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While I was digging around in the wedding websites for my green wedding articles, I stumbled across the Toronto based The Wedding Co. They have organized a worldwide DIY project called, The Crane Chandelier for cancer research.

The Wedding Co. is building a chandelier from origami cranes signed by brides and from around the globe. For each crane they receive, they will donate 50 cents to cancer research. Their goal is to collect 10,000 of these peaceful tokens of love. The culmination of these efforts will be contributing to a community art installation piece. The project will end at The Wedding Co.?s 10th anniversary party in January 2011.

Why cranes? In Asia, the white crane is the bird that symbolizes peace. Originally it represented peace from prosperity and friendship. The crane later took on even greater significance as a peace symbol in Japan, right after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1955, a little eleven-year old Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki, was diagnosed with leukemia from exposure to nuclear radiation. Sadako heard that if she folded a thousand paper cranes, she would be granted a wish. She began folding one crane after another, wishing for a healthy body and a world of peace. Sadly, she died within the year. Her famous story became legendary to the people of Japan, and eventually to the world.

Many school children in the US read The Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a book that led to the creation of The World Peace Project for Children, an organization that devotes their mission to making cranes for world peace.

DIY Crane Chandelier Project

If you would like to send a crane for cancer here are the guidelines:

Who can participate:

- Engaged couples

- Everyone else to spread the word

Here's how it works:

1. Request a crane here or make your own (see directions below).

2. Both partners sign the crane and include their general location and wedding date.

How to make a Paper Crane:

To date, The Wedding Co. has sent over 700 cranes to couples to be signed and received approximately 500 since January.

About the author: Ronnie Citron-Fink lives in New York with her husband, two children (when they come home to the nest), two dogs and a cat. Ronnie is a teacher and a writer. She has been a contributing writer for Family Fun magazine. She currently writes articles about education and home design. Her writings are in four books including Family Fun Home and Some Delights of the Hudson Valley.

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