Local Love goes International!
Bay Area Sweetheart takes Love Global.
Sydney, Australia – From Mount Tamalpais to the heart of Sydney Australia. Marin County local and humanitarian, Sara Lahey is taking her now famous Love’n Aid Project on its first international tour!
February 7th Lahey begins her journey in Wellington, New Zealand, where she and a team of volunteers will be delivering 2 free events open to the public. Following Wellington, Lahey will tour Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane. The tour has been scheduled to host a highlight event on Valentines Day in Sydney.
Love’n Aid Project is a just one of Lahey’s initiatives from her Hunting Happiness Project. Love’n Aid has been actively demonstrating the impact of kindness and supporting the development of sustainable community cultures since 2010. The entire Hunting Happiness Project organization is volunteer-based.
Lahey was seen talking about Love’n Aid at TEDx New Haven earlier last year. “We’re starting the kindness ripple and bringing kindness to the forefront of popular culture worldwide,” says Lahey. Free hugs, high-fives, and anonymous letters of friendship and baked goods are just a few of the items on their signature Love’n Aid menu.
Having never been to any of the cities on this tour, Lahey and her team have sourced the power of the web to engage like-minded organizations and businesses with shared-values across the globe to provide sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteers in each of the cities on tour. Sara says, “When people really get what we’re doing – it’s like they have to be a part of it. It’s been incredible.”
The last Love’n Aid event was held in Oakland, where random acts of violence are frequent and came just days after the horrific acts of violence that occurred in Newton Connecticut. “It is more important than ever to help people remember the value of random acts of kindness and the power we all have to support our communities,” said Lahey.
Volunteers from many walks of life have lined up to be a part of these events. Volunteers will be on call to help people get the aid they may need: homeless shelters, food banks, and employment assistance as well as delivering fun and smiles and inspiring people to pay-it-forward.
Lahey says, “There are two kinds of sufferings. Suffering that is easy to see and suffering that isn’t as obvious. We’re here to serve everyone!” Earlier this year, Lahey was awarded Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance and presented at TEDx on the topic of ‘The Art and Science of Happiness’ at Yale University, where she shared the stage with fellow happiness experts including Gretchen Rubin, author of the best selling book The Happiness Project, MIT professor Rosalind Picard, advisor to the King of Bhutan and others. For more information: www.tedxnewhaven.com
Sara says she only hopes that people “will remember what it feels like and give back to someone else.” She calls her mission “A World Happiness Movement.”
About The Hunting Happiness Project
From a desire to bring profound healing to the world, Sara Lahey founded the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010.
The organization has established a number of initiatives, which include short films intended to inspire and world famous Love’n Aid stands, which are modeled after a child’s lemonade stand, but instead of lemonade are serving refreshing doses of Love and Aid for people in need.
Lahey’s signature “Love’n Aid” stands are known for encouraging people to engage in acts of kindness. A popular menu item is writing and receiving anonymous letters of friendship.
The Hunting Happiness Project’s Love’n Aid stand was selected to participate in the 2011 Pepsi Challenge, where the Hunting Happiness Project began their “vote for love” campaign. Love’n Aid has been seen on Kickstarter and shared on NPR.
A recent film project “The Magic of Happiness” with interviews of magicians and their ideas on the topic of happiness will become available soon. The Love’n Aid stand will be touring New Zealand, Australia in February and March of 2013.
This inspirational initiative is contributing to a kinder, happier, and more peaceful world.
About Love’n Aid
Love’n Aid’s mission is to support individuals, empower communities, demonstrate the impact of kindness, and advance world happiness through in-person, localized events and experiences.
The project is entirely volunteer-based. Gifts have been generously donated by businesses that have taken the opportunity to express their values and give back to the community. It’s all done in the spirit of setting an example for a happier more peaceful world.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission: “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at more local levels.
TED’s celebrated format is a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder — and to provoke conversations that matter.
TEDx events are meant to spark deep conversation and connections. TED is also known for bias-free programming, lacking of any commercial, religious or political agenda.
About Sara Lahey
California resident, Sara Lahey founded the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010 and is celebrated for inspiring happiness and acts of kindness among the communities of the greater San Francisco bay area and west coast.
Sharp, funny, and vivacious, Sara Lahey won’t give up until she puts a smile on your face. Since founding the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010, she has pioneered what she calls a “World Happiness Movement.” Sara’s aspiration to create happiness started with childhood reflections on the human condition. Sara studied nursing and political science before discovering her true calling in fostering global happiness. Lahey recently presented at TEDx on the topic of ‘The Art and Science of Happiness’ at Yale University. She shared the stage with fellow happiness experts including Gretchen Rubin, author of the best selling book The Happiness Project, MIT professor Rosalind Picard, advisor to the King of Bhutan and others.
Lahey was also one of four people honored this year by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance as a “Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace.” This award is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.