Thursday, August 16, 2007

Free Hugs Campaign - Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

One of my good old friend used to have the habit of adding videos into her orkut profile. It has been long time I accessed her profile and last week while passing through her profile, I found lot of new videos added into her collection. While going through them(she will kill me if she sees this hehe. We had one quarrel upon this subject only), I found one pretty interesting short-movie. The idea which is expressed in the movie is too simple but brilliant. It is not the movie which caught my interest but it's wonderful idea and its far reaching effects.

Being impressed by the idea I checked in the web for more details and got bundles and bundles of information. It looks like the campaign just gained tremendous popularity in an amazing way.

Free Hugs - The magic to brighten up lives:

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 then witnessed is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

Although the Free Hugs campaign started years ago, it has recently received a huge boost with the publishing of the video.

Juan Mann of the "Free Hugs Campaign" at Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia, October 2, 2006. Photo by Miles Li.

"Free Hugs" in the CBD of Sydney, Australia. This picture was taken in August 2004, supposedly at the very beginning of the "Free Hugs" phenomenon.

We're all just people made out of the same old dirt, and God didn't make any junk.

A picture I took on June 24, 2007, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of a woman holding up a sign reading "ABRAZOS GRATIS" (Spanish for "free hugs").

You can visit Juan Mann's blog space for updates on the campaign:

You can also watch a video interview with Juan Mann on the SMH website.

And, here is a collection of more videos inspired by the Free Hug Campaign (and there are plenty more being added every day!):

Free Hugs in South Korea
Free Hugs in "Insadong of Korea"
Free Hugs in Poland 2006
Free Hugs Campaign in Tel Aviv
more Free Hugs in Tel Aviv
Free Hugs in Krakow
Free Hugs in Newfoundland
Free Hugs posted before Juan Mann's campaign
Free Hugs group march

Related Websites:

Wikipedia Link

1 comment:

Annis said...

Good one. I got many fwds regarding this. But many people still can’t digest the idea.