It’s RAK Day!

September 1st is New Zealand’s Random Acts of Kindness Day. A day that started in 2005, it’s been amazing how NZ has not only been the only country in the world to have a national RAK Day, but embraced it in every corner of the country!

From businesses and schools to churches and individuals planning to do something randomly kind for someone else on September 1st, we have been raising the kindness temperature in NZ for 13 years and now, “random acts of kindness” are part of our every day vernacular.

There’s loads of stuff happening all over the country and we’d love to hear what you’re up to. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

On here you’ll find ideas to get you started, a bit about why on earth we started this day in NZ, and some free downloadable resources to print out little ‘You’ve been RAK’d’ cards and give them out with your own random act.

RAK on, Megan x



22 thoughts on “It’s RAK Day!

  1. This is such an awesome idea. A couple of years ago I had someone stepforward and pay for me to have surgery so I wasn’t sitting on the waiting list for ages. After the surgery, she rung and told me that it was a gift and didn’t want to be repaid.
    I was completely blown away by this, so to pay her back, I have been paying it forward to one person a week since then.

  2. Any one out there able to do a random act of kindness for my lovely 29 year old Daughter Brittany? She has an intellectual Disability and also suffers badly from Schizophrenia. She has been very down of late and lonely and missing having Friends. She loves getting mail, but rarely gets any:( Anyone able to send her a Christmas card or short note? Would just love to see a smile back on her face! Thanks so much if you can help! Our address is Brittany Prestidge
    34 Ngatitoa Street
    Tawa, Wellington
    New Zealand. 5028

  3. It was great. I paid for the coffee of the person behind me and she followed on by doing the same. While waiting for my coffee, word had got round and people were still doing it when I left. Warm fuzzies 🙂

  4. Hi, I had never heard of this before so you can imagine my surprise to see this advertisement. I think this act of encouraging children acts of random kindness is important to their everyday lives, as I have always done this with my children when they were young and now they are passing it on to their children. eg. Christmas was a tradition to make gingerbread men for their school friends and more for visitors that happened to showup on our door step.. Randomly invite people they knew were alone for christmas to share lunch. If not we made up little parcels and took them to people for a treat. Easter hunt was anotha treat by decorating boiled eggs, placing the our street for everyone to join in the fun.. etc… Today they are in jobs that deal with people and have a heart to always keep encouraging others… Motto. One Act of Kindness Can Make A Huge Difference: It can built and restore a village. 🙂

  5. I love this – I am a teacher and my class do pass on the kindness each day. We have a container that the children can choose little cards from and do the act that is written on the card. The children have been writing their own cards for the other children to choose. We love this clip:

  6. Hi,
    My kids and I have done RAK day for a few years now. We have previously handed out daffodils to people, cupcakes and when the kids were smaller we made cardboard daffodils that they gave to students and teachers at their school. This year we are going to do something a little different. The kids and I are going to make morning tea (either cupcakes or chocolate brownie) to take to organisations and businesses that make a difference in our community, just to say, “thanks” we appreciate what you do. I feel very strongly that our kids are part of this, so they get to see how good it feels to help others and to show appreciation.

  7. I came to know about NZ RAK DAY only yesterday through East n’ Bays Courier. I was so thrilled to know that something like this is there in NZ. I am a person who had been implementing ‘RAK ideas’ from around aged 10 in a significant way. These ideas can surely change parents, kids, families, friends, societies, nations and the world. I have done it in Sri Lanka. Now I am in NZ for 15 months. I love this country. This is one of the most blessed countries in the world. RAK ideas can make this lovely country truly awesome. Congratulations ! for all the hard work for the past 9 years.
    Josh de Jong, Marshall Gray and everyone else………………….you are so great.

  8. I am Sening an email NOW to my teacher, my friends and family, just to be nice.
    Also im trying to get my Mom (who ironicly, is also named Megan) to help me make some cake/muffins/slice

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