Catch A Smile October: Stories of inspiration

Sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who took time to perform a random act of kindness as part of our first “Catch A Smile” day. We received tons of messages and emails reporting good deeds and joy that was spread on October 23. Each and every one of you has inspired us greatly and we wanted to share some of the stories with you.

Our next “Catch A Smile” day will be Tuesday, November 26. This date is very close to the USA Thanksgiving so we can start the spirit of giving early this year! The good deed of the month will be to PERFORM A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR… whether it be your next door neighbor, someone in your neighborhood, someone who works at the store close to your home, same office building…. anyone “near by”. Sometimes we are physically very close to people yet mentally very distant. Let’s bring some happiness to our neighborhoods and place of work  Please click “attending” (https://www.facebook.com/events/423899291049875/) and invite your friends to join in the “small acts with great love” movement! Together, we can help make this world a happier and more joyous place simple because its the right thing to do.

Just a few of the random acts of kindness performed….

From Peter in Colorado, USA:

I just added quarters to all the parking meters! No parking tickets today!

From Ellen in England:

I was driving pretty much all day on 23rd (up and down a couple of loooooooong motorways) and I stopped for a quick Costa at a service station. It struck me how a) YOUNG the serving team were and then b) how rammed and harrassed they looked too. Till roll running out, a never ending queue and complicated orders etc.

When it got to my turn, the girl apologised for the wait and asked for my order. I paused, smiled at her and said ‘pretty hectic today for you guys, huh?’ She smiled back an nodded emphatically “YES – it has been busier but it’s pretty hectic.”

“Well you’re doing an awesome job. You can take your time with my order too, I’m in no rush – a soya, decaf latte please.”

The relief on her face was perfect. I could see the calmness take over her as she ‘relaxed’ a little with my order, lovingly preparing my latte. She thanked me and we parted ways.

I hope that brief ‘ease up’ helped her day.

Looking forward to next month…!

From Tony and Patty in Upstate New York:

Momma Patty helped one of her clients whose husband is very ill. Their washing machine was broken down and she took their clothes home and did the washing and drying.

From Megan in the Middle East:

I had a very busy day as I was in the middle of my move from house to house. We went to the mall for take-out and I bought a candy rose and gave it to a lady sitting on a bench. She looked at me like I was mad but I just smiled and walked on. Later, when I was finished my groceries I saw her sitting there still looking at it in astonishment, trying to understand how come it landed up in her hands.

From Sheryl in Illinois, USA:

What a joy to participate in the Catch A Smile campaign. A group of 14 diners *(plus myself)* met for dinner this evening… I had asked the manager to simply let everyone in our party believe they were getting their own checks, but to have the total tallied and I would cover the gathering. Funny, while they had gone out for a smoke I wrapped up the bill, and when the group returned to our table they stood around chatting for the longest time. Finally, one of the group asked our waiter to please bring their checks so they could leave. I loved the look on their faces when the waiter announced that their bills had been paid in full. Joy, joy, joy! Love, love, love! Thank you for initiating the opportunity to bless others, Mina Liccione. Love and admire you!!!

 From Layal in the UAE:

Surprised our receptionist with a banana cake that says thanks for dealing with us!

 From Ayesha in Dubai:

Saw this RTA inspector about to give a car a fine, quickly ran over and said it was my car and told him “I am gonna pay for it.” He smiled and walked away & I paid for the parking. LOL hope the car owner wakes up on time in the morning! I left him a note telling him about Catch A Smile and that he should join us!

From Leila in Abu Dhabi:

This morning I sent a flower bouquet with a nice note to an old woman who lives in our building.

From Nico in Greece:

Today I bought a homeless man lunch and he enjoyed it!

From Mina in Sharjah:

Today I was teaching at AUS so I had to plan my random acts of kindness around campus. A student inspired the first act- leaving dirhams on a few different vending machines in the Arts & Science buildings with post-its saying “have a snack on us!” or “free water! take a dirham and enjoy” LOL!

The second act was geared towards a specific group of employees who work at the Dunkin’ Donuts on campus. I don’t know them but I see them every now and then when I enter the student center. Every time I have seen them there is a lonnnng line and they are working hard to move fast and get the orders right all with a smile. Today, I thought it would be nice to gift them some sweets & a container of chocolates and let them know they are appreciated. They were pretty surprised at first but then very happy.

From Jose in Mexico City:

My sister and I cooked lots of food for the homeless men on the main street. We brought trays of food with plates for them to have.

From Safwan in the UAE:

I was watching the #Milan_Barca match and having some sheesha with the guys. So what I did was I paid for the table next to us, and asked the cashier to call me later and tell me about their reaction. He just did a while ago, and – according to him – they were surprised and insisted to know who did it and why, because – according to them – it is not something that happens every day. But they were happy about it .

I told my friends about this event, and they’ll all try to do something.

From Mitali in India:

So I blessed my pregnant neighbour with a glass of apple milkshake. Does this count as an act of kindness as she ain’t a stranger to me? I hope so. And this is just the beginning. Many more acts of random kindness to follow esp with strangers

From Kat in California, USA:

I was inspired by this today! We went to a pumpkin patch that just opened today. There was another group of people there that wanted to go into the corn maze ($5 each) but nobody had cash and the onsite ATM didn’t work yet. The place was not equipped yet to take credit/ debit cards yet either. Anyway, the group was preparing to leave so i paid for them to do the corn maze. They were completely surprised and grateful.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to tell them about this event! I wish that I had. Next time!

From Hanan on a train:

MY random act of kindness took place ont he train. This lady was standing up and I just got up and let her sit down. The lady looked confused and rather shocked and then was like : Thank you….! and I just smiled at her. It feels good to do things like this. We should do it every day rather than just one.

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The Pink Difference

Dubai Ladies Club proudly present THE PINK DIFFERENCE DAY with the grand finale FUNNY GIRLS GO PINK COMEDY SHOW!

The HER-storical Funny Girls are back to perform a special charity show at DUBAI LADIES CLUB as part of THE PINK DIFFERENCE to support of Breast Care Awareness month! This is a ladies only event with booths and activities throughout the day, so girls let your hair down and come out for some laughs all for a great cause! The performance will be in English with a splash of Arabic!On the line-up is Divya Lalwani, Mai Assaf (Stand-up Showdown winner), Sophie Samuelian (UAE Rotana Comedy Tour), Shaima Al Sayed (Kit Kat’s Comedy Break Show judge, Abu Dhabi Comedy Festival) and headlining the night is, according to Ahlan Magazine, the “UAE’s Queen of Comedy” – Mina Liccione!

Mina has a long list of credits including Broadway, MTV, Cirque, MBC, BBC, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and more. She’s performed alongside stand-up greats including Gabriel Iglesias, Tommy Davidson, Nemr Abou Nassar, Dean Edwards, Hollywood legend Michael Winslow and recently performed a 5 show run in New York with Judah Friedlander of the TV Series “30 Rock”. She was included in Rolling Stone’s “This year’s funniest people” Issue and was nominated for an Emirates Woman of the year Award.

What the press have to say:

“Hilarious accent parodies and seasoned set-pieces in a stunning, scattergun approach”- Timeout Dubai

“After seeing Liccione in all her glory, your belly will feel it.”- San Francisco Weekly

“Seriously Funny” – Gulf News

“The six-foot-tall New Yorker radiates enthusiasm”- National News

It’s going to be a fantastic ladies night so book your tickets early!

Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Dubai Ladies Club
Cost: AED 100 – proceeds go to The Pink Caravan
Tickets: Can be purchased from Dubai Ladies Club. Please call +971 4 349 9922
For whom: Women only event. Ages 13+
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Full day of events!

Full day of events!

“Catch A Smile” Movement is Launched!

“Catch A Smile” is a new campaign by Clowns Who Care with the mission of using social media to connect people from around the globe to perform “small gestures with great love” and brighten up the days of others. Each month we will pick a random date and include a “good deed” for all to perform on that day in order to make the world a happier and more positive place. And often if someone has received a kind act, they will ‘pass it on’ or ‘pay it forward’, meaning your action goes on and on. Smiles are contagious…let’s make sure people catch one! We ask you to PLEASE post comments to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/clownswhocare)  or email us (LOL@dubomedy.com) about your experiences, share photos and inspire others with your stories!

This month’s good deed is:
PERFORM A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS FOR A STRANGER

This month’s date is:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

What is a random act of kindness?

Random acts of kindness are little or big things you can do for other people without expecting any kind of return. And of course this works both ways because doing something nice for someone else makes you feel good and it adds to your sense of well-being.

How do you participate?

1- If you are on Facebook, click attending : https://www.facebook.com/events/423899291049875/
2- Invite your friends from all over the world to join in the “Catch A Smile” movement! Post it, tweet it!
3- Make note of the date. This month it’s October 23
4- Make note of the monthly kindness assignment and start thinking of ideas of what you could do.
5- On Wed, Oct 23 perform at least one random act of kindness towards a stranger
6- Afterwards share your experience with us! Inspire others to be kind through your stories by commenting on the event page or emailing us!

What are some examples of random acts of kindness that you could do for a stranger?

– If you get to a toll road/bridge, why not pay for the toll of the person behind you
– Open doors for people
– Help someone carry their bags
– In a restaurant, if you have a great waiter/waitress, you could: leave them a generous tip or a note complimenting the service
– Bake a cake or cupcakes and give them out for no reason at all.
– Prepare a meal for a homeless person or a group of workers
– Put change in the washer/dryer for the next person
– Fill an expired or about to expire parking meter
– Give flowers to someone who looks sad
– Offer someone else your seat on the bus/train
– Buy dessert for someone eating out alone

Mawaheb turns 3!

Last Thursday we headed over to visit one of our FAVORITE places in Dubai, Mawaheb from Beautiful People, to help them celebrate their 3rd anniversary. The space was filled with incredibly talented, kind and loving artists and volunteers. We were honored to have been able to share their special day with them. They inspire us greatly with their huge SMILES AND HUGS. InshAllah MANY more years to come!

For those of you who don’t know about Mawaheb from Beautiful People Studio, here is some general information. You can also visit their website: http://www.mawaheb-dubai.com

About
The first art studio for young adults with special needs in the Middle East. The studio is a relaxed space where people with special needs can be themselves and socialize with their own peers whilst developing their creative talents.

Mission

To support the development of young adults with special needs using art as a tool to bridge the gap between each individual in the society.

Description

Mawaheb for Beautiful People is an art studio and Gallery for adults with special needs.Nestled in a villa in the labyrinth of Bastakiya heritage village in Bur Dubai,
Mawaheb is truly a magical place where emotion, expressiveness and creativity mingle to create vibrant,textured,colourful contemporary artwork. Bold designs, portraiture, Mosaic and photography Create a kaleidoscope of visual encounters.

We highly recommend that you go visit them, purchase their art-work and support them in anyway you can! Here are some images from their 3rd anniversary party for you to enjoy! To see the full album click here: http://on.fb.me/1hyktlq
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