Kindness Factory Kath Koschel writes of her life-changing journey to understanding the 'DNA of kindness'.

By Kath Koschel
Updated January 31 2024 - 4:54pm, first published June 3 2023 - 9:00am
Kindness Factory founder Kath Koschel. Picture by Geoff Jones
Kindness Factory founder Kath Koschel. Picture by Geoff Jones

In August 2016, I set off on a journey around Australia with nothing but the clothes on my back and my phone - no cash, credit card, food or water. In order to survive, I would have to accept the help and kindness of strangers. I had no idea how long I would last, but I did know that it was going to be either the best or the worst decision of my life. The original impetus to leave really began four years earlier, when I was in a wheelchair after breaking my back for the first time. I was still in the very early days of the rehabilitation process and you only had to look at me the wrong way and I would burst into tears.

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