Juan believes that what he is doing is very important.
And his simple hugs have influenced many people.
Recently, Juan has become very famous for his ‘Free Hug Campaign.’
In 2006, Juan’s grandmother died.
It was a difficult time for him.
To cheer him up, Shimon, Juan’s friend, made a short video for Juan.
The video included moving pictures of Juan standing in Pitt Street Mall holding his sign.
It showed him hugging people.
The video shows other people also offering more free hugs.
And it is clear that the people receiving hugs are very happy.
Shimon put the video on the internet.
There, millions of people watched it!
The video encouraged and inspired many people.
Many people made comments about it.
Here are a few of the things people said.
“Just imagine if we could one day gather all the major religious figures and have them just give each other hugs.
Think of the impact world-wide...Peace!”
“I am Brazilian and I am completely inspired after watching this video.
I almost cried.
I want to start something like Free Hugs in my country too!
It would be incredible if people all over the world started to do it as well.
We are always talking about peace and so on, but we do little.
This is the proof that we all can do something to make this world a better place to live.”