MONCTON, N.B. – The acts of kindness movement initiated by New Brunswick’s Rebecca Schofield has reached tens of thousands globally. Now author, Jason Tremere, who was born and raised in Charlottetown and now living in Moncton, N.B., had compiled some of the activity from the movement into a new book, “#BeccaToldMeTo: Spreading kindness, one hashtag at a time.”
Schofield, a Riverview, N.B., teenager, was recently named Newsmaker of the Year for 2017 as a result of her goodwill, bravery, and poise in the face of adversity.
At 17, she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2016.
She asked friends and family on Facebook to perform acts of kindness in her honour and tag them on social media with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.
Since that time, the hashtag has spread throughout Canada and the United States and made its way into many other countries worldwide.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recognized her “inspiring commitment to community,” and local politicians unanimously declared the third Saturday of every September in New Brunswick to be Rebecca Schofield Day.
Becca’s Facebook group currently has over 19,000 members and acts of kindness are shared there on a daily basis. The scope of the movement is hard to see, but that’s what Tremere has tried to show in his new book.
He has compiled and edited posts from the first 10 weeks of the “#BeccaToldMeTo” movement.
Early in 2017, Tremere became friends with Rebecca’s father Darren Schofield and offered to help create a fundraising book chronicling the many heartwarming acts of kindness. Through over 1,000 acts of kindness big and small, he hopes these stories will spread her message and inspire others to spread good into the world.
The author is currently planning in-store book signings later in January at Indigo Charlottetown and Chapters Moncton where the paperback will be sold for $20. Net proceeds from book sales are being returned to the Schofield family and this book was created with their full participation.
The $5.99 eBook is currently ranked #1 in Hot New Releases in the Inspirational eBooks category on Amazon.ca.
More information on the book, including current media coverage and the free download links for iTunes, Kindle and Kobo, is available on the author's website: https://jasontremere.com/beccatoldmeto-book/
Title: “#BeccaToldMeTo: Spreading kindness, one hashtag at a time”
Author: Jason Tremere, email@example.com; (506) 862-0106
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Dec 11 2017)