An incredible story of the kindness of strangers

For your Tuesday morning, we have a unique story of complete strangers and art coming together to make something beautiful happen for a much-loved friend on the other side of the world πŸ’œ

While on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands 🏝 last month, the #AdriftLab team was inspired to turn trash into treasure, recycling beach-washed flip-flops into #LGBT Pride flags πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈ.

Turning trash into treasure: beach-washed flip-flops are recycled into LGBT Pride flags

The flag was destined for LGBT #STEM hero Dr Alex who lives 10,000 Km away in London. However, getting the flag to him was going to be a challenge during COVID due to ongoing transport delays.

Along comes Kevin, a complete stranger and absolute legend who just happened to be travelling to London only a few days later. Dr Jenn bailed him up, asked a favour, forced Kevin to take a selfie 🀳, and then waved goodbye to Kevin and the flag, trusting it would make the long journey.

Kevin and Jennifer on Cocos, with the flag

Over the next few days, Kevin took his role very seriously, sending regular email updates on the progress of the flag 😍 Upon arriving in London, we realised hand-delivery to the NHM Museum (Alex’s work) wasn’t going to be possible, again due to COVID. Not to worry! Kevin dutifully popped the flag in the mail.

Last week, 19 days after Kevin and Jenn met by accident on Cocos, the flag arrived at its destination and Alex is now the proud owner, yayyy! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

Alex is thrilled to receive the flag in the UK

BIG THANKS KEVIN - YOU LEGEND! Oh, and welcome to the Adrift Lab team!

#KindnessOfStrangers #Gratitude #PlasticPollution #TrashIntoTreasure

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