Michelle Boundy says what the world needs now is kindness.
After her son was king hit on a night out in Newcastle two years ago, Michelle has learned that what matters most is banding together.
“I’m lucky my boy got to come home,” she said.
“What I want to ask everyone out there though is, when it gets ugly, what do you do? Do you just walk past?”
“We shouldn’t have to wait for a disaster to join together.”
After 34 years of working in government, including time spent establishing health and wellbeing reforms for staff, Michelle says she is ready to be the face of kindness for the city.
“I wanted to do something Newcastle had never seen before,” she said.
“We need this now more than ever, we know our city is incredibly kind in times of crisis and it is now time to show care for one another every day.”
Michelle is planning to walk 50 kilometres along Newcastle’s Bathers Way to promote kindness in the community.
“I’ll be walking from Merewether to King Edward Park and back to raise money for the Stay Kind organisation,” she said.
“It might take me 10 hours to do it but I think it’s a really important message that needs to be shared.”
Michelle will be joined by several prominent supportive community members, including NSW Police Superintendent Matt Appleton, Newcastle State Tim Crakanthorp and Sydney father Ralph Kelly, who lost his son Thomas in 2012 to a king hit in Kings Cross.
“People want a human connection now more than ever,” Michelle said.
“By making a public show of kindness we are hoping to promote the need for kindness in the community every single day.
“Are you going to get involved and do something?”
To mark World Kindness Day on Friday 13 November, Michelle, who was recently named Community Champion for the Stay Kind Foundation, will showcase Newcastle’s stunning coastline to her extensive social media audiences both in NSW and overseas.
She is urging the community to create a team and join her on her walk, donate to the cause, or sponsor her walk.