“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana

In a small society such as Barbados, it should be fairly easy to identify those who may be in need of some form of assistance. However, with our individual lifestyles and daily routines these persons tend to slip between the cracks, but the truth is they are closer to you than you think.

Take a look around your neighbourhood, your office or your church and right there you will see the single mother struggling, probably in silence, to provide for her children. Look again and you may finally notice the old lady just a few houses away from yours, who lives alone, suffering from the aches and pains that can come with old age. Has she eaten today, or for the last two days? And just down the street there is a little boy, living in a home with five other siblings. He strives to get 100 per cent at school, but can’t seem to make it past 60. If only his family could afford extra lessons to help him get there.

It does not take a millionaire or a registered charity to assist these persons, but a single act of kindness could go a long way in bringing some much needed relief. While you may already have a busy schedule, it will only take a minute to drop in and ask “Do you need help with anything?”

During the month of September, and beyond, the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat encourages all Barbadians to make a pledge to perform a random act of kindness. Reach out to someone in need of an extra hand, visit someone who may not be physically able to come out, make a joke with someone who is going through a hard time or buy lunch for a coworker who is too busy to go out and do so.

Your kind gestures, while seemingly unrewarded, may actually go much further than you expect and when you least expect, someone may do the same for you.