If there’s anything the last 12 months have proved, it’s that a little kindness can make a big difference in helping us feel connected. This year Campos is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week, 14th – 20th February and promoting the power of kindness so we can #MakeKindnesstheNorm
Random Acts of Kindness Week is an annual event encouraging everyone to share more acts of kindness. No matter how big or small, an act of kindness can change the course of a day or even a lifetime. We felt that in 2021, more than ever we all need a little extra kindness in our lives.
We believe that coffee is a great catalyst for connection, inspiration, ideas. We often hear and see inspiring acts of kindness in our cafes and in our partner cafes on a regular basis. Over the week we’ll be sharing some of these stories and encouraging everyone to commit to doing at least one random act of kindness of their own.
We’ve put together some easy ideas to serve as inspiration:
- Shout someone a coffee who may need it
- Give your local café a positive google review
- Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
- Say “Good morning” to a neighbour, your barista or someone you walk past on the street
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour
- Send flowers to a friend
- Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to their response
- Leave a kind note for someone
- Share affirmations with the people around you. You never know who might need them.
- Message someone you’ve not spoken to in a while
- Just smile
Share your random acts of kindness on social media using #RandomActsOfKindnessDay
Learn more about how our café partners and consumers are spreading kindness…
From our Café Partner Drugstore Summer Hill
Vivian and the Drugstore team have spent the last few months encouraging their local community to buy a coffee for someone in need, and have noticed an uplift in happiness as a result! Vivian says she’s seen non-locals (and even non-coffee drinkers!) coming in to purchase someone else a coffee.
Drugstore have also contributed to their community’s wellbeing by giving away food to those in need, which spurred action among the neighbourhood in the form of both food and monetary donations.
From our Café Partner 2kf Espresso
During the Northern Beaches cluster late last year, Pete, a regular customer at 2kf contracted Covid-19 from one of the community’s hotspots. Another friendly customer started to purchase a coffee for Pete every day and deliver it to his doorstep so that he didn’t miss out on his daily Campos coffee fix.
Staff at 2kf took note of this kind gesture and decided to contribute, sending Pete is favourite chocolates to go with his morning coffee. The 2kf team also say they’ve seen their community come together during the pandemic to support them, with customers rallying throughout the year to purchase coffee from them – ensuring they stayed in business through the tough times.
From our Café Partner Fuel Espresso
Shachar and Mark have owned Fuel Espresso Bar in Brookvale for close to 8 years now, and more recently opened up a café in Narrabeen which has been operating for about a year. The start of the pandemic in 2020 was a shock to the system, however it wasn’t until they started seeing Centrelink lines form in front of their café that the reality of the situation hit them. One day a father, who was dropping off his daughter to sign up for Job Keeper, watched the growing queue with disbelief and decided to shout everyone in line a coffee from Fuel Espresso.
Touched by his kindness, Fuel Espresso followed suit and started to give out free coffees once each day. From there it snowballed, and more people were coming in from the community to not only buy a coffee for themselves, but to shout 10 or more free coffees in the line as well. Fuel Espresso were making hundreds of coffees a day just for the people in the queue alone, and most of it as a result of incredibly kind customer contributions.