Queensland Health’s newest spirit-lifting initiative is to have 1000 paper cranes made in solidarity with the children and families fighting childhood cancers at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

With some time, patience and nimble fingers, you can help bring hope to seriously ill kids and those who are fighting with them. How?

There’s a Japanese tradition that says making 1000 origami paper cranes brings good luck and a granted wish. A girl named Sadako Sasaki, who was diagnosed with leukaemia during World War II, popularised the legend for us today when she attempted to make 1000 origami cranes during her hospital stay.

Her legacy of courage is one that Queensland Health hopes will be upheld for today’s young battlers of terminal disease. And, that’s where you come in.

It’s time to lay out your prettiest paper and get crafty for a cause!

Not sure how to fold a crane? You can start learning here or watch this handy video.

Once your crane is complete, you can drop them in at the reception desk on level 2 at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Alternatively, you can post them to:

Cranes for Kids with Cancer
c/o Communications Unit,
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Level 9, Centre for Children’s Health Research,
62 Graham Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Let’s fill the hospital with cranes, Brisbane!