Luke Cameron decided to do a good deed every day for a year, after a close family friend died from cancer in 2013. And he’s kept his promise — but he could not have anticipated how much his decision would change his life.
Luke, who is from Cheltenham, England, started documenting his exploits in the Good Deed blog. Dutifully logging every kind deed he made on his site, he has now cultivated thousands of followers.
His kind actions can included things like taking out the rubbish for his elderly neighbor, baking lemon cakes and sending them over to his friends and family. Luke has also bought meals for strangers at McDonald’s and has even paid for a person’s gas, just because he happened to stand next to him in the queue at the gas station. In all, Luke estimates that he has spent ┬ú3,000 ($4,800) on good deeds over the past 12 months, even though he was only earning the wage of a part-time shop worker. He said:
In a world of taking selfies with your “besties” and Instagramming pictures of your new handbag and Rolex watch, we forget to think about anyone else but ourselves. Our generation has forgotten to care about others, because we are too self-obsessed to even care what others are going through.
And yet, Luke has also been on the receiving end of plenty of skepticism and even criticism. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Luke Cameron (left) started his daily good deed challenge last January in memory of family friend Maura (right), who passed away in October 2013.
2. In total, Luke estimates that he has spent ┬ú3,000 ($4,800) in the last 12 months on good deeds, including buying meals for strangers that he meets in restaurants.
3. Luke now keeps a sweet bucket on his desk, for people to grab a quick snack.
4. He also spent an evening putting kind-message on colleagues’ desks.
The majority of people love it. I have my haters, but that’s a given really. I try not to dwell too much on other people’s opinions. Most people to begin with didn’t understand why I was doing what I was doing and became very reserved about me helping them.
Scepticism was rife among my monetary good deeds and some people questioned my motives and others thought I wanted something in return.
Luke decided to start doing good deeds after a good family friend passed away in October 2013. He said:
Maura was like a mother to me. She was hands-down the most incredible and inspirational woman I will ever meet. When a neighbour needed food, she gave her last potato. When a friend needed money, she gave her last pound.
She gave her whole life selflessly helping others around her and at her funeral over 4,000 people queued for 3 hours to get in and pay their respects.
He began on January 1 with some small gestures — on New Year’s Day he said “Happy New Year” to the woman serving his coffee in a Tesco cafe. Then on the second day, he bought food and drink for homeless people in his local town. A few days later, Luke handed over some spare change to a woman who didn’t have enough coins at the parking meter.
Since launching his challenge, Luke also entered a competition to win the job of National Philanthropy Manager, a.k.a The Nicest Job In Britain. His Good Deed challenge has convinced the organisers that he was the right person for the job and for the whole of 2015, Luke will be paid to travel all over the U.K. and assist 45 different charities.
5. Luke used his love of baking in a good deed — he made lemon drizzle cakes and set them to friends and family.
6. He also bought a bunch of flowers for a friend who had received some bad luck.
7. Since starting his challenge, Luke also entered a competition run by Utility Aid to win the job of National Philanthropy Manager, aka The Nicest Job In Britain.
8. Luke doing one of his good deeds — he realized a customer in his shop had left their mobility scooter in the rain, so brought it inside and wiped it down.
Here is Luke’s Good Deed Diary RAK nomination video:
And here is the video commemorating Luke’s 100th good deed:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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