Sunday, August 26, 2007

Free Hug Campaign


Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos 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.

Story of Juan Mann ......

" 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 st
opped, 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 compare
d. 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 Sickpuppies 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 !"
Official Home For Free Hugs
Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. -> Free Hugs Campaign.Org

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5 comments:

  1. Support us by saying ~ Let's Hug !

    Spreads the words out ~

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  2. here malaysia cannot be done, jess.
    you know our religious officer..
    so wishes you happy merdeka from USA..

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  3. I'm from Hong Kong,but I still supporting ,"FREE HUGS"!!!!!

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  4. i'm from philippines!!! there are no free hugs here... hope to see someone herere

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  5. I'm also from the Philippines. :) There was a music video here featuring a band offering free hugs. And after reading your post, I really hope that there's something like that off-cam. :)

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