Buy lunch, pick up the phone, donate to a cause—Pay It Forward Day calls on people to do small acts of kindness today. This year, to create a giant wave of happiness around the world, the movement aims to inspire 10 million good deeds. The kindness advocates from our Asia’s Most Influential list have been doing just that—offering a helping hand to single mothers, survivors and special needs children when they need it the most. Let them remind you to lead with kindness, not just today, but always.
Carys Mihardja, Indonesia
By shining a light on the creativity of the special needs community, Carys Mihardja is changing how people view children and teenagers with Down Syndrome. Her social foundation Carys Cares holds painting lessons for children with Down Syndrome, and then transposes their artwork onto merchandise, the proceeds of which are directed to Persatuan Orang Tua Anak Dengan Down Syndrom (Association of Parents of Children Living with Down Syndrome). Roomy dresses, totes, scarves and more are adorned with happy colours that reflect the talent and potential of the children. Recently, Carys Cares celebrated World Down Syndrome Day 2022 with a fundraising fashion show featuring the children and their works.