Fri 18 January 2019 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Alenby 60 - Alenby 60, Tel Aviv, FREE
“I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.
Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.
So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.
And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.
Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.”
In 2004 Juan Mann, a gorgeous Australian man of Egyptian origin, came to Sydney, Australia, straight from London,
He went out into the street and offered free hugs to anyone he wanted. And he hugged a lot of people.
“free hug” movement was established and since then it has been a worldwide phenomenon, their goal is to spread love.
You’re welcome to bring a guitar, fun hats and happy clothes and most importantly your smile:)
We will prepare some signs and you are invited to prepare some too! Be creative and make them colorful. They can be in any language, like Russian or Arabic.
About the ‘pele’:
An island of sanity and love in the heart of Tel Aviv.
“Pele” is powered by a wonderful group of devoted volunteers whose faith is love. Is financed entirely by the contributions of those who come to its gates.
A meeting place and a vegan gathering for all that his heart wishes to open, to connect and to love. Space for creativity, workshops, conferences, concerts, movies and events aimed at promoting love through tolerance and giving. A place to open the heart and head and to find other partners to build a better world.
You are invited to come, experience, intensify, empower, be excited and just be.