Free Fijian Hugs in the United Kingdom

Bula Talanoa,

My name is Luke Rokobuli and I’ve resided in the United Kingdom for the past 13 years. Originally I am from Bua. I now live in Ipswich with my wife and five children. I stumbled across your web site and I think it is a brilliant idea to be able to share stories that will inspire and also encourage people to work and learn about each other.

On the 21st July, 2016 I celebrated my birthday by giving Free Hugs in Ipswich Town centre. It was an amazing experience, something which I will never forget. My son accompanied me and took the photos. I wanted to do something different for my birthday and secondly, after the EU referendum there was a rise in racism, racist comments all over the country.I wanted to make a difference by giving out free hugs on my birthday.

I met so many different people. Each had their own story to tell. I also learnt a lot. I learnt that for the healing to begin, each and everyone need to love and respect each other regardless of age, gender, religion, nationality or colour.
So here are some photos of my Free Hugs event in Ipswich Town. I hope that it will inspire and encourage people to love, respect and work together for the common good of the United Kingdom.

Kind Regards,
Luke Rokobuli


Arieta Tora Rika is a writer, Pacific storyteller, and Talanoa's Founder. With over 10 years of experience in social impact and non-profit communications across Australia and the Pacific, Arieta has dedicated her career to writing for positive change in vulnerable communities. She is currently a Communications Manager for The Salvation Army's aged care services, a part-time student at Western Sydney University as she completes a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), and a sometimes storyteller and cultural advisor for Talanoa.