Jeff Ondash, nicknamed Teddy McHuggin, broke the current hugging record of 5,000 hugs in one day. Ondash tallied over 700 hugs during the first hour of his Las Vegas hug-a-thon and finished up with a total of 7,777 hugs. The Canfield, Ohio man already holds the Guinness World Record for most hugs in one hour but wants to try for the world’s longest single hug record--currently 24 hours and 1 second.
Ondash, as Teddy McHuggin hugs as a way to raise money for charities like the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
The Heart Association seems particularly appropriate.
Teddy McHuggin Embraces Worthy Causes
1. Virtual Hug Events - Organizing virtual hug events can be a disruptive way to raise funds for charities and connect people.
2. Social Impact Hugging - The concept of using hugging as a means to promote charitable causes and social impact presents a disruptive innovation opportunity.
3. Record-breaking Challenges - Creating challenges around breaking hugging records can be a unique and engaging way to attract attention and raise funds for worthy causes.
1. Charity Fundraising - Charity organizations can explore unique hugging events to engage donors and raise funds for their causes.
2. Event Planning - Event planning companies can incorporate hug-themed events as a new and exciting offering for clients.
3. Wellness and Mental Health - Wellness and mental health organizations can leverage the therapeutic value of hugging in their programs and services.