For 10 years, we have sent origami cranes flying from Ipswich’s General Sutton ladder truck, with the help of firefighter volunteers, as a symbol of healing and remembrance, in solidarity with other cancer patients and organizations.
The cranes have flown from fire trucks outside the school to kickstart the Coast of Hope bike ride, at the Crane Estate to launch a Coast of Hope walk, and most recently as part of the annual Ipswich Illumination cultural event along the river. Read more about this and other Ipswich Illumination events in the Ipswich Chronicle article.
Use of paper cranes as a response to cancer, worldwide, is inspired by Sadako’s Thousand Paper Cranes story. She folded cranes in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, when she developed radiation sickness, aka cancer, and focused her energy and hope on the spiritual practice of folding 1000 paper cranes as a wish for long life.
This will be the 10th anniversary of this event!