Behind The Cast: #GetRAOKT: 6 Weeks In

AIDS Walk OKC group

We are 6 weeks into The Random Acts Of Kindness Tour, better known as #GetRAOKT, and it’s already been the adventure of a life time. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently on a year long trip with my friend Jessica around North America doing Volunteer work and Random Acts Of Kindness. We left on September 2nd after doing a 6am interview on CBC Radio 1’s “The Early Edition.” Since then we have been on the road doing our part to try and make a difference.

So far we have been to Calgary, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Boulder, Denver and now reside in Nashville thanks to Greyhound! They’ve been getting us around this massive piece of land and it’s been really amazing to see all the different areas we wouldn’t be able to see if we flew. All along the way we have met incredibly inspiring people doing their part to help out in their communities. A few of our biggest events to date have been volunteering with the AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City and helping flood victims in Boulder after they experienced devastating floods.

Volunteering in Boulder

As our trip continues we’re always looking to meet and work with new people. Our hosts in Nashville found us on the website couchsurfing.org and read our story. He asked us if we would like to come and volunteer at the HOPE Family Health centre as part of our adventure and of course we said yes! Now we are having the best experience here and all because someone reached out to us and asked if we’d like to help out. We have the rough outline of our trip set out if you’d like to see when we might be in your area. If you work for an organization or simply want to host two crazy Canadians on an epic adventure we’d love to hear from you!

Most recently we we’re interviewed by Fiona Forbes on The Rush in Vancouver because they heard our story and thought what we are doing was awesome. We never imagined something like that would happen when we started this trip. We simply wanted to go out into the world and do something that we thought would make even a little difference. Being on the road constantly can be very draining but with what we’re doing I think it’s 100% worth it.

We’ve been making videos all along the way and posting them to YouTube so people can keep up to date on where we are and what we’re doing. We’d love for you to follow along and share your thoughts and ideas with us. Have you done any random acts of kindness lately? I think it’s a bit of a lost art in today’s world but if everyone did just one simple thing a day it could easily make a comeback. Maybe buy the next person in line their coffee or take some thank you cards to the workers of your local charity. There are a million ways you can help that won’t take up too much time or money.

Next up on the agenda is the Big Apple! It’s always been a dream of mine to go to New York City and now that it’s happening I’m beside myself with excitement! This whole trip has almost seemed like a dream, I find I need to keep pinching myself just to convince me it’s real. If you reside in the NYC area and have ideas or tips for Jessica and I please contact us and let us know! The best way is to email us at [email protected]

If you want to see more photos of our adventures we Instagram like crazy! Just follow Calan_Travels and Jessicas_eyes to check them out.

Calan Breckon and Jessica Schafer of #GetRAOKT

  • beth sands

    This is a great group of people, no matter if you are down on your luck or just having a bad day, everyone can use kindness. A look, a smile, holding the door, acts of kindness can come in the smallest form. No matter who it is that we share random kindness with, everyone needs a little (some a lot). So do something nice for a stranger, just for the fun of it someday and I gauruntee, not only will it make that person feel good, it will make you feel good too!!

    JESUS SAVES!!!