Publish Date: Tuesday 7th March 2017
- Free Programme of Events for All to Enjoy
The 3rd annual Pay It Forward Kindness Festival will take place in Limerick from Saturday 11th to Friday 17th of March with a number of free events and activities designed to highlight the kindness in every part of Limerick city. Details of the Festival were announced at a launch event in Chez le Fab, Arthurs Quay today where Mayor Kieran Hanlon, author Roisin Meaney and other supporters of the festival from the world of business and the arts were in attendance.
The 3rd annual Pay It Forward Kindness Festival will take place in Limerick from 11th to the 17th of March with a number of free events and activities designed to highlight the kindness in every part of Limerick city. Pictured at the launch, from left, was John Cleary, EBS Limerick (William Street), Roisin Meaney, Limerick Author and Liam Toland, PIF Ambassador. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.
From Saturday 11th to Monday 17th March, teams of volunteers, local businesses and the people of Limerick who are embracing Pay it Forward will be busy carrying out intentional acts of kindness. This will include little gestures such as restaurants giving free tea or coffee to a customer or children baking buns and delivering them to the unsung heroes of the community. People who receive these acts of kindness will be encouraged to carry it on in return to someone else, creating the ripple effect.
The action-packed festival programme includes meditation and mindfulness sessions, a kayaking programme and kindness in sport, all of which is free and open to all members of the public. There will be ‘kindness zones’ throughout the city, as well as a family fun day on Bedford Row on Saturday 11th with lots of events such as face painting, dancing, animal petting booth, medical and physio booths and many other surprises.
Michael O’Mahony, Chair of the Pay It Forward committee explained the concept behind the Kindness Festival, “Pay It Forward harnesses the positive momentum and energy of carrying out kind acts. Our aim for the Limerick Kindness Festival is to create a ripple effect; that the ripple will develop into a wave of kindness and that people will continue to carry out acts of kindness for the duration of the festival and throughout the rest of the year. Together we can make Limerick the kindest city in Ireland.”
“Each year we are building on the momentum of the previous year’s success. The feedback that we have received tells us that these interactive experiential activities - where kids, families, people from all backgrounds can get involved – are having a lasting impact. People are enjoying the opportunity to slow down, have the space to be together and embrace kindness,” he continued.
During the launch, Liam Toland, former Munster rugby player and TV presenter, was announced as an ambassador for the Pay It Forward charity. The Unity Gospel Choir were also on hand to help raise the roof for kindness.
Michael O’Mahony concluded, “I would like to pay a special thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers for making this event possible and showing the community spirit alive in our city. I hope everybody will take the opportunity to get involved.”
To download a programme or for further details on the Festival please visit https://payitforwardlimerick.wordpress.com/ , find Pay IT Forward on facebook https://www.facebook.com/PIFLimerick/ or on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat as @PIF_Limerick