St. Aubin festival proves success
by Tony Bellows
ON 19th September, Jersey hosted its first ever Kindness Festival, thanks to the island-based organisation Kindness Connects. The event took place along the harbour at St Aubin between 10am and 4.30pm.
An estimated 1,500 people attended the event, which was held to recognise the work undertaken by the Island's charities. A total of 21 charities attended the day-long event, which also featured entertainment from local singers and a magician
Brian Clarke, the Kindness Connects founder was pleased with success of the event.
"We had a constant stream of people coming through all the time, which was absolutely brilliant" he told La Baguette, "An atmosphere of loving kindness permeated the whole thing – it was totally joyful in every way."
"It was an opportunity for the charities to meet and greet a great deal of people who they don't normally get to speak to. It was something completely different to what the Island is used to and I know that some of the charities gained volunteers and that there were a huge number of meaningful conversations. It was generally a really fun afternoon - we had a wonderful magician and the brilliant Hot Bananas singers, who sung their socks off."
Every visitor received a free kindness card to encourage acts of compassion, community and care, with the idea of passing the card on to others as a reward for their act of kindness.
As part of the Festival, a labyrinth as a healing walk was drawn on the sand at La Haule. Passers by came down the slipway and walked the Labyrinth. As one said, 'it was a longer walk than I expected and it gave me time for a new thought to come into my mind. A good experience.'
Following the success of the festival, Kindness Connects will attempt to make the event into a more regular occurrence.