there is an interesting background to this story …
another illustration of the power of YouTube ans social networking …


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.
Serial hugger Juan Mann describes the free hugs he hands out in Pitt Street Mall as fast-food emotion.

His cuddling campaign received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on YouTube, the most prominent video sharing website. An American television audience of millions also watched him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast program Good Morning America yesterday.

Today, the hugger was at it again, brandishing his “free hugs” sign in the busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and having quite a few people take him up on his offer.

“It’s a way to make people smile,” Mann said.

“For every person who gets a hug, you see five walk past with a smile on their face.”

Juan Mann (pronounced one man) is a play on words, but the hugger insisted his rules included no names, no phone numbers, no relationships and no dates.

The hit video came about after a meeting – and a hug – more than a year ago with the lead singer of the Sick Puppies, a Sydney band made up of three former Mosman High School students. The singer, Shimon Moore, was working odd jobs by day and playing gigs by night.

One Response to “Free Hugs Campaign”
  1. Hi Greg,
    Thanks for that video, what a nice feel-good way to complete the school holidays and give us all warm-fuzzies for Day One, Term 4!
    Kind regards, Rachel

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