Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness Week celebrated

BE KIND (From left) Janice Macleod, Chris Macdonald, Pam Smith, Margie Robb and Sue Maybee were in Bloomfield Thursday preparing the village for the 24th annual Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness week. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Organizers of the annual Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness (VARAK) Week are asking the public to pick up the phone and send a text text, message or call someone today who has touched your life with an act of kindness.

Thankful Thursday is just one of the themes of themes of the VARAK celebrations in the Quinte area taking place this week. The main purpose of the week is to promote positive energy to counteract the negative effects of senseless violence in society.

The Quinte Mall along with Postmedia and Charms Diamond Centres are sponsoring the “Kindness Citizen of the Year Award.” The community is encouraged to nominate individuals who have demonstrated acts of kindness and a draw will be held on Saturday to select the winner.

The Kindness Citizen of the Year will have their name permanently displayed on a Pillar at the Kindness Court in Quinte Mall and will also receive other gifts and prizes.

The week will conclude with Sunday March 15th, as Random Acts of Kindness Day. All citizens are encouraged to open their hearts for the good of others. Random acts of kindness are those special deeds that we can do that take an extra effort of being kind when we are not expected or required to do so.

The VARAK program is offered to 59 area elementary schools and 14 high schools and is made possible by the overwhelming generosity and support of service clubs, local businesses and other organizations within the greater Quinte community. For more information, please visit

-Jason Parks, Staff