A NATIONAL campaign has been launched to encourage acts of kindness on St Andrew's Day (Saturday, November 30).
Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, Ben Macpherson, helped start the campaign by handing out post-it notes at Glasgow’s Buchanan Street subway station suggesting kind acts passers-by could carry out.
He said: "St Andrew’s Day is a perfect opportunity for everyone in Scotland to celebrate our national day in an inclusive, compassionate, internationalist spirit, and to affirm the shared values that unite us.
"I would encourage everyone to carry out #onekindact by either attending one of the many events taking place across the country or by engaging in an act of kindness of their own.
"Coming together to do one kind act to make someone’s day showcases our kindness, inclusivity and compassionate spirit to the world."
Supported with £400,000 from the Scottish Government, Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme encourages communities to come together in celebration of Scotland’s national days, including Hogmanay and Burns Night.
The Scottish Government has also teamed up with the Fair Saturday Foundation for a second year with a programme of more than 100 nationwide events set to raise valuable funds for deserving social causes. Fair Saturday invites people to enjoy the arts and culture and contribute to positive social change as an antidote to the consumerism of Black Friday.
Ceilidhs Against Walls is one such fundraising event for Highlands Support Refugees at Old High Church Hall, Inverness from 3-5pm on St Andrew's Day. The event will include a ceilidh dance workshop, an Arabic language workshop, musical performances from local children and from a Syrian musician and refugee, local and Syrian food, and a raffle.
Those unable to make it along to an event can visit onescotland.org to find out about other ways to make someone’s day this St Andrew’s Day. They include: speaking to an elderly neighbour; holding the door open for someone; offering help to someone; treating someone to a coffee or tea; and letting someone go in front in a queue.
Fair Saturday Director and Founder Jordi Albareda said: "Whether you do one small act of kindness for another person, or head along to one of the more than 100 Fair Saturday events happening across the country, your actions can have a real impact on someone else’s life."