Hi EveryoneI was supposed to be Hugging the World in 80 Days this fall but, due circumstances beyond my control, I am instead hugging Europe and Israel!
What began in 2002 as a bicycle ride across North America to honor my dear friend Kevin Bowser who passed away in the World Trade Centers on September 11th, 2001
has transformed into my personal quest to promote tolerance and cross-cultural understanding by hugging people all around the world.I realize that some may think I’m crazy for doing this.
But, as I see it, the fabric of humanity tatters, just a bit, every time we read news stories of one tragedy followed by another and I can't think of a better way to repair those societal tears than going out and offering a stranger a hug or high5 One would think that I would be done with this after spending my last 18 years hugging over half a million people in 50 US States and 37 countries - but I'm not.
In fact, I am ready to hug even more.
That’s why at 7 a.m. on September 12, 2019, I will be offering hugs to people at my friend Kevin Bowser’s name at the September 11 Memorial in New York, NY.
From there, I am flying to Ireland to offer hugs to people in Dublin and Belfast, and then moving on to London and Paris.
Once in Paris, thanks to a partnership with Advantage Rental Car
I will then drive to Lucerne, Vaduz, Rome, and Vatican City.
Then, I’ll fly to Israel to offer hugs to seniors and Survivors in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
At that point, I’ll return home to Philadelphia and get to planning my biggest trip yet- a massive 61 nation "Hug the World" trip for 2021; the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Stay tuned for updates on davidhalesylvester.com, Instagram: thehumanhigh5 or 267.252.1974Now for my itinerary-dates are subject to change so please stay in touch September 12:
NYC @ 9/11 Memorial
- NYFD Rescue Co 1 530 W 43rd StreetSeptember 14:
Dublin @ Little Bird Yoga Cafe
and hugging the Lord Mayor of Dublin on the steps of City Hall September 15:
Belfast Queens University of Belfast, Belfast Chamber of Commerce
with members of ACSONI - African & Caribbean community of Northern Ireland - acsoni.org September 17:
London - Prime Meridian
- Saville Row Tailor, The Cad and the Dandy
- The crosswalk at Abbey Road Studios
- Piccadilly Circus - Big Ben - SoHo Fitness Lab- hugging patients @ The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth POSSIBLYSeptember 20:
Paris Notre Dame - Eiffel Tower - Hug at New Soul Cafe
September 23: Liechtenstein -Hug Mayor of Vaduz- Liechtenstein Capitol - Altenbach 1, 9490 September 25: Vatican City September 28:
Hug at 9/11 Living Memorial Monument in Jerusalem September 29
: Rosh Hashanah, have a good year.Funds donated will go towards flights, food, gas, driving tolls and expenses. Help me deliver happiness.#BigDaveHugsTheWorld
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