|Every Monday, 5 to 10 people go to the Paulista |
to hug anyone with arms wide open
The idea came from Rachel, the daughter of Chris Julian from Zoe. She found out about this international Free Hugs campaing on the internet on 2009 and decided to do the same in Sao Paulo. A group of Zoe went to Parque Ibirapuera and it was a hit. Since then, they do this every Monday night at Paulista Avenue with signs reading "Abracos". According to Chris, nearly 1,500,000 people walk Avenida Paulista everyday and the Zoe team intention is to share something simple and free. That's the purpose! It's worth a hug, doesn't it?
One more thing, after the hug sections, they often go to Starbucks for coffee and chat. And then head over to a Pizzeria for dinner.
Zoe is a different kind of evangelical church that offers meetings every Saturday night. One of their principles is going to people instead of just inviting them to join.
What: Free Hugs @ Paulista Avenue
Where: Avenida Paulista, 1027 (in front of the Oi Store)
When: Every Monday from 6h30pm to 7pm