Published on: 23rd February 2023   |   Ellie Hall

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a small, nonprofit that was born in the 1990’s following a summer of violence where a reporter noted that people should stop reporting on “random acts of violence” and start “practicing random acts of kindness”. That moment started a movement and soon after the RAK Foundation was born.

The RAK Foundation invests time, expertise and resources into its mission, to ‘Make Kindness the Norm’. They are rooted in the belief that all people can connect through kindness and that kindness can be taught.

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This year, RAK Day 2023, fell on Friday 17th February, marking an opportunity for us to spread some kindness. We randomly selected 3 customers who phoned in to speak to a member of our team on Friday. We asked them to choose an environmental charity which aligned with our company values and made a small donation on their behalf.

Here at Universal Networks, we care about the world we live in and doing business in a way that minimises the impact we have on our environment. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that the three charities we donated to were:

Bumblebee Conservation Trust Logo

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to conserving the bumblebee and their mission is to halt and reverse their declines.

Their aim is to address the decline in bumblebee (and other wild pollinator) populations by increasing and restoring their habitats. The charity points out that there is a good commercial reason for doing so as pollinators are essential for our short and long-term food production (70 of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide are pollinated by bees).

Cool Earth puts local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact. They support local and indigenous knowledge to develop innovative ways to address threats to the forest while making communities stronger and more resilient.

They help local people grow sustainable incomes to fight deforestation. By investing in sustainable livelihoods, strong self-determining communities have a greater capacity to protect their forest.

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Surfers Against Sewage Logo

Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. Through beach cleans to the education work they do in schools, they have already made enormous impacts to help preserve our planet including being instrumental in the 5p plastic bag tax.

They want all governments to recognise the importance of a thriving ocean, for the planet and people, and to utilise its capacity as a solution to the climate crisis.

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