Last Saturday (Sept. 21) was the International Day of Peace. The Whistler Multicultural Network (WMN) marked this occasion by inviting the local community to help us make 1,000 origami cranes in the name of peace, a huge challenge. We began at 11 a.m. with 25 cranes and finished at 5 p.m. with 700! We didn’t quite make 1,000 cranes as planned but we were not disappointed as we met an incredible group of people, locals and visitors, who helped us get there. Locals from many different cultures and backgrounds worked together to fold cranes and learn about the story of Sadako from Hiroshima.
We will be forever grateful to those who helped us by making a piece of peace – or in many cases, pieces of peace! It was a day of teaching, learning, storytelling and teamwork, all done through the medium of origami. We are also grateful to a local couple who made a generous donation to the WMN on Sunday. Ai Nakamura and Rob Morgan got married that day (Congratulations!) and made origami cranes to decorate their wedding venue. After the wedding, they donated them to the Peace Crane Challenge, which meant we achieved our goal of 1,000 cranes, it made our wish come true! Thank you Ai and Rob. Your pieces of peace, and memories of your wedding, will be enjoyed by Whistler Library users.
The WMN would like to thank Whistler Library, for their support of our organization and for allowing us to take over the lobby last Saturday. We would also like to thank Tiffany at David’s Tea for generously donating some delicious tea for the event. Our volunteers and visitors greatly appreciated the refreshment. Without some key people, Saturday would not have been as enjoyable or successful. To our volunteers Masumi, Emily, Paul, Carole, Martin, and Yoshimi to Izumi, Nancy and Yuko and their children, and all of the families from the Japanese community: thank you for your smiling faces, patience and presence on Saturday. Thank you also to Caterina Alberti for the invitation to talk about our project at the Peace Day Ceremony on Saturday evening. Your support was much appreciated.
The Peace Crane Tree will be on display at Whistler Library. If you would like to know more information about the WMN, go to www.whistlermulticulturalnetwork.com.
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