It’s been two years of turmoil for school kids, who are desperate to get back to their friends. So this year, as kids (hopefully) head back for a fabulous year of fun and learning, they’re being asked to spread kindness.
And it’s as simple as using their pocket money to buy a Choose Kindness keyring from Smiggle for just $2. Not only will the keyring be a daily reminder to be kind, but the proceeds are being donated to Dolly’s Dream.
Dolly’s Dream was started by Kate and Tick Everett, after they lost their beautiful 14-year-old daughter Dolly to suicide, after ongoing bullying. The devastated parents wanted to make a positive impact by changing the culture of bullying and help support children suffering from the impacts of bullying.
The organisation helps to support schools and provides educational resources to parents as well as providing a free counselling service.
“We’re asking Australian kids to use their pocket money to buy a keyring, and maybe one for a friend, and display them on their bag as a tangible reminder to be kind throughout the year,” Dolly’s Dream manager, Stephen Bendle, said.
“The hope is that sharing this message of choosing kindness reminds all kids to look after their friends and classmates, to be kind and to speak even if their voice shakes.”
Kids are also being asked to take the Kindness Pledge in Smiggle stores, and get their free Kindness Certificate. It’s the perfect time to talk to kids about bullying and cyber bullying, as they head back to school. For some children, school can be a place of fear, rather than inclusiveness and learning.
“After the last couple of years, young people are online more than ever before, and awareness and prevention of bullying has never been as important. No one deserves to be bullied or hurt,”said psychologist and Advisory Board Member of Dolly’s Dream, Dr Charlotte Keating.
If you, or someone you know is struggling, they can get confidential help from a trained counsellor on the Dolly’s Dream Support Line: 0488 881 033.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.