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Celebration for ‘The Bridge of Kindness’ in Thornbury

The following press release is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club
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PRESS RELEASE - November 9, 2021                                                            

Celebration for ‘The Bridge of Kindness’ in Thornbury

 

On Saturday, November 13th, the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary club will host a ceremony to rename the trestle bridge on the Georgian Trail behind the Town Hall, to “The Bridge of Kindness”.

THORNBURY, Ont. – November 9, 2021 – The Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary club (TCR) will host a ceremony to rename the historic trestle bridge on the Georgian Trail behind the Town Hall, to “The Bridge of Kindness” on World Kindness Day, November 13th.

Renaming the bridge for one year is a part of TCR’s Community Kindness Challenge initiative. It received support from the Georgian Cycle and Ski Trail Association, Beaver Valley Outreach and Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce. The Blue Mountains Council approved the temporary name change on October 4th.

Mayor Soever will attend the ceremony and cut the ribbon to open The Bridge of Kindness which will have new Kindness banners flying at both ends. “Over the past two years, our community has come together supporting one another through challenging times,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “Renaming the trestle bridge to The Bridge of Kindness reinforces our community’s values, demonstrates our dedication to promoting kindness across the community, and serves as a reminder to us all to embrace our differences and act with kindness everyday.”

TCR initiated the Community Kindness Challenge and its theme “Our Community Runs on Kindness” along with the distinctive wheel of hearts logo this past summer. Its aim is to leverage the scientifically proven effect of repeated acts of kindness on the doer’s overall well-being as a way of responding to the stressful impact of Covid-19 on everyone in our community. TCR also believes in the positive power of applying kindness fully – to oneself, to others and to all of nature – in today’s world where mental health, diversity and inclusion, and the protection of the environment are all very much top of mind.

Canada is one of 27 member nations in the World Kindness Movement whose mission “is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness by connecting nations to create a kinder world”. This movement launched World Kindness Day in 1998 as a day to promote acts of kindness so as to create a positive and compassionate environment towards all living creatures and to promote peace.

TCR hopes that the community will see The Bridge of Kindness as not only a place of local natural beauty and serenity but also as a reminder of the importance of kind acts, no matter how small, in making our community, and the world, a better place for all.

 

 

The public is invited to join in the festivities which will begin at 11 a.m. and will include music and the first TCR Community Kindness awards to several local residents. Details about the TCR kindness initiative can be found at https://www.tcrotary.ca/community-kindness-challen.cfm.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Palma Barbieri         palma.barbieri@gmail.com           1-647-262-7961