 29, all from London, who went to Parliament Hill to ask people what they could do for them.

Since then they have given food to the homeless and asylum seekers, handed out toys to children, got a budding musician his first guitar and even arranged for an elderly lady to have a fridge.

“We are doing the awards because we thought it was about time that people got recognised for being kind.”

Goodfellow said: “We are doing the awards because we thought it was about time that people got recognised for being kind.

“We thought it was an opportunity to highlight how warm hearted people really are for no real reward, just to be kind.”

He said those who received a reward yesterday when the Everyday Kindness Awards were launched had been “stunned” but appreciative.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This is a truly inspirational project that will brighten up the daily lives of so many Londoners.”

The Kindness Offensive is supported by finance firm ING Direct.

Volunteers will be at Whiteleys shopping centre, in Bayswater, this afternoon and at the South Bank tomorrow.

by: Kirsty Ross, 15 August 2009

http://www.thelondonpaper.com/thelondonpaper/news/london/news/rewards-offered-for-simple-acts-of-kindness

Kindness Offensive Online

  Flickr Sybol Flickr Sybol

In the Press

tv radio newspaper