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Peace and paper cranes - What our district can do

Following Rotary’s theme Peace through Service, District Governor Graeme Blick has committed to sending paper cranes to Japan as a symbol of the peace within our Rotary district.

Peace cranes are inspired by the death of a twelve year old girl who survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima 1945, only to develop leukaemia from the contaminated air.

While in hospital for her last months, a parcel of coloured paper arrived for the sick children, her mother believed that if she folded 1000 paper cranes that it could cure her of her sickness.

After her death a statue was erected of her holding a paper crane, representing all the children who died from the atomic bomb. “This is our cry. This is our prayer. For building peace in this world” is the passage written on the plaque.

Graeme explained that “each year, children and adults from all over the world send paper cranes and travel to the Children’s Peace Monument, bringing their own folded paper cranes as a gift to Sadako’s memory, and as a symbol of their desire for peace in the world.”

This is why he is asking all Rotary members to fold a crane to send over to Japan to represent the peace in District 9940. He said it is to remind us that New Zealand is a “peaceful country”.

Instructions explaining how to fold a paper crane are with RCW, so “there are no excuses”.

Also a video showing hold to fold a Peace Crane

To read the full story of Sadako and the Peace Cranes click here.