Free Hugs Melbourne

Free Hugs Day Melbourne Video

I have something to share with you. Yes it has been quite some time since I went into Melbourne CBD to offer some Free Hugs inspired by Juan Mann who founded this campaign on the simple principle of giving a stranger a hug… and I have to tell you that I have had some real fun and challenges editing the footage, however… it is here!

If you are thinking of joining the Free Hugs worldwide campaign, I have recently learned that there is an illustrated Free Hugs guide available and it is filled with descriptions, anecdotes and iconic illustrations of over 30 different styles of hugs that leave the reader with a lasting impression.


So firstly, let me introduce you to State of Man (SOM). They are an awesome band based in Atlanta who totally RAWK and have a reputation for being “One of the East coasts premier acts” (XM Satellite Radio). They kindly agreed and gave me permission to use their inspiring song Swallow Your Fears to accompany the footage. Yay!! Thank you SOM.

This song was chosen by me because it was written to inspire you to move beyond fears caused by past disappointments in life. A song about living, trusting and loving again. A song that made me feel like I was alive and free. It made me want to hug the closest person to me when I first heard it so I thought it apt for adding to this footage.

If you like the music, please consider becoming a fan of State of Man in Facebook or click the banner to join the club and support them.

Feel free to share this post with your friends and family and get SOM love for this wonderful band State of Man. I have also given you the download link for the movie and it does require a Flash Embed plugin for WordPress blogs.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the hugs that brought smiles to the faces of many people including my own 🙂

Free Hugs

“Hugging is healthy. It helps the immune system, cures depression,
reduces stress and induces sleep. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and
has no unpleasant side effects. Hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.

Hugging is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet, no artificial
ingredients, nonpolluting, environmentally friendly and 100 percent wholesome.

Hugging is the ideal gift. Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive,
shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and, of course, is fully returnable.”
Author Unknown


21 comments to “Free Hugs Day Melbourne Video”

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  1. Allen Sentance says: June 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    What a great video clip, well done Ange I enjoyed it very much. Imagine what the world could be like if more people gave away FREE HUGS .

  2. hello Ange.
    that was so amazing.i dont can imagin my feeling or discribe my passions in that moment when get a free hug

    ayads last blog post..1

  3. Hey JB, thanks again for allowing me to use “Swallow Your Fears”. I think it’s a great hit and it needs to spread… so here’s to spreading the seeds of love with this great song and Free Hugs. Peace…

  4. Welcome Ayad… it was a pretty awesome day hugging people. We were out there for 4 hours so there were many more hugs than what you see in the video. It’s good to have indescribable feelings… that’s what we need to pass on! Hugs

  5. Great clip Ange……You couldn’t be any more correct in regards to the positive effects of a simple hug. I know that for me IT CHANGED THE ENTIRE COURSE OF MY LIFE……and catapulted me onto a path last year that has led me to the here and now. Who knew that a simple hug from a stranger could have such a profound effect on the course of one’s life 🙂

    Mighty Morgans last blog post..Mental Sketches

  6. @Trish thanks! I am going to check out your post. Good one 🙂

    @Don hello my friend… wow… that’s a big hug! and here’s one for you… ((())) HUG

    @Hey Mighty Morgan, I remember when you posted about that hug over at flowers… awesome stuff and thanks for dropping in to share 🙂

    Group Hug time…

  7. Hi Ange,

    I’d have to go to Australia to do any free hugging. Where I am right now I can be charged with sexual harassment, or acts of lasciviousness. LOL!

    But I agree with you on what it can do and what it could mean to all those who are involved in such an activity.

    Perhaps I should start one wherever I am eh? 🙂 –Durano, done!

    durano lawayans last blog post..Bare Bones Bank for the Boys

  8. @Jim thanks… I know it is well overdue, but I am happy with the end product! Next time, you’re in there with me buddy 😉

    @Durano perhaps you should start one wherever you are… sounds good to me 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

    (((HUGS))) mousewords… glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Hi Emma, I called the Melbourne City council and asked for permission. There was no permit involved. Call your local council or the area you are thinking of doing this and check with them. Letting them know is safer than not telling them.

    Enjoy your day giving away free hugs, I had a lot of fun.