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Bicester residents are invited to take part in The Kindness Rocks Project, the movement spreading blessings around the world, by painting, hiding and hunting kindness rocks.
Healthy Bicester, Bicester Rocks Group and Grassroots Bicester have launched Bicester Rocks – The Kindness Rocks Project joining this worldwide campaign aimed at making people smile and feeling more connected with their communities.
The idea is simple: anybody can paint the rocks, preferably writing inspirational messages on it, write the hashtags #BicesterRocks and #TheKindnessrocksproject on the back and randomly leave them across the community for others to find and then keep or re-hide. Those who find them are encouraged to post a picture of the rocks on social media using the hashtags.
“We are excited to launch the Kindness Rocks Project in Bicester alongside Bicester Rocks. It is wonderful how popular the Bicester Rocks movement has become, although it is not entirely surprising – when you start joining in you realise just how addictive it can become.
“Over 3,000 people have already joined our Facebook group, posting pictures of the rocks they find or paint and hide. This means that residents are very keen on nurturing the connection within the community. It is a great way to spread happiness for everyone, of all ages and genders.”
“We started to paint and hide the rocks during the Apple Day in September to support Gill’s initiative that had just started. It was a great success and everybody loved it.
“After doing some research, we found out that this is a movement started in the US in 2015, inspired by TV presenter Oprah Winfrey. It aims at making people feel blessed and it’s now a global movement spreading kindness in every community across the world. Of course, we thought Bicester had to be part of it.”
Cherwell District Council, lead member of the Healthy Bicester initiative, is supporting the movement as it perfectly addresses one of the Six Simple Steps promoted by the Healthy New Town programme, which is “Find something that makes you smile”.
“Bicester Rocks movement has spread very fast in the town and people are enjoying hiding and hunting stones.
“They have become canvasses of hope and kindness, and finding them can really brighten someone’s day a little bit make them feel part of a thriving community.
“Since the Healthy New Town Programme aims at making Bicester an even better place to live, work and play, we feel that this movement is going in that direction and we want to support it through our partnership with Grassroots Bicester and Bicester Rocks Group.”
Grassroots Bicester have also drawn special stones for Healthy Bicester, which have been hidden in the green spaces and along the health routes. Residents who find them are invited to take a picture and post it on social media tagging #Healthy Bicester as well as #BicesterRocks and #TheKindnessRocksProject.
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