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PCI SOS campaign encourages randoms acts of kindness 0

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

By Angela Brown...Portage Collegiate Institute's Sources of Strength program 'Pay it Forward' campaign wrist bands are seen around Portage la Prairie community on May 7, 2012. The campaign encourages community members to do a random act of kindness and 'pay forward' the bracelets onto others.

By Angela Brown...Portage Collegiate Institute's Sources of Strength program 'Pay it Forward' campaign wrist bands are seen around Portage la Prairie community on May 7, 2012. The campaign encourages community members to do a random act of kindness and 'pay forward' the bracelets onto others.

For the next two week students in the Sources of Strength group running out of Portage Collegiate will be trying to encourage community members to commit random acts of kindness with its pay it forward bracelet campaign.

From May 7-11 for Mental Health Awareness Week and May 14-18 for National Police Officer Week there will be bracelets scattered around town which can be purchased for $1.00 and then passed on when the wearer does a random act of kindness.

An act of kindness can change a bad mood, a negative thought, a bad day and create positive mental health for yourself and those around you.

"It's one of our messaging activities for the Sources of Strength program that the students came up with. We found out that the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) was doing it as well for mental health awareness week so we partnered with them," said PCI guidance counsellor Kellee Clifford-Bousquet who helps run the program.

The group purchased 500 pay it forward bracelets which can be found around town at places like Portage Collegiate. Proceeds from the sales go to the Sources of Strength program at PCI.

For the full story see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.


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