Help cover costs for HugTrain's 5th annual HugTour

For: HugTrain
Organizer: HugTrain
$2,027
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 52 donors
67% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The Problem

For many, the end of Daylight Savings Time is a very difficult time because of the shorter days which can result in a vitamin D deficiency which can lead to depression. Add to this the pressure and, for many, unfulfilled expectations created around the holidays - be they related to family or money or both.

At least 20% of adults in North America will be faced with a major mental health challenge in their lives. In reality, the numbers are likely to be much higher but because of stigma, many do not report or even address their challenges. 

The holiday season is also a time where their friends and support system may be unavailable and can be a time where many contemplate suicide.

Sometimes all it takes to make somebody feel better is a hug. While it won't resolve the underlying problems, a hug has been shown to be good for both physical and mental health and people who recieve hugs often have been found more likely to report excellent mental health according to the Association for Canadian Studies.


Our Solution

2013-14 is the 5th year for HugTrain and this year we're spreading the love even further! We're not just travelling in the US, we're also going to be hugging in Canada! We're going to be traveling more than 10,000 km across North America giving free hugs to anybody that needs one letting people know that they are not invisible and that they matter. We also want to let people with mental health conditions that they are not alone.

HugTrain also helps to raise awareness for mental health to people who travel on the train with us as well as those we meet in the cities we stop in.

As well as giving out free hugs we're also raising money for our charity partners: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and To Write Love on Her Arms. Every dollar we raise over and above our costs will be split equally between them.


The Ask

We still need to cover travel costs for some of the legs:

Here is what we still need to cover:

A Canadian rail pass:   $725

US rail travel:   $600

Accommodations:    $2000

Printing of t-shirts, signs etc:   $250

Food + random acts of kindness:   $1500

Intracity travel (public transport and taxis) $500

We also accept in-kind donations

The Give

Supporters will get as many hugs as they want and North American exposure for yourself and your business in association with this important cause! We're going to be contacting local media outlets in every city and are actively talking with national print, online and broadcast media.

Once we have reached our goal, we ask that you donate directly to our charity partners via the Donatepage on our website.


Can't support us financially? Here are other ways you can help

We realize that not everyone can make a financial contribution but there are plenty of other ways you can help.

  • Come out to hug, be hugged and take pictures at our stops Check out the itinerary here
  • Help us find the things we would otherwise have to pay for (food, a couch or bed to sleep on, a ride or even some Amtrak or hotel program points)
  • Tell your friends about HugTrain and this campaign.

Thank you

Thank you to the many people and businesses that have given in-kind donations. As a result, we have already been able to eliminate many of our costs - we can't thank you enough if you've already helped HugTrainUSA make out vision a reality! Check out a list of supporters here.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 18, 2013

Posted on December 18, 2013

Well that's a wrap on the first ever Canadian HugTour! I believe it was well recieved judging by the reactions and press - thank you to each and every one of you who helped! Next up: the 5th annual Holiday HugTour launching from Charlotte, NC on Dec 24th! (Yes that's 5 days from now!) 

Posted on November 19, 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013

Very happy to announce our charity partners for 2013-14!

In Canada: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, they help more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 120 communities to develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives.

In the US:  To Write Love On Her Arms is an non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with mental health challenges TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly in treatment and recovery.

Any surplus from out crowdfunding efforts and savings from in-kind donations will be equally divided between the two charities.

Posted on November 13, 2013

Posted on November 13, 2013

Great news! The last donation has just put us over the 50% mark! 
I'm so super excited to be able to do this trip on your behalf! 
11 days to departure - help spread the word so we can get to 100% 

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