Our Gold Coast Anglicare Home and Community Services clients spent the morning with the children at Amaze Education for B Kinder Day.
In May 2016, 12-year-old Billie Kinder died in a tragic accident. Billie was an extraordinary girl in that she had the gift of giving. She gave through her smile, her thoughtfulness, her constant acts of kindness and her amazing gift of words.
Through Billie’s empathy and insight, her B Kinder legacy empowers and inspires others and reminds us all that our actions matter and that we each have the power to make a difference through human kindness. Through the B Kinder initiative, flyhighbillie is having a huge, positive impact on young people’s lives.
“I met Billie’s parents when I was working up at Airlie Beach back in the ’90s and have been friends with their family since then,” Gold Coast Home and Community Lifestyle Assistant Elizabeth Spong said.
“One of Billie’s dreams was to write a book, so after Billie died, her family put together a collection of her poems, stories and artwork into a wonderful book called Hope.”
Liz said it was great to see Anglicare clients connect with the children from Amaze Education and is looking forward to continuing the partnership for many years to come.
“It was such an amazing experience. Our clients, staff and children interacted so well with one another and seeing the joy on their faces was heartwarming,” she said.
“Our clients were so grateful to receive cards from the children and they in turn enjoyed receiving a beautiful sunflower each.”
Liz described Billie as a “compassionate, thoughtful, caring, talented and intelligent girl who believed she could make a difference in the world.”
“With the annual B Kinder Day event on 22 June, her family’s hope is that more people will get involved and encourage others to spread kindness like Billie always wished,” she said.
“Through purchasing Billie’s Hope book or cards, proceeds will go towards developing workbooks for primary schools that teach children compassion, empathy and kindness.
“Since flyhighbillie was established, I have volunteered with them and have been involved with the charity and B Kinder Day in particular.
“I would like to thank Amaze Education at Mudgeeraba for allowing us to spend the morning with them and I would also like to thank Lifestyle Team Leader Rachelle Montgomery for always supporting flyhighbillie and for making initial contact with Amaze Education, as well as all our staff for supporting the event.”
First published on the Anglicare Southern Queensland website on 22 June 2022.Jump to next article