Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE FESTIVAL FOLDS A THOUSAND CRANES FOR CHILDREN


With our recent 10th SDAFF in October, which was also breast cancer awareness month, the Festival chose to promote Cancer Awareness during the festival through an origami project we called “FOLD A PRAYER,” inspired by the true story of Sadako Sasaki.

Sadako was a young girl who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing and developed leukemia from the radiation. She spent her time in a nursing home folding paper cranes in hope of making a thousand, which supposedly would have allowed her to make one wish - which was to live.

Anthony Noceda, a long-time Festival staff member, spearheaded our Fold a Prayer campaign, which touched so many volunteers and Festival attendees that we exceeded our 1,000 goal, creating more than 1400 origami paper cranes!

On Wednesday December 2nd, 2009, the cranes were delivered and donated to Rady's Childrens' Hospital to be displayed in the convalescent ward and also to be distributed in the ER.

We would like to especially thank Amanda Austin from Rady's for accepting the origami cranes, as well as volunteers Jessica Calixto and Aya Ibarra for their assistance in coordinating the Fold A Prayer Campaign.

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