The Free Hug Campaign is meant to be a random act of kindness, a selfless act performed by a person for the sole reason of making others feel better.
The Free Hugs Campaign began as one person’s attempt to make a difference and reach out to others to brighten their lives. Juan Mann describes his inspiration as follows:
“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.”
So here’s to our very own Free Hugs Campaign.
– On friday, 2 October 2009
-Get together at the M.G.Road Barista around 7.30
-Just bring along a small poster which says “FREE HUGS”
-Invite friends, family, friends’ friends, colleagues etc etc to join
-Walk around offering free hugs to whoever will take them.
-Have a jolly good time. Yay!