Free Hugs Campaign

1 03 2007

A little of yourself can bring so much to the lives of others. Below is an inspiring story of one man: Juan Mann.I was really touched by what he did, that is why I’m posting this article on my blog. The original article can be found on http://www.freehugscampaign.org/

If this inspires you as much as I am, please visit the site and support this movement. You can start your own free hugs campaign.

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring. In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person

How it all started:

I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.

Why Did it get banned?

Public liability fear and red tape. But its all okay now! Make sure to check your local laws before embarking on your Hugathon!

Special Thanks

I would just like to thank Sick puppies for their incredible song “All the Same ” which the free hugs campaign video would have never been the same without.

For their music visit www.sickpuppies.net !

Source: http://www.freehugscampaign.org/

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2 responses

1 03 2007
sach

waaa…..dreC net sa inititive la…Dpi lontemp k sa l’idée la p trotte dan to latete….moi mo 100% dakor pou men sa campagne la…

15 06 2007
gwenguin1

I had seen the video of this on the INternational Music Channell, and wondered what the whole story of the Free Hugs Campaign was. Now I know, and all I can say is this:
“Free hugs, now and forever.”
Love, hugs and kisses,
Gwenguin

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