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RAOK round-up #5

RAOK round-up documents the random acts of kindness or volunteerism that we have been able to do for others over the last month. Our focus is to do something for someone each week. Listing them here celebrates this goal, and we hope may help to make you more mindful of what you have to give too.

 

Winter is here and city Night Market is no longer, as it is in hiatus until Spring.

So we have the opportunity of looking at different RAOK ideas that we may be able to do for the one or two people that organically come across our path, instead of the extreme challenge of finding kindnesses that can be scaled up to 300 people. 

Hence our list may be shorter but our intent no less sincere:

 

  • Were able to drop off a few meals to a (homeless) guy
  • Gave away popcorn-to-share packs to 55 people/families =>
  • Handed out 150 balloons and 60 packets of sweets at the last Night Market
  • Headed to the inner city skate park to give away another 20 packets of sweets
  • Sat in a supermarket carpark to give sweets to 20 people who were loading their cars after shopping
  • Vega continues to waitress each week at the Welcome Wednesday cafe and I (Electra) tend the coffee bar
  • Castor found a coin and decided that as his brother had less in his money box, he would split it in a way they both had the same amount each
  • Pollux gifted Kita one of his own toys
  • Castor gave Kita a coin he found to start his money box
  • Bought some tea pots, strainers, and utensils to donate to the Welcome Wednesday cafe
  • Stopped to give directions to another pedestrian
  • Returned property to a  shop, that was found further down the street

Supplied with a 1/4c (approx 55-60g)  kernels

 

Today I have some tips for those contemplating using bubbles (in a public place) as their RAOK.

Bubbles are sticky.  Bubble mixture gets everywhere.  Lots of bubbles can be slippery.

We used a bubble machine as well as containers and blowing wands.  The machine requires batteries and thick bubble mixture (commonly sold with it).  

If you are using the tradtitional breath-blown option stop often and inhale so you don't pass out.

Neither are all that effective if there is more than a light breeze - the bubbles pop or are hard to control.

Even though we trialled the machine at home for 10-15 minutes before taking it out, it started stripping it's cogs or something that sounded similar just a short while into our RAOK at the Night Market, requiring a quick trip home for the receipt and to get it replaced.  Not a great start when you have little children in the middle of twirling in flights of fancy who walk away disappointed - that is not the effect we wanted.

If you are using a machine, raising it up at least a metre off the ground will help prevent the ground in front of it getting slippery from too many popped bubbles.  You don't want little children falling over as they run to pop them.  The bubbles come out thick and fast so make sure you are in an open space around 4-5 metres from anything that could be damaged by the detergent.  With continuous use the 6 AA batteries lasted us an hour and a half apporoximately..  Bubble machines are very thirsty.

If you are blowing bubbles the old-fashioned way, we found that a thick straw (10-12mm diameter) was more efficient than the standard wand with round holes to blow through.  We were able to use our homemade bubble mixtures for this.

We gathered all our supplies (machine), containers, refill mixture, batteries, screwdriver (for getting into the bubble machine) etc into a large lidded bucket, which worked well.  I included some water too for washing up and taking care of accidental spills.