Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cranes for Flight MH370

Sue Yi, 12, taking a look at a bird-shaped origami for flight MH370 made by the public to pray for the safe return of the crew and passengers of the jetliner. — Bernama photo

Origami cranes as symbol of hope

MH370 Penangites have come together to fold paper cranes and offer prayers for passengers and crew and their families as the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 enters its ninth day.
Hundreds of colourful paper cranes lined the front of the Whiteaways building in the morning event, organised by Occupy Beach Street, which saw many, including tourists and politicians, show their solidarity with the victims of the missing plane.

MH370 carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared on March 8, shortly after taking off from KLIA en route to Beijing.

“As we continue to search for the plane, we want to give the public a place to express themselves and to declare their solidarity with the passengers and their families,” said Jack Wong, spokesperson for Occupy Beach Street project.

“At the same time, we provide lessons on how to fold the paper cranes, which are symbols of peace all over the world,” he added.

“The cranes are made of recycled paper and hands-on training is provided by origami enthusiasts.” he said, when met at the event today.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that whoever folds a thousand origami cranes, which have become an international symbol of peace, their wish would be granted.

Hues of heartfelt hopes Written prayers on folded paper cranes winging their way to MH370:


MALAYSIANS from all walks of life came together to express their well wishes for the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
In Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall’s paper crane making sessions saw participants folding an array of colourful origami pieces inscribed with heartfelt messages of hope.
The paper cranes, in shades of blue, pink, orange, peach, yellow and green, were then pinned up on boards and hung around the event site, where they will remain until the end of next week.
The event themed ‘5,000 cranes, 5,000 wishes, 5,000 prayers’ was held at the mall’s St. Jo’s building.


Participants channeling their prayers for the missing airliner through the act of folding paper cranes in various colours.

Hat tip:  Robin Macey

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