700 acts of kindness in one year

TO celebrate the 700th anniversary of its Charter, Olney residents are being challenged to complete 700 acts of kindess in 365 days. The acts do not have to be huge endeavours, but rather something that will bless the recipient, enhance their well being and create happiness.

Your act may be as simple as offering to hold a door open for someone, or it might be something more demanding such as digging a friend’s garden, the potential is endless. However it should be something that is done for free without expectation of financial reward.

The Revd Claire Wood, the Rector of Olney, says: “To celebrate the granting of our charter by Edward II in 1366, to hold a church fair (now known as the Cherry Fair), I invite you to take part in the Olney Acts of Kindness Challenge. Imagine if each person, or group in this town were to spend the next year in completing acts of kindness. The gift to the town and the lives of those who live, work and study in Olney would be a remarkable blessing.”

Claire challenged individuals and groups to complete the 700 acts. “I would underline that there is no limit on the number of acts you may wish to undertake. Schools, preschools, nurseries, sports clubs, voluntary organisations, businesses, churches and individuals are all welcome to participate.”

On Saturday 7 May at 1:30pm at St Peter and St Paul’s Church is holding a special event to celebrate the anniversary of the charter, and to mark the beginning of the Olney Acts of Kindness Challenge.