This Valentine, NGO Movement On The Ground celebrates love by creating a virtual hug
This Valentine's Day, NGO Movement On The Ground celebrate love by creating the world's largest virtual hug to connect us all amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, 11 February 2021 – Movement On The Ground, the Dutch NGO supporting refugees in camps on the Greek islands, wants to create the world's largest virtual hug. In late January, the organisation kicked off the Movement with the likes of football star Davy Klaassen and Dutch chef Ron Blaauw, and over the past three weeks, refugee camp residents, famous faces like Katja Schuurman and Marloes Coenen and citizens from The Netherlands, the USA, Greece, Lebanon and Australia all joined to create a chain of virtual hugs.
Now, Movement On The Ground plans to seize Valentine's Day – a day dedicated to celebrating love – as an opportunity to create the world's largest hug that connects us all amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The power of 'just one hug'
Hugs are a globally recognised act that connects us, human to human. Movement On The Ground, an organisation of motivated people responding to a humanitarian crisis affecting the innocent men, women and children forced from their homes, wants to help the world feel connected again, through the giving and asking of virtual hugs.
The organisation has been active in Greece, specifically on the islands of Lesvos and Samos, for the past five years and closely works with and for people who flee their homes in search of safety, often unsure as to when or if they will be able to hug the ones they love again.
Recognising that right now, people across the world are experiencing a similar fate, the organisation launched the 'One Hug Away' campaign in order to connect humans across the globe – no matter who they are or where they come from – and drive additional awareness to the current refugee situation in Greece.
"I never felt the emotional importance of a hug before, like I do now. I want to send the biggest hug ever to my five brothers who still live in Iraq. A hug to tell them how much I've missed them in my life. How much they matter to me, no matter the distance. To feel the warmth of the old days, no matter how challenging they were." – Mohammad Khalaf, Movement On The Ground sports coach and photographe
How can you take part? It's simple!
Just take a photo of yourself giving a hug and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #hugaway.
For more information visit https://movementontheground.com/
Marketing & Communications Manager
Movement On The Ground