Pay It Forward: Generosity Never Grows Old
The tagline to the 2000 film, Pay It Forward read, “When someone does you a big favour, don’t pay it back … pay it forward”.
You may recall that this heart-warming movie is about a boy, played by Haley Joel Osment, who attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. And in his own way, he succeeds. One generous deed starts a chain reaction of generous deeds that impacts many, many lives. (And underscored by excellent acting by Osment, Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, the movie is truly inspirational, if you haven’t yet seen it.)
This past Sunday, I participated in another version of “Pay It Forward.” The Prop Fair brings together those from the photography industry and prop vendors who supply goods to the industry. However, those who organise the event and the many who contribute to making the Prop Fair more than just about products and stalls and sales, are in a very real sense, igniting a chain reaction of generous deeds, too.
The biggest shout out goes to Kate Higgins and Samantha Mitchell-Daly for hosting the event. Talk about a labour of love and a ton of generosity. It takes more than a little effort to put together the “ultimate prop shopping and professional development event” and organising keynote speakers, Prop Fair stylists, displays, demonstrations, competitions and prizes.