Inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, paper cranes have become a powerful symbol of peace.
Sadako fell ill with leukemia due to radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Japanese tradition says that if a person folds a thousand cranes, they will be granted one wish. Sadako managed to fold over 1000 cranes before succumbing to her illness at age 12.
With the help of the local community, Lavington Library is gathering paper cranes with the hope of collecting a thousand (or more!). The cranes will be on display at the library before they are sent to the Paper Cranes and Children's Peace Monument