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10 Years of HugTrain! Let’s Do It!

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The Mission:

To take on the loneliness epidemic by showing people the importance of vulnerability and compassion as well as demonstrating the huge impact of small actions that anyone can take!

How?

Since 2009, our founder has crisscrossed Canada and the US by train offering hugs to anyone who requests one during the holiday season. This will be the 10th Annual HugTour!

Why hugs?

Study after study has shown that loneliness is causing premature deaths at similar levels to cigarettes and obesity. Not only is it a major risk factor for suicide and an important contributor to anxiety and depression but it also has significant effects on our cardiovascular health, our brain function and our immune systems to name just a few. Hugs have been shown to have a positive impact on all of the health issues that loneliness causes, be they physiological or psychological in nature. They’re also a moment of shared vulnerability which increase trust and gives people a sense of belonging. Best of all, hugs are an example of a small action anyone can take to make the world a better place!

When?

The 10th annual HugTrain will run from December 24th to January 8th stopping in Montreal, New York , New Orleans , San Antonio , Tucson , Los Angeles, San Francisco , Denver , Chicago, Pittsburgh , Philadelphia  and points in between!

If you are in one of these cities, please RSVP to our events on facebook  so we can meet up! Invite your friends! 

This itinerary is a tribute to my friend Philip, a true hearted person, that the world lost in April at the age of 22 after a long struggle with addiction. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in peace.

How can I help?

HugTrain is a crowdfunded movement. It's up to people who care to keep it going.  We need donations in the form of:
cash,
accommodations,
meals,
transportation
and help with marketing/PR and logistics

Everything you contribute will be used to propel the HugTrain movement, take on the loneliness epidemic and help create a healthier, more compassionate world. Please give generously and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions!
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Today is #GivingTuesday! Please share this opportunity to make a difference with your friends and family! We are so close to covering all of this year’s costs! :)
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It’s with a heavy heart that I must confirm that VIA Rail has confirmed that Arié may not hug in its stations or on its trains. We apologise to anyone in Canada that was looking forward to a hug.
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We have some good need and some bad news. First the bad news: VIA Rail, Canada’s passenger rail company, is standing by their decision to deny Arié the permission to hug on board their trains this year so we have to cancel the Canadian portion of the trip. The good news is that this means we are only a few hundred dollars short of fully funding the US part of the trip! Please keep sharing this campaign so we can get there and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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Happy World Kindness Day! We’re almost at 45% with 2 weeks to go! Thank you all so much! We still need to cover the costs of 21 nights of accommodations, 105 meals and about 90 or so rides to/from the train station etc. Please continue to share the campaign directly with people you know and tell them why you support HugTrain so we can get there! Also, we’ve created Facebook events for each of the local stops as well as a launch party in Montreal on Nov 25th. Please RSVP so you can get a hug in person and unite your friends too! Thank you again and let keep hugging it forward! *HUGS*
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