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Change a Life

In 2016, Random Acts partnered with GISH, Giles Duley and the Legacy of War Foundation to start a new project called Change a Life.

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Giles Duley brings with him over a decade of experience traveling the world and finding stories that need to be told, especially of those individuals that have been impacted by war. The Legacy of War Foundation aims to empower people to rebuild lives after conflict. Not only do they assist financially, but they are also working to build sustainable prosthetic and rehabilitation support centers.

From the weird, to the magical, to the generous, to the extraordinary, GISH (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt) encourages their hunters to push past their boundaries to spread chaotic kindness in their communities. While these acts of kindness add up, GISH wanted to use the annual hunt to also make one huge difference in the lives of one person or community as well.

Working with Giles, Random Acts and GISH have been able to track down some individuals, families and communities where we can make the most critical impact. The aim is not to make a short term change, but to substantially alter the lives of people who are in desperate need. To that end, GISHers have raised over $750,000 since 2016 in these ongoing efforts.

Read on to learn about the former recipients of the Change a Life project, and see updates on how they’re continuing to thrive.

Loas children

In 2019, Random Acts partnered with GISH, Legacy of War and Munitions Advisory Group to help families clear unexploded bombs from Laotian family farms in southeast Asia. 

Giles Duley, 2020

Further Reading

Change a Life: Thank You GISH

Random Acts has a long-standing history of working closely with GISH, a scavenger hunt run by our co-founder and board president Misha Collins. GISH hosted a mini-hunt over this past Halloween weekend. The list of scavenger hunt items to complete was full of things...

Kindness in Queensland

Jess is a promising student who will attend James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. Despite having a challenging background, she became the only senior student from her village to be accepted to a university. The community rallied to help in a truly lovely way,...

Random Acts Thanks: GISH

Every so often, it is important to sit down, catalog, honor, and thank everyone (or everything) that brings light and hope into your sphere. Our friends at GISH (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt) fit that bill—and then some.  So, What Exactly Is GISH?...

Change a Life Initative – The Children of Laos

There is nothing we love more than having fun while spreading kindness and promoting big changes. GISH - the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt - has been serving up the best kind of chaotic generosity since 2011. In the last few years, GISH has found a partner...

Icyizere Cooperative

In 1994, conflict between two warring parties escalated into the massacre of over 800,000 Rwandans, devastating thousands of families. During this crisis, Olive was in the hospital giving birth to her child. She returned home to the unthinkable - her entire family...

Assistance for Syrian Refugee Families

The impact of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is felt in countries all across the world, and especially those that neighbor their border. In 2016, Giles Duley brought to Random Acts’ attention four refugee families living in an encampment in Lebanon who needed...