Press Release – 2022

Announcing National Hugging Day™ – Friday January 21, 2022

[CARO, MICHIGAN U.S.A. January 17, 2022]

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently in progress, I would like to offer prayers and healing to those affected by this virus. In order to encourage prudence and safety during this time, I advise you to seek important guidance provided by the CDC and WHO with regards to physical distancing ((virtual hug))!

Humanity is becoming more and more fearful and isolated. Hate, bigotry and violence is increasing. People are starting to believe there are no safe places to go, grow and thrive as community. We look at others with trepidation and wonder how we, our families and friends can remain safe. “Thoughts & Prayers” for the victims and families of hate/violence are necessary and productive, yet those actions often fall short as they can seem empty without faith, hope and something tangible with which to connect. The COVID-19 pandemic precautions have appropriately led to calls for “physical distancing” and masking-up to help prevent the spread of this virus. Families need to experience the human touch to thrive and improve overall health and emotional well-being. What can be done?

This is where National Hugging Day™ can help. Healing and change CAN occur when we come together in love and acceptance as one human family. During the pandemic, use caution if hugging (mask-up) and try to keep it within your immediate family or “bubble.”

National Hugging Day™, (occasionally shortened to Hug Day, National Hug Day, International and Global Hug Day), was first widely celebrated in 1986 after being published in “Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events.” Kevin Zaborney created this exciting observance. Since that time, National Hugging Day™ has continued to grow internationally (USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, UK and Ireland, Germany, Georgia, Sweden, Spain, France, Russia, South Africa, as examples). National Hugging Day™ was primarily created to encourage family and friends to hug often (and consensually) with one another. Reasonable care should be taken with those who are either uncomfortable with public affection or their reaction to a hug is unknown. In those situations, it is advised to ask first before hugging and exchange consent. There is an abundance of past and current research available that finds positive touch, such as hugging, improves one’s physical, emotional and spiritual health. Embrace National Hugging Day™ every day!

In recognition of those who are making this difference through hugging:

Official Announcement:                  “THE MOST HUGGABLE OF 2022”

  • The band “G AND THE JOLLY CUCUMBERS” recently released The Most Huggable Song/Single “Wrap My Arms Around You.” The song promotes the power of hugs and encompasses everything National Hugging Day™ is about. The group is made up of current “Air Supply” band members and self-described huggers Graham Russell (lead vocals/guitar/song writer), Mirko Tessandori (piano/vocals/music director), and Doug Gild (bass/vocals). According to Graham, we “want to keep everything in an organic and acoustic field, but we will be using an orchestra now and again… Sometimes I write in a different style, I never know what is coming next, but I do like that! G and The Jolly Cucumbers is a slightly different creative outlet for me, with very similar ingredients.” Per Mirko, “I recorded a song with my band about hugging and thought it was the perfect song for NHD!”

Facebook link: G and the Jolly Cucumbers

Website link: G and the Jolly Cucumbers

  • Adam King, 7 years old from East Cork, Ireland, was born with a rare genetic condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI for short). Adam has the most severe form of this condition (Type III) compatible with life. Adam has become an inspiration to many in his determination to be a role model for people with additional needs and achieve his dream of being a NASA CAPCOM. Adam and his family believe in adventures with a difference, and Adam constantly strives to achieve new ways to break glass ceilings through projects such as “Adam Loves Adventure” an animated series in development with Kavaleer Productions in Ireland. 
    In 2019 Adam appeared as one of many younger guests on the  The Late Late Toy Show™ . This is an annual tradition where RTÉ, the national broadcaster of Ireland, turn over their flagship TV show to kids to test toys, raise spirits and mark the beginning of Christmas. Adam introduced the world to a beautiful hug he had drawn to stay closer to his teacher and friends during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Adam’s hug and the story of why he drew it resonated with people far and wide. Overnight Adam and his hug received global recognition including connections with NASAChris Hadfield and a special flight for his hug in space by Virgin Galactic. Adam even received a letter from American President, Joe Biden! The wonderful story of Adam and his virtual hug inspired his Dad, David, to write a children’s book, A Hug for Youwhich won Irish Junior Children’s Book of the Year and was shortlisted for overall Irish Book of the Year 2021. 
    Recognising the need for Adam’s message, Adam and his family decided to share his virtual hug with the world. To meet peoples’ need for connection whilst also supporting two charities close to Adam’s heart, Adam’s Virtual Hug (©Adam King, 2020) was made available to the public as a charity card for Children’s Health Foundation at Templestreet in Dublin, and CUH Children’s Charity in Cork. The card would go on to raise over $280k. 
    Adam continues to spread his message of kindness and connection worldwide through various projects with Adam’s Virtual Hug © #adamsvirtualhug and is delighted to mark National Hugging Day™ in Ireland by sharing his hug nationwide on the day.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJdoBxlZtyc
    You can follow Adam on Instagram @Adamkingadventures, on Twitter @AdamKingIRL, and at www.adamkingadventures.com
    For all engagement or commercial collaborations please contact Cadence PR on juelie@cadencepr.ie

National Hugging Day, LLC and National Hugging Day™ is a culmination of 36 years of educating and promoting to citizens of our global community the values and benefits directly related to love and kindness through the power of consensual hugging. Sponsorships and event locales are being sought. Kevin Zaborney, creator and founder, is available media interviews and speaking engagements.

For more information, visit https://nationalhuggingday.wordpress.com/

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