Origami cranes for Japan disaster relief

Paper cranes at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima Photo: Dorothy McDonall

This afternoon I heard on the radio that university students in Toronto, Canada, are folding origami paper cranes to raise money for disaster relief in Japan.

The  crane is significant to the Japanese as a symbol of honor and loyalty. They also believe that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish. The university students had hoped to sell 1,000 cranes but have already surpassed that number.

At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, paper cranes hang abundantly from tree limbs underscoring the Japanese wish for peace and the desire that another atomic disaster is never experienced. In the museum a volunteer gave me a paper crane they had folded and which I now treasure as a reminder to keep peace alive.

If you can, please support the ongoing disaster relief efforts by purchasing an origami paper crane folded by these caring and innovative university students.

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