Fayetteville competes in Compassion Games

Fayetteville is one of 20 cities competing in this year’s Compassion Games, an outreach initiative that aims to help make communities safer, kinder, and better places to live.

The program is led by the Charter for Compassion, a project based on Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish to revive and advance the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The basic idea of the Compassion Games is to see which city can rally the most acts of kindness and general goodness for 11 days, from Sept. 11-21.

There are several ways to participate locally. Individuals can either perform a Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion to receive a secret mission each day. Each act recorded on the Compassion Games website will score points for Fayetteville. Points are also given for hours of service work, monies raised, and items collected for charities.

An online leader board shows how each community measures up against other cities including Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and other places around the world.

Local participation is sponsored by the Fayetteville Forward Inclusion Action Group, whose mission is to raise awareness and facilitate opportunities for growing Fayetteville as an inclusive and compassionate community.

All citizens can participate, and local organizations are encouraged to log all volunteer hours and donations received through Sept. 21.

More more information, visit compassiongames.org.

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