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Get on the peace crane project to benefit Japan

March 16, 2011

Cisa Payuyo, left, and sophomore education major Tricia Abouabdo '13, get started on peace cranes.

The Fish Interfaith Center invites the entire Chapman University community to join in its origami peace crane project to benefit victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

Participants may stop by and choose an origami crane in exchange for a .50 cent donation, or fold a crane for a .25 cent donation. Of course, donations of any amount are welcome. Colorful paper and instructions on how to fold the origami cranes are set up on a table in the foyer of Wallace All Faiths Chapel. Stop by anytime — it just takes a few minutes to fold a crane.

Proceeds from the crane project will go to Week of Compassion, an organization within The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has relief workers on the ground in Japan.

The project is inspired by the Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. The tradition was famously brought to life by Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who developed leukemia following the explosion of the atom bomb near her home in Hiroshima. Her story is recounted in the popular children’s book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

For more information about how to send help to Japan, check out this story in The Huffington Post.

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