Free Hugs Badge
Free Hugs Badge
Back in 1989 REMO celebrated a man who had spent 37 years of his life repeatedly (and secretly) writing a single word in chalk onto the streets of Sydney.
That man was Arthur Stace, and the word was Eternity.
It is, therefore, very fitting that almost 20 years later we would celebrate a man who also, with a single repeated gesture, madeæa difference; touching and inspiring people ... and this time all over the world.
That man is Juan Mann, and that gesture was/isæthe FREE HUG.
Every Thursday from around noon, Juan would standæin a busy plaza in the City of Sydney holding a cardboard sign that boreæthe hand blocked words "FREE HUGS" on both sides ... dishing out same to the bewildered, amused, comforted and delighted.
There's a chance that you already know this story. The original YouTube video (above) has been viewed millions of times. Juan's gesture is celebrated and mimicked all over the world. He's been on Oprah. FREE HUGS has become a global phenomenon.
So, how did it all start?
Here's how Juan explains the genesis of his calling:
"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."
REMO is happy and proud to be associated with FREE HUGS. In collaboration with Juan we developed a range of REMO merchandise bearing a faithful reproduction of the FREE HUGS sign.
Badge made for us here in Sydney. Wear it with pride.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship from REMO in Bondi. However, just about everything bearing a design is now printed to order and shipped from a production facility in Victoria. This new process takes a little longer, but the wait is worthwhile. For Regular Shipping orders, it takes roughly 7 to 15 business days to custom print and deliver your order using Australia Post. Some places outside metropolitan areas may take a bit longer. Need them a bit faster? Select the Express delivery option and we will use that method of shipping, although this will not speed the production process itself.Please note that international orders may be subject to additional customs fees and duties, which are the responsibility of the customer.CustOMERs can return or exchange for any reason whatsoever. Please just send the items back to us at PO Box 7488 Bondi Beach 2026 in the original packaging with clear exchange or return instructions.Having said this, all REMO merchandise bearing designs is now custom made to order. We do not operate a physical store and have no use for returned t shirts. Therefore, we would ask you then to please be very careful with T Shirt size selection. There is a table on every T Shirt product page that sets out relatively exact measurements for both width and length of the various sizes. If you have a T Shirt you like and a ruler near by, you should be able to work out your size. Also, AS Colour is a relatively well known brand, especially in the Australian market, so many of you would already know your size for that brand.