Libby Gore from ABC Radio interview’s Marie McLeod
In this ABC interview, Libby Gore interviews Marie McLeod who shares her experience of going to Uganda, with her family, to give back to a primary school. Marie’s mother’s one wish for her birthday was to have her 5 kids join her on a trip back to Uganda, a place her Mother had given back to, upon retiring, through writing books for the kids in primary schools.
The family trip to Uganda, giving back and brokering kindness
Marie’s boys loved how their Grandmother gave back but wanted to give back in a way that reflected what they were into, which is soccer. Which raised the question, ‘Could we do something about raising money for sports like soccer?’. Upon investigation they found that soccer kept kids in school as it engaged them and it’s something they loved to do.
Marie’s family let those around them know what they were planning to do and brokered kindness through accepting donations of soccer balls and equipment from the Caufield Cobras and people from their local community.
Marie talks about the importance of kindness and in providing pathways to kindness
Marie touches on the importance of kindness, how kindness is like psychological chocolate, the power of both receiving and giving kindness and delves into how her upbringing and professional life inspired her to create the Kindness Company. The Kindness Company utilises the latest evidence-based strategies from the fields of Positive Psychology and Neuroscience.
Marie explains that back in the day, neighbourhoods were closer, and this type of kindness could occur organically and was more common but now issues like social isolation mean that we need to formally broker this.
The first pilot of the Community Kindness Challenge
Over at South Australia Marie piloted the very first Community Kindness Challenge. The community in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield were invited to a workshop talking about the science of wellbeing and walked through a framework for wellbeing (PERMAH). Explaining how the Challenge operates Marie says, “When you do acts of service for other people using your using your strengths, you’re able to activate all pillars of the PERMAH framework. We set them up with acts of kindness from the community like helping an elderly lady with her garden. They then came back and told their stories and it was a really powerful experience.”