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Messages from Vice Chancellor Prof Tim Brailsford and Kindness Week ambassadors

Bond Kindness Week

Bond University will be hosting a new initiative, Kindness Week, which will be held in week 7, from 25 - 29 October.  This week will present an opportunity for students, staff, and alumni to reflect on the nature of kindness.  

We will be celebrating how kindness can improve our lives as well as recognising those within our community who have made a difference through simple acts of kindness. 

Daily Themes

Kindness Week will have a daily theme with activities, resources, tips, and suggestions on how to embrace and honour these themes.  The daily themes are:

Monday - Respect
Tuesday - Inclusiveness
Wednesday - Empathy
Thursday - Generosity
Friday - Courage
World Kindness day (13 Nov) - Ethical

On day 1 of Kindness Week, Vice Chancellor, Prof Tim Brailsford, reflects on respect. 



On day 2 of Kindness Week, Louise Batchelor and Professor Nick James, reflect on inclusiveness. 





On day 3 of Kindness Week, Catherine Marks and Prof Nick Zwar, reflect on empathy.




On day 4 of Kindness Week, Cheryl Jolliffe and Professor Derek Carson, reflect on generosity. 





On day 5 of Kindness Week, Prof Keitha Dunstan & Prof Terry O'Neill, reflect on courage.





Program of Events

To view the program of events for Kindness Week, click the button below. This is a week for students, staff and alumni to celebrate so whether you’re here on the Gold Coast or joining us remotely, you can all participate.  We encourage you all to get involved and find a way to connect with others through the spirit of kindness.


Zoom links for off-campus staff, students and alumni

No matter where you are around Australia or the world, you will be able to take part in Kindness Week.  Zoom links are available for the following sessions. For links and passcodes, please email [email protected].

9am AEST, Tuesday 28 October

12pm AEST, Thursday 28 October

11am AEST, Friday 29 October


Kindness Resources

No matter where you are in the world, you can take part in the Bond Kindness Challenge.

Kindness means something different to everyone, so you are welcome to carry-out your own ideas. You can do this activity in your own time throughout the day.

Before you begin the challenge, mark your happiness level using the scale on the PDF (download below). Embark on your kindness journey and tick off each act of kindness you undertake.

Once you have carried out as many acts of kindness as you can, rate your happiness again. Then spend sometime to reflect on any changes in how you are feeling.

Write a journal entry (page 3 & 4 of PDF) on the impact you think these acts of kindness have had on you and the people you were kind to. If you are open to sharing, please send your journal entry to [email protected].


This is a meaningful activity you can undertake to learn to be kinder to yourself.


Print out this daily reminder which lists 7 acts of kindness you can carry out for others.


Print out this daily reminder which lists 7 ways you can be kinder to yourself daily.


Write a message of kindness on this card and pass it on to a friend, colleague or stranger.


Kindness message from Meixi Yao, a Bondy in China

Why Kindness Week?

We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.  

It is a known fact that one act of kindness can lead to many more. This is the type of chain reaction that we hope to inspire the whole of our Bond community as we discover our connection to each other and extend kindness to ourselves.  

If you would like more information or have any ideas on how we can celebrate Kindness Week please email [email protected].