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Sunday 26 October 2014

Local behind Random Acts of Kindness Nominations

Margaret Roddy

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:20

A Dundalk man living in Australia is believed to be one of the movers behind a campaign aimed at encouraging people to engage in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) instead of the dangerous Nek Nominations internet drinking challenge which led to the death of a young man in County Carlow.

A Dundalk man living in Australia is believed to be one of the movers behind a campaign aimed at encouraging people to engage in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) instead of the dangerous Nek Nominations internet drinking challenge which led to the death of a young man in County Carlow.

The Facebook page RAK Nominations, which has attracted almost 23,000 likes since it was set up on February 3, urges people to carry out random acts of kindness, video it and then upload the footage, while inviting two friends to do the same.

There's been a huge response to the call to have RAK nominations replace the infamous Nek Nominations craze which have been blamed for deaths in Australia, Ireland and England, with a number of RAK nomination pages on Facebook as well as RAK trending on Twitter.

Individuals from all over the world are joining in, uploading footage of themselves donating meals to the homeless, buying flowers for strangers, or volunteering in charity shops.

Dundalk restaurant California Burrito has pledged to donate their takings from Saturday, February 15, to Dundalk Simon Community.

Writing on their Facebook page they say: 'The weather is really doing a number on all people all over the country, but especially on the homeless. So as a small gesture, and we know its only small, we are giving the Simon Community in Dundalk the complete Days takings for Saturday 15th February. Please share and come in and support us and them. We are giving a bit of notice to drum up a little bit of Facebook awareness. Remember: Its the little things we do that make a difference.'

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