A Self Funded 7,000km community led Charitable Kindness Walk across the heart of Europe. Dedicated to achieving at least one act of kindness every single day toward the people we meet
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I am continually searching for Spiritual Enlightenment, and along with my adopted mischievous dog Marley Moo, wander Europe, over 7,000km, on A Kindness Walk. Helping all those around us with simple Acts of Kindness.
The very formality of writing down my acts of kindness has had a tremendous effect on myself. I honestly wasn’t expecting any sort of change or the sort excitement that comes with writing down these acts of kindness. This came as an awesome little side bonus. It seems the more Acts of Kindness I write down the more eagerly I look too see what else I can do to help. It excites me to see who or where I can help next. An almost perfect and natural way to live a life.
I spent a long time as a Buddhist Monk in northern Thailand and during that time I experienced incredible acts of kindness towards myself and the other monks. Seldom did I have the chance to repay the shear amount of good will and kindness towards me, instead I would focus my energy on becoming the best Monk I could possible be, hopefully showing my appreciation. It is through these wonderful Thai people that I learnt truly what Giving and Kindness are about. Kindness must have no attachment of any kind, no wanting something in return. Kindness must be pure of heart, genuine and without a hidden agenda. A true Act of Kindness comes from our hearts and these pure, true acts of kindness are so beautiful and awe inspiring that they have the ability to can change our world one small act at a time. Kindness is powerful
I would love to hear from you
Have you ever kept a kindness diary or journal? And if so How did it make you feel?
Do you regularly do Acts of Kindness? How does that make you feel?
For anyone that hasn’t tried to write an Acts of Kindness diary I would urge you to give it a go and see if it has the same effect on you as it has on me. And for anyone who hasn’t intentionally gone out into the world to preform Acts of Kindness I urge you too get involved, Kindness is infectious and feels awesome to the receiver and the giver.
The little detail that make this 7,000km Kindness Walk just a bit unique is our hand built micro camper we will be pulling the entire distance. Fashioned to look rather like an old gypsy wagon in miniature this will be are home on wheels and enable us to keep our costs down dramatically.
The above photo is a collecting of designs and ideas that we will be building our trailer around. My design wants to be eye catching to attract people to strike up conversations, this should drum up support for our sponsored charity Make-A-Wish.
I have played around with a few trailer designs, trying both a push cart and a pull trailer, until finally settling on the idea of the gypsy wagon. I estimate the build to take around two weeks to complete with a painted finish, possible duck egg blue.
We are at the beginning stages of this walk, the perfect opportunity to join us and follow a brand new travel adventure with a feel good factor. we begin next week in the building of our trailer and have a start date of January 1st 2021 to actually start walking (corona depending.)
This is a Kindness Walk of some 7,000km from Portugal to Istanbul in Turkey with the promise to do one Act of Kindness every single day.
This week has seen the launch of our website and along with it the beginning of our walk. Even though it has taken a while to get this far and to this point, the hard work is only really just starting.
This week has seen our very first donation to the Kindness Pot and we have also received our very first subscribers to our weekly newsletter, full of extra statistical information on our walk as well as regular polls, Marley moo update and a whole lot of other exciting items that you will only get to find out about if you also subscribe.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
As we are at the beginning of our walk we have an incredible amount of work to be done. We have started a training schedule that involves us pulling heavy weights on our already built prototype number 2 trailer. We have only managed 12-13km pulling about 20kg when our first problem has already arisen. As I was going round a corner with a slight camber a wheel catches a bump, and caused, in a slow motion kind of way, the whole trailer to twist rolling out my hands, it cracked a little as it rolled then snapped one of my handles as it came to rest. To make matters worse, in the middle of nowhere, I’ve got no tools on board to fix it. I did find some of that blue twine string that farmers seem to leave everywhere which helped secure the break, and using a rock as improvised hammer restored the handle bars to a decent degree, enabling me and Marley to return home.
We have spent a few days fixing and making sure the training cart is strong enough to proceed with heavy weights. It has also thrown up a few questions about the stability of our future gypsy style hand cart we are building to actually take on our walk. With a few design tweaks, I think we will be able to resolve the issue.
And this why we do practice runs and training walks. We prepare, at least as much as we possible can, especially when your trying something no one has really tried. It’s not like I can look up a YouTube video “how to build a gypsy pull cart and walk around the world” but that’s the challenge I enjoy, walking roads travelled.
Our very first contributor to our Kindness Pot.
Thank you very much to Danial Whiteside for the very first contribution to our Kindness Pot. This humbles me that you guys get what I want to try and achieve. I 100% wholeheartedly believe that nothing else matters more than kindness and compassion towards fellow human and animal alike as well as our environment. This donation spurs me on in believing what I’m doing is the right thing to do. Danial I thank you with all my heart.
Our Kindness Pot is set aside for you the audience to contribute towards our acts of kindness. The hope is that the more of us that join and participate, the more good together we can do. I believe that 2021 is going to be a tough year for a lot of people. The effects of the coronavirus and it financial implications I think will be felt next year more then ever. And this is why kindness matter now more than ever, today we can all start a revolution of kindness across our nations and start making that change to the world that we all so desperately need to see.
Make Kindness your super power
I have the ability to achieve this walk both mentally and physically, however financially I’m unable to proved help for everyone I meet along the way. I have the drive, enthusiasm and belief in this project, it has been almost two years in the making. And I have the platform for anyone that wants to become part of something rather special. Let’s all feel the benefits of kindness as it spreads around our world. Together we hold an enormous amount of power, and together we can make a huge difference in shaping our futures and that of our children.
Our idea is simple with a simple goal. On March 1st 2021 (coronavirus depending) we embark on a self funded charitable walk of some 7,000km across the heart of Europe. A journey with a promise to do one act of kindness for sick, injured or abused animals, the homeless, elderly or poor every single day. What makes this a unique endeavour is our hand built mini camper we will be pulling the entire 7,000km allowing us to attract attention to engage more with people like you, and hopefully raising even more for our chosen charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.
We have a desire to make this a community led project with audience participation, allowing you as the audience to contribute with your advice and knowledge. We seek your participation to guide us along our journey, allowing us to meet the unsung hero’s within your community. We need your help raising our awareness to how we can spread kindness in the most valuable way within your area. With your help, support, encouragement and participation we can evolve into a powerful humanitarian movement bringing about more positivity and kindness to our world in a meaningful and measurable way.
The above map is a rough outline that our 7,000km walk will take, we will pass through 19 countries including, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Germany to name just a few. As we get more and more audience participation and engagement we will become a lot more flexible, allowing us to move off route to engage in person with you and your recommendations. We will be visiting animal shelters, rescue centres, kindness projects and seeking out those unsung hero’s to promote and possibly support the kindness they do. If there is anyone or any organisation you know and would like us to feature please get in contact with us or simply leave a comment below. You, the audience, will steer our 7,000km journey of Kindness.
Who we are
I am Andrew Hallas, often known as Andy, and I’m 47 years old, my faithful yet sometimes mischievous companion on this walk is Marley Moo, my adopted rescue Center dog. Marley moo and myself have been travelling and exploring this beautiful world together now for a few years. In that time marley has become a true companion and is well socialised with both human and animal alike. This is not my first long distance walk or indeed endurance travel by any means and have spent years living and working around the world. I have even spent time as a fully trained Buddhist monk in northern Thailand which has proved to be an catalyst for this event and a very special part of my life indeed.
The kindness and Compassion I experience as a Buddhist monk changed my entire being catapulting me into a life where nothing else matters but compassion and kindness for our fellow human. Since leaving the safety of the monastic environment I have found kindness in everyone I’ve met and realise that now more than ever, the coronavirus has shown us we need to expel fear from our minds and replace it with kindness and compassion for each other. It is now my turn to give back in life all the kindness others have shown me and I see this project as a perfect way to spread a message kindness in a time of desperate need.
Mini camper cart/wagon
We have decided to pull a small cart or hand built mini camper along the entire 7,000km. This allows us to cook our own food making eating cheaper and we are also able wild camp, keeping the costs of this self funded charity walk down to a minimum. The cart or camper also gives valuable space for financial sponsorships and offers an unprecedented and unique opportunity to associate yourself or company with such a good cause.
Our mini camper or pull wagon we are hand building is going to resemble a small gypsy wagon of old. I will be pulling all 40kg of weight the entire 7,000km, maybe I’m mad but I’ve had almost two years of planning to decided to do it another way. I still think this is a great way to interact with the public generating more support for what we are doing.
We have tested a few ideas when it comes to pull wagons or push carts and at the moment I am using the second built pull trailer as a training wagon loading it up on long walks with heavy weight trying to build my leg muscles up before the start date. This has brought up some essential issues and a few problems that we have had to overcome for our final build, ‘Gypsy’ our kindness trailer
How you can help
We have a few ways you can get involved with this unique cause, immediately today. The best thing anyone can do to help is by simply doing an act of kindness right now and Joining our weekly Newsletter & Sharing ouridea on social media, spreading our message to a far larger audience. And who knows your simple act of kindness may change someone’s life dramatically for the better.
Better still why not donate to our main charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, or make a small but priceless donation towards our Kindness Pot. Our kindness pot is used equally in donating in person to Make-A-Wish foundation, putting our money directly into the country we are walking through. Our Kindness Pot also goes into funding our Acts of Kindness that every week we perform towards vulnerable children, the homeless, elderly or towards sick, injured or stray animals.
Maybe your a business owner or even a private individual who sees the massive upside in supporting and being associated with such a worthy cause. In which case, please contact us directly with your marketing requirements. I am sure we can accommodate your needs.