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Coast Local Urges Us To 'Do A Good Deed'

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A Maroochydore man is encouraging us to 'Do A Good Deed'.  

Chris Walker is based on the Sunshine Coast, but stresses that the intention is for this to go worldwide.  

He said the “Do A Good Deed Challenge” was created in Orange, New South Wales in 2015, to impact the way people think and feel.  He said there is a lot of negativity in the world, so he is trying to put some positive energy out there.

He wanted to create awareness of how powerful an act of kindness can be and how it can even save a life and he managed to get 30,000 people from all over the world involved in its inaugural year.  

Chris explained that it "was sparked from my experiences in life growing up with no father and a mother with spina bifida along with a few other interesting stories along the way".  

Chris's dad left when he was born and he said that gave him a drive to help other people either through his business or events like 'Do A Good Deed'.

He said the idea is to encourage people to "do better things and be better people and inspire more people to be better".

Chris said he feels like "in this day and age, a lot of people are just forgetful in a sense".

"Kindness is something you see around, but when you do see it, it's a unique thing, it's kind of a 'unicorn' moment" he said.

Chris said he would like to see acts of kindness become something that we do every day.

He said he feels like everyone has their own story and will get through life in their own way.

He said he never expected 'Do A Good Deed' to be received the way it was. People shared and re shared it and the whole thing spiraled out of control.

He gave examples of good deeds, including a man in Sydney who owned an ice cream truck, who gave away free ice cream for a day. Then there were the removalists who helped a single mother move all her belongings into a new house at short notice, for free.

Chris said he spent a few years in London and hosted the event there as well but said it wasn't as big a turnout, there were around 5,000 involved.

Then he moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2018 and numbers dropped to around 200 and he realised he had a fair amount of work to do to make up for lost time.

He is keen to see 100,000 people get involved, posting a video or photo on the event page to show what they are doing and get other people involved.

"In the past I have done a few good deeds around town with local businesses involved, which has helped encourage a more local demographic to get involved.

He likes to ask the following questions, "If you could improve the world for a day would you do it"?  If you could help someone change their life for the better would you help"?  

The aim of this challenge is to do a random act of kindness for a stranger, friend or family member to help people remember that it takes two seconds to help improve someone's day.  It could be as simple as smiling at someone to brighten their day.

All you need to do is simply do a good deed and post what you did on the Facebook event page.  

The “Do A Good Deed Challenge” has been run in Orange in New South Wales, London in England and on the Sunshine Coast in 2018.

In 2019, Chris's dream is to rope in 100,000 people.

The event runs from July 22 to 29.

Click here to check out the event on Facebook.  

By Michelle Price

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