A day to spread kindness

OKT celebrated World Kindness Day this year with a creative, community volunteering event. For the last 24 years, this international day has been observed in many countries and serves as a reminder to all that simple acts of compassion and giving have the power to create a kinder world. On Sunday 14 November, over 40 volunteers came together to brighten the lives of people in need in the broader community, through a variety of craft, art and baking activities hosted by OKT at Kehilat Nitzan.

Participants used their creative talents to make 185 bookmarks for women in prison, dress and package 64 care dolls for dementia and Alzheimer patients, decorate and plant 109 succulents for residents of aged care, and bake 50 fruit muffins to be shared with people experiencing homelessness in St Kilda. These handmade gifts were then distributed to the needy via OKT’s charity partners, including: The Prison Network, the Kehilat Nitzan/Father Bob Maguire Foundation Food Van and Gary Smorgan House.

This inclusive community day brought together a range of volunteers across all ages and abilities in the spirit of kindness and compassion, including residents living with disabilities from Manders Villas. At the event David Southwick MP also presented Vivienne Golabek (OKT's Co-President) with the Local Hero Award in recognition of her tireless community impact work supporting underprivileged women, children and families.

“To see the smiles and hear the laughter and camaraderie of everyone who attended was incredibly heart-warming”, said Liz Davidson, OKT Founder and Co-President. “What I’ve seen over the last couple of years has highlighted that everyone deep down wants to show kindness towards the vulnerable in our community, and those who attended today were thrilled at the opportunity to be able to contribute. We had mums bring their kids, partners of volunteers come along and residents from Manders Villas all participate, and that was truly special”.

Special thanks you to Community Bank Caulfield Park, Bunnings Warehouse, Kehilat Nitzan, Delicate Days (Lea-Anne Mills), Joshua Davidson and Susie B, David Golabek, Maurice Klein, Sheryl Sacher, Dannyella Levin, Viv Golabek and Jacqui Dubs.