Inspired to bring hope
NEVER underestimate the power a small group of committed people can have in making the world a better place.
This is the message being pushed by Murwillumbah speech and drama teacher Lachlan Glasby.
Mr Glasby, 23, has started Project Inspire, aimed at fostering a positive atmosphere within the country town.
Inspire is a monthly gathering of like-minded individuals who want to support the community and its people. It will hold its second meeting today.
“We started off with 10 people and we are hoping that will grow from month to month.”
The group discussed inspirational stories and formulated a random act of kindness that involved giving a bunch of flowers to an elderly person they had not met before.
“The idea for Inspire came a few months ago when I was having lunch and doing some people-watching,” he said.
“I noticed for a rural town there was not a lot of friendliness in the street unless people knew each other.”
The catalyst for the idea was an encounter at the local supermarket where he offered the last trolley to a woman who was shocked at the simple, polite act.
“We need to get back to the idea that it doesn't cost anything to give a smile,” he said.
“It is a kind of pay-it-forward concept; we are trying to create a ripple effect. It is ambitious, but I know it can happen.”
Up for discussion today will be the concept of goal-setting, how to achieve those goals, as well as improving relationships with others.
And as for that random act of kindness, Mr Glasby is keeping it close to his chest.
“We want to show the small things are what matter. If you want to find out what we'll be doing this month you'll have to come along,” he said.
The group will meet at the Autumn Centre on Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah, today from 10.30-noon.
For information phone 0432 38 76 91.