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

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Arieta Tora Rika is a Tongan-Fijian Freelance Writer, Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist, and Talanoa's Founder and Creative Director. Born in Darlinghurst in the late 80s, she spent most of her childhood in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, and all of her teen years in Tonga. She now lives in Western Sydney with her husband Josese.