The meaning of Being Kind

by daniella 

There are around 2,200 suicides every year due to bullying. For every one suicide, there are 100 attempts. It is the third leading cause of death among young people. My goal is not to get this number to zero but if I can just save one person’s life, or make one person smile, then my entire project will be worth it.

In my age group, ages 10-14, girls are at a higher risk of suicide. This terrified me because all of my friends are in this age group. I also know how hard it is to be a teenage girl today, with society having so many expectations when someone picks on you, it is not easy.

For the first part of my project, I decided to sell a T-shirt designed by me, to spread kindness. The profits have been donated to two amazing organizations: WIZO & Words Count. By donating to Words Count, we were able to create and fill the Kindness ATM for the first time. The goal now is to repeat this project multiple times.

I wanted to do this project because I don’t think anyone should have to suffer from being bullied. There is only so much I can do to help someone being bullied but one thing I can do is make them smile. I wouldn’t wish for anyone to be bullied, not even someone who has been a bully. I do however think that bullies should know how much they could be hurting someone.

Most bullies don’t realize how much they have affected someone’s life until they can’t fix it. Bystanders aren’t aware of the difference they could have made either.

I believe in kindness, true beauty and most importantly, I believe in you and me.

I believe in the difference you and I can make.

Use kind words, make the world a brighter place.

 

Sources:
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html
http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/related-topics/index.html
https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-bullying

 
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