Friday, 13 January 2017

A Good Turn is not just for Christmas!

Clonmel Guide Leader Mena Timoney
pictured with Ryan Tubridy at RTE Studios
It is hard to believe that 2016 is already behind us. As I sat on the couch over the Christmas season reaching for yet another chocolate (just because what you eat during the Christmas season does not count), I started to think about all the work that the Irish Girl Guides had accomplished last year and one that stood out to me was National Good Turn Week.

I was fortunate to be asked to help on this campaign with a group of Leaders who are true purple to the core; they live to be a Girl Guide Leader. The campaign itself was a simple concept - do something nice for another living being without being asked. This concept reached across our ranks from Ladybirds simply folding their pyjamas in the morning to Senior Branch members holding the door for someone in a store. Just simple acts of kindness that may put a smile on someone’s face and, in some cases, it may be the only opportunity they have to smile that day as no-one knows what is going on in someone else’s life. 

It was a fantastic week and the opportunities gained during the preparation stage were enormous. Working with RTE was a highlight for me - seeing a radio advertisement built from start to finish and finally hearing it on the national airwaves was exhilarating. It was a super experience for our Guide and Senior Brancher who recorded the ad.

As the week ended and each of our Guiders gained their badges, I know that every Leader across all our districts (did not mean for that to sound like a scene from the Hunger Games) was
Abigail and Lara recording the National Good Turn Week
ad that aired on RTE Radio 1 and 2FM six times
proud but, to my shame as a Leader, I moved on to our next activity: in my case Christmas crafts.  

It was only when I was at home over the holiday that I realised that the purpose of the campaign was to instil a sense of kindness into each of us; we can be so consumed by our own lives that we forget to be kind to others. That is when I realised that ‘A Good Turn is not just for Christmas’: we should be aiming to do something nice whenever we can.

Hopefully National Good Turn Week’s 84,000 #GoodTurns will turn into 436,800 #GoodTurns in a year!

Finally a few words to think on:

So, do it, decide,
Is this the life you wanted to live?
Is this the best you can be?
Can you be stronger?
Kinder? More Compassionate?
(for those of you who are Greys Anatomy fans, you will recognise Meredith Greys’ words)

~ Mena Timoney, Leader of St Bridget’s Guides, Clonmel 

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