By Eddy lee, founder of oneHug
After a 16 year career in the Banking and Finance industry, I was growing very weary of the materialistic and selfishness of this environment. I had always wanted to do something for good but did not know how to achieve this.
In June 2012, I had a major health scare, with doctors having to rule out a tumour on the brain, cancer, and stroke. With 2 kids on on the way it was a very scary time for me and my family. However doctors were quick to diagnose that I had Bell’s Palsy (Temporary Paralysis of the Facial Nerve) and after 6 months I recovered 100% with the love of my friends and family.
This illness gave me the impetus to say enough is enough and I decided to put into action an idea to do good. And then oneHug was born. This is what oneHug is doing at the moment…
Creating random acts of kindess
Via our oneHug Random Acts of Kindness Initiative 200 cafes across Sydney (and out first café internationally in York UK) have joined our positive movement to do nice things for others and putting smiles on their dials and brightening up their day.
The cafes encourage their patrons to purchase another food/drink item, and they will then give it to the next paying customer as a Random Act of Kindness. The café will then provide the recipient with a card and hopefully that customer will Pay It Forward!
Partnering with charities
We are humbled that three major charities have shared in our vision: ChildFund Australia, PinkHope and Autism Spectrum.
oneHug aims to help these charities achieve their objectives, and share the stories of those we have helped to the oneHug community and to all via our social media channels.
Imagine oneHug building clean water pumps to provide clean and safe drinking water. Imagine oneHug helping one woman with Breast/Ovarian Cancer and lowering her risk. Imagine oneHug Funding education tuition for a child with autism, for an education program that has specifically been designed for that child.