Sunday, January 28, 2007

Toronto loves its HUGS

WOW Hug Day was great.
At 3 p.m. yesterday in Nathan Phillips Square people hugged and they hugged a lot!

I must have hugged about 30 people. My sister said she hugged 50 people.

All in all, Hug Day was a super positive experience. Hugging people I didn’t know felt good. I enjoyed myself and it was great to see others really getting into the spirit of the hug.

My highlights from the day include:

When Hug Man went out onto the skating rink and stood in the middle holding his arms out. Kids on skates flocked around him giving him hugs. Hug Man was knee-deep in kids all clamouring to hug him, find out his identity, shouting at him….and then something wonderful happened in a moment that if you blinked you might have missed it … everyone on the skating rink and I mean everyone stopped skating and hugged someone near them. It was a beautiful sight.

A teenage boy came up to me in the crowd just before the hugging started and asked me for a hug. He said he was from Unionville and that he had wanted to do a hugging event there but it didn’t work out. I told him to try again in organizing one. He seemed so interested in the idea and really enthusiastic about being a part of the experience in downtown Toronto.

I saw this older man. I guess he was in his seventies. He got a hug from one of the Hug Day participants and then he glided through the crowd with his arms stretched wide out offering a hug to those he passed by. He had such a big smile on his face.

I want to thank everyone who participated and the local press who stopped by to support the experience.

If you want to see more photos, comments and accounts of Hug Day go to:


Rachel said...

congrats! you did a great job!

roy said...

When are you doing another Hug Day. I'm trying to find this Toronto Hug Coalition.

Today is International Free Hugs day. We did a round in Dundas Square :)

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