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I know not with what weapons WW III will be fought, but WW IV will be fought with sticks and stones - Einstein

More about the Hug

News stories on the Hug

The first Hug (October 2001)

Photographs of the 84km Peace Heart Run visiting schools

On September 11, 2002, World Peace Day was declared in numerous communities around the world, and tens of thousands of people world-wide participated in the simplest heartfelt expression of peace - a hug! And in Wollongong the 84km Peace Heart Run culminated in an attempt on the Guinness Record for the World's Biggest Hug.

 

The biggest congratulations to everyone who took part - Joel Penson, special guests, volunteers, schools and the Guinness Record attempt huggers - you are all champions!

 

Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful volunteers who did so much throughout the day, and during the jam-packed hours around the big hug.

 

And to everyone who turned up, thank-you. It may have been cold on that hill overlooking the ocean, but the warm hearts of hundreds radiated peace.

 

And we have heard from many other people around the globe, about how they group-hugged on September 11. Thousands hugged in America, thousands in Nigeria, hundreds in the Philippines, and hundreds in many other places. If you have photos of your hugs, we would love to feature it on the website. Email us

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Dawn hugs for the Peace Heart Run team

 

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The Peace Heart Run Team: Karl (logistics), Joel Penson (the peace-lover who ran 84km), Ricky (support on bike) and Chris (support on bike)

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Interviewed by WIN TV at Gwynneville Primary School.

 

Don't forget to check out photos of the Peace Heart Run visiting schools! Click here.

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Thank-you Doreen for lending us your wonderful handmade flags.

 

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Interest was high!

 

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Practice hugs for the volunteers.

 

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Setting up.

 

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Registering for the Guinness Record attempt.

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The Heart-Health Walk: marchers join the Peace Heart Run for the last 1km.

 

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Arrival of the Peace Heart Run and marchers at the Lighthouse.

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Watching the arrival of the Peace Heart Run.

 

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Arrival of the Peace Heart Run and marchers.

 

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Joel - happy to have finished his double-marathon 84km.

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Joel fulfilling his pledge-a-hug of 84: one hug for each kilometre ran.

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Two in one go!

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Hugs for all ages.

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Our Host: Adam Straney from Power FM

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    Joel holds high the torch of Peace.

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Adam and Joel have a brief chat.

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And the Torch of Peace is passed along to the Acting Lord Mayor, Councillor Alex Darling.

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General Manager Mr. Rod Oxley.

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Organisers Sunirmalya Symons (and Sabine Holt seated)

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The sweetest moment: children saying "peace" in different languages, and sharing peace quotes.

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Performers TwinFish.

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The World's Biggest Hug for Peace!

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Much hugs.

 

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The banner was kindly donated by BannersRus

 

The wonderful people who have contributed photos to this page are

1Brian Goddard (click to visit his home page)

2Alex Jing-Bai

3Andrea & Peter Creagh

4Sunirmalya Symons

 

 


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