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Name: Marianna Kiosia
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Sunderland
Campaign: To make people smile with random good gestures

Everybody seems wrapped up in their own lives these days, but sometimes it’s good to forget about your worries and do something that puts a smile on your face.


With this positive feeling in mind, my team and I organised a Good Gestures Day in Market Square, Sunderland on Saturday 10th May.


The event, which was also held in other parts of the country, involved us giving random members of the public free high-fives, hugs, fist bumps and handshakes to put them in a good mood.


The inspiration behind the campaign is Stephen Sutton, who had incurable cancer.


Despite his poor health, he continued to be positive about life and make others happy.


I’m currently studying at university in Sunderland, and although I didn’t know Stephen personally, I was inspired to take part in this event after learning about his remarkable story.


He is a true inspiration and a role model to people around the world. That's why we're aiming to make this event a great success!

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:


Ka Man So

Mihai Catea

Xuefang Pan

Athanasios Nikalau

Can Wang

Chenfan Qui

Emanuella Traianos

Grace Qui

Lin Liu

Rujia Luo

So Man

Thi phuong thao Nguyen

Usman Amin

Xuefang Pan

Yayun Wang

Yin Cai

Yinglu Zhang

Yiyi Wan

Yuting Gui

Sunderland University Students' Union Volunteering Department

Volunteering and Environmental Co-ordinator Adam Gawne has supported our Fix by promoting our campaign and helping us recruit volunteers for the event.

April 2014

Our National Good Gestures Day event was held in Market Square, Sunderland town centre on Saturday 10th May.


Click here to find out more about National Good Gestures Day 2014.


Our event was so much fun and I even feel like I've made some really wonderful new friends! We tend to be too suspicious of each other these days which is why I believe this campaign is so great - most people are kindhearted, we just don't get the chance to show it!


Feedback from members of the public was great! You can read some of these comments below:


'I think it's a great idea! All this positivity is bound to be uplifting and it can lift you out of any situation. Someone could have been walking around with the weight of the world on their shoulders and out of nowhere they've gotten a free hug from a stranger. How could that not cheer someone up.'


'I think it's lovely to look around and see all these bright T-shirts and young people, making others happy.'


'I've never heard of this before but I think it's a nice idea!'


'It's great! You all look so cute in your T-shirts hugging people and fist bumping them!'


'You've made my day!'


Scroll down to see photos from the event.


The group of Good Gestures Fixers in Sunderland


Two musical Fixers enhance the positive atmosphere



The Fixers enjoy hugs from everyone during the event


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