Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Paper Cranes for Hope

Interact related

Remember the catastrophic earthquake that struck Japan back in March?

I could still remember that was the time when I just got elected as the new president for KTJ Interact Club. Once in power, I started to think of some new project for the club.

I approaced our teacher adviser and told him about the idea of doing something for the Japanese. After discussing, we came to a conclusion to not organize any monetary donations but a more innovative way to show our concern for them. I mean, to think economical wise, Japan is a well developed country or in other words, rich. Besides, since world war times the Japanese had already exposed to us their positive attitude while reeling on disasters. They are strong people, to be exact.

"An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family."- Wikipedia

Thus, we decided to fold paper cranes for the unfortunate. Since 1000 equals to a wish, we targeted to make 2000 cranes (wishes: Peace & Hope) to be presented to the Japan Embassy to show our deepest condolences while raising awareness among our students about the earthquake. Cool right?

I would like to thank all my fellow BODs and friends that helped out to tie all the origami together into strings of colourful paper cranes. It was not an easy task, trust me.  And also a big thank you to all students of the school and our teacher adviser, Mr Kenneth Wong and family for helping to fold that 2000 paper cranes. We actually made more than that, in fact.


me together with my vice president and two hon. secretaries :)
from left: Steph, Adibah, Me, Ika

(LOL girl power)

We didn't have the chance to meet the Ambassador himself because he was too busy that time due to the ongoing disaster in Japan. This is his assistant.

The ambassador sent us a reply letter a few days later and we were delighted that he actually appreciated our cranes :)) A very sweet letter from him, but I am lazy to upload here :P
and yea, Japan has now recovered much from the catastrophe. 

**If you wonder why this post is so formal, well, simple: To show my respect for Japan :) heh.