Rewarding community kindness

Kylie Bray at Beechworth Bakery. 184481 Picture: ROB CAREW

By Casey Neill

 Healesville’s first Random Acts of Kindness week is on its way.

Beechworth Bakery’s Kylie Bray said the idea for the project had been in her head for the past year or more.

“It’s to bring the businesses together and celebrate the great people in the town,” she said.

“We all know people who are more community-minded than most of us.

“People who don’t fly their own flag but just get in there and do what’s needed to help others, like chop an extra load of wood for the elderly lady down the road etcetera.

“Every community is better for having people like them.”

Ms Bray wants the Healesville business community to show those good Samaritans how much they’re appreciated.

The bakery is planning a month-long promotion, starting in October, asking people to nominate unsung heroes in the Healesville community – “people who not only deserve recognition but also a treat”.

There’ll be a daily winner from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 November.

“They’ll receive a fabulous pamper hamper made up of great treats and goods from local businesses to show the Healesville community’s appreciation.

“Whoever has nominated one of the winners will receive a $25 gift card from us.”

Ms Bray said a panel would choose the winners based on merit.

She said organisers would buy items from local businesses for the hampers, and encourage those businesses to make an equivalent donation.

Those businesses would be named in all promotions for the Random Acts of Kindness project, and their business card would go into the hamper.

Participating businesses will also receive nomination forms for customers to collect.