The six-year-old boy from Co Cork, whose ‘virtual hug’ provided one of television’s most memorable moments last year, is set to see it light up buildings across the country tonight.
Adam King’s virtual hug sign, which he first shared with Late Late Toy Show host Ryan Tubridy, will be displayed at locations in Dublin, Cork and Waterford city centres.
Adam King’s ‘virtual hug’ sign is set to light up locations across the country this evening. The six-year-old Toy Show star is encouraging people to send a ‘virtual hug’ to someone they care about #NationalHuggingDay ❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/1KBRmpBnuI
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 21, 2021
It’s hoped the gesture will encourage people to send a virtual hug to someone they care about.
In a post on social media, Adam said: “Because we can’t hug each other, I am sending a virtual hug to all of you. So keep an eye out, as you might catch one!”
After talking about his interest in space on the Toy Show, Adam received a surprise video call from retired astronaut Chris Hadfield.
He also received a congratulatory letter from the Taoiseach and the ‘virtual hug’ was made into a postmark by An Post.
Today, 21 January, marks National Hugging Day in a number of countries, including the United States, where it was first celebrated in 1986.