Cool to Be Kind: Random Acts and How to Commit Them

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In August of 2002 four 20-something friends from Victoria packed a motor home and embarked upon a three-month non-profit marathon known coast to coast as The Extreme Kindness Tour. Their mission: to commit as many random acts of kindness in as many Canadian communities as possible. From mile zero to St. John’s, the boys staffed soup kitchens, broke horses, roofed houses, delivered flowers, sang songs, visited hospitals, raised funds, and staged rallies determined to make someone’s day and encourage them to Pay ...
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Overview


In August of 2002 four 20-something friends from Victoria packed a motor home and embarked upon a three-month non-profit marathon known coast to coast as The Extreme Kindness Tour. Their mission: to commit as many random acts of kindness in as many Canadian communities as possible. From mile zero to St. John’s, the boys staffed soup kitchens, broke horses, roofed houses, delivered flowers, sang songs, visited hospitals, raised funds, and staged rallies determined to make someone’s day and encourage them to Pay It Forward, connecting the world through kindness. The crew originally documented their transCanadian adventures on a global Web show at extremekindness.com; here they offer testimonials, resources, and inspiration for those ready to hit the road with kind acts of their own.
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Editorial Reviews

Vancouver Sun
Make someone happy. Val Litwin, Brad Strokes, Erik Hanson and Chris Bratseth, the twentysomething guys who did an Extreme Kindness Tour across Canada two years ago, have written a book about their exploits...
Globe and Mail
Even the jaded should find these four remarkable young people an inspiration if the story doesn't shame them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550226522
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Val Litwin, Chris Bratseth, Brad Stokes, and Erik Hanson speak at conferences, schools, and clubs about the Kindness revolution. They all live in Victoria, British Columbia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006

    Awaken others to the necessity

    It was the Dalai Lama who said, ¿Kindness is my religion.¿ No matter how spiritual we may think we are, if we are not genuinely aware of our potential for kindness and exercise it often, we are falling short of the mark. Being kind is a heart-felt action and one that transcends culture, class, language, sex and religion. It is the great equalizer. Four young University of Victoria men knew how essential this equalizer is on the planet today and knew that they could awaken others to its necessity. Calling themselves the Kindness Crew, they planned and executed a three- month, cross-Canada, motorhome-driven Extreme Kindness Tour in 2002 that put the importance of kindness back on the map! From roofing to dishwashing, from garbage collecting to hugging, these four enthusiastic youths modeled random acts of kindness everywhere they went. And what did they ask in exchange? To pay it forward. The ripple effect of paying it forward meant that their contribution in town after town could be the mere beginnings of a greater kindness generated by the community itself. Their Canadian tour was recorded by all four men - Val Litwin, Erik Hanson, Chris Bratseth and Brad Stokes - as their diarized story Cool to be Kind: Random Acts and How to Commit Them. Sponsored by anyone and everyone, the Extreme Kindness Tour was successful in accomplishing what it had set out to do. And that was just the beginning¿.

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