Have you ever tried making one thousand cranes before?
We challenged ourselves to fold a thousand cranes a little while ago to raise money for leukaemia. We did a good job with our fund raising. Look at our paper crane collection. It was a lot of fun to make so many cranes.
The reason why folding 1000 cranes is associated with leukaemia is due to the story of Sadako and the Paper Cranes.
Sadako died of radiation poisoning just 10 years following the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. But while she was still alive her friends tried to fold one thousand cranes from paper to cling to a miracle that her health would be restored. (A Japanese saying suggested that ‘if you folded a thousand cranes one wish would be granted’.)
It is to her credit that a legacy of paper cranes continues to symbolize hope for so many others.
With so many people trapped in Indonesia and caught in the tsunami in the Samoan region …. I am thinking of the 1000 cranes out of origami paper and praying for some miracles tonight!