Pay it Forward Day & Beyond 04.03.2008
Over the past couple of years, Pay it Forward Day changed many thousands of lives. We saw some amazing examples of kindness and generosity and the ripple effect began. A couple of examples included:
- A complete stranger paid $10,000 so that one lady could have a liver operation that she could not afford
- One lady contacted a hospital to see if there were any needy families that could use some flights which she wouldn't be able to use. As a result one family was able to travel across Australia to be with their very sick family member in hospital.
- A handicapped lady had a 10 minute neck and shoulder massage and left money and a PIFD card so the next person could have a massage for free.
- One boy noticed a car was just about to receive a ticket. He asked his mum if he could top up the parking meter to stop the person getting booked. It saved someone a $79 fine.
There is overwhelming support for the initiative this year. We are lucky to have many Champions who are getting on board from a number of countries and organisations around the globe. Together we can change the world - one good deed at a time.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the day and other information as to what is involved.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
As a Pay It Forward Champion what kind of time commitment is involved:
Minimal. All that is needed is forwarding the email flyer to friends and colleagues plus sending some Pay it Forward cards to those who want to get involved. (The cards can either be printed directly off the website or an address can be provided so I can send you the amount you need) - Those who would like to do more to promote the day and help out with PR etc. can help create an even bigger ripple effect. (Some champions in 2007 and 2008 were on radio and newspapers in other states telling many others about the day) I respect your time and know that all the Champions have varying amounts of time that they can put into a day like this. Anything that you can do to support the day would be appreciated.
What is it going to cost to be involved as a Champion?
Nothing. You don't need to spend anything, but you can if it means helping someone in need.
Shouldn't we Paying it Forward Every Day?
Yes, absolutely. Many people, however, get 'caught up' in the busyness of life and lose sight of the positive difference that one can make. Pay it Forward Day is unique in that everyone can get involved - regardless of age, background or wealth. Each deed can be as big or small as the person wants to make it.
I'm just one person, can I really make a difference?
The difference you can make is phenomenal. Your good deed or even just a warm smile can brighten someone's day. That person is more likely to brighten other people's days with their attitudes and then the ripple effect continues. Imagine if everyone got involved in Paying it Forward - the world would be a far happier, caring place.
This would be a great thing for my children to get involved with at school. Are schools getting involved?
Yes, they are. The initiative forms part of schools values education and teaches children some important lessons about the Power of Giving. There are some 300 schools around the world participating. School teachers, parents and students are encouraged to visit the website and rally support around the initiative. The schools kit (downloadable free from the official website makes it very easy for schools to get involved)
Pay it Forward Day
April 30, 2009
The Ripple Effect Continues
Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going. One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people. Please join with me on Thursday 30th April and ‘Pay It Forward.’
How it Works?
Do between one and three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. Instead the recipient should be instructed to pay it forward to someone else in need and be given a Pay It Forward Card (downloadable from www.payitforwardday.com). There are 24 boxes on the back of the card so each card has the potential for 24 good deeds being completed. The Pay it Forward part can be completed at each person’s discretion and any time after ‘Pay It Forward Day’.
Sample Good Deeds
- Giving someone a gift
- Giving up your seat on a bus or a train for someone else
- Not charging a client for work
- Buying a train or bus ticket for a stranger
- Paying the toll for the car behind you
- Giving flowers to a sick person in hospital
- Cleaning someone’s car
- Weeding a friend’s garden
- Buying a gift for a sick child in hospital
- Donating money to your favourite charity
- Offering a homeless person some food vouchers
- Giving a struggling family some help
The deed can be as big or small as you would like to make it.
Why Pay It Forward?
- There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – it is a shame that not enough people have experienced it to the fullest. Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life, giving to someone else.
- To encourage us to embrace the incredible power of giving.
- To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.
‘It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.’
Make a difference and experience the true power of giving on Friday 30h April, 2009. Join with me and let's see how far 'Pay It Forward Day' can go! Thank you for your support and your valuable time.
Director of Life Changing Experiences Foundation & Inspire Consulting
"From what we get we make a living, from what we give we make a life."