The Free Hugs Campaign

by HART (1-800-HART) on October 25, 2006 · 0 comments

in Not Sure Why I posted This

call HART crazy .. but

Free Hugs .. Sick Puppies .. eh? Sounds “SICK”? Actually .. it’s quite an interesting story, the song is pretty good and – yes – I’m willing to pass along all the hoopla to other people. I’ve joined the Ryze Business Networking site (if you want an invite, drop me an email) .. and this is a nice post by Penny Poole. I’m not sure if I can link directly to the site or if it’s membership protected – so I won’t.

Listen. Watch. It’s a great story.

Background Behind The Story As posted in the Ryze Business Networking Site

Friends, this is a wonderful story beginning in Australia. (Those who hate glurge need not read…)

About a year ago, Juan Mann was just an odd guy standing in the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia offering “free hugs” to passing strangers.

One of the people he hugged was Shimon Moore, the lead singer of the Sick Puppies. They became friends, and one day Moore decided to borrow a video camera showing Mann doing his thing. As the “free hug” campaign started to spread, the city council tried to ban it, even attempting to impose a huge liability insurance requirement on him for offering free hugs in public. (Can you believe it?!!!)So Mann and his friends mounted a petition campaign, and after presenting more than 10,000 to the city council, the calls for a ban died away.

That would be the end of a quirky story, and it certainly isn’t the first time someone has tried the stunt of offering public hugs, as this 2004 story from the New York Times shows. Except for this. After Mann’s grandmother died, Moore decided to mix the video he had taken with the Sick Puppies song All the Same, to lift his friend’s spirits. He did an amazingly good job, posted it on YouTube a week ago, with the following caption:

“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 across 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…”

In less than a week it had more than one million viewings and drawn nearly 7,000 comments. Good Morning America featured the video a few days ago. Here’s the video (a great smile booster!)

and here are more details of the story behind it: www.personaldemocracy.com/node/1024

A friend sent this as another one was telling me about research recently done by Vaseline that says most Canadians (more than 60%) feel deprived of touch … so go ahead and hug someone today who you don’t normally hug!

all good things and many hugs,

Penny

The Blurb Associated With the YouTube Video

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.

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…

Music by Sick Puppies. (Visit sickpuppies.net or myspace.com/sickpuppies for the music)
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PS. The response to this video has been nothing short of overwhelming and touching. Hugs to every single one of you who messaged. There has been thousands of emails from all over the world by people seeking to participate in the Free Hugs campaign and asking for permission. You do not need permission. This is the peoples movement, this is *your* movement. With nothing but your bare hands you can make THE difference.

Imagine all the people.

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Press and media contact:
paul.stepanek@oninternational. com … (more)

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