Letters of Hope
Posted on February 23rd, 2017
Inspired by a Letters of Hope campaign in the Lethbridge area, our leadership students came up with their own way to lift the spirits of those hospitalized in the city.
Through Letters of Hope, students gave the "letters" idea their own twist, by folding 1,000 origami cranes. The crane is a Japanese symbol of good fortune and longevity. By folding paper into the form of the bird, the students were following the example set by Sadako Sasaki, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She was later diagnosed with cancer and began folding cranes while in hospital in hopes of completing 1,000, which, legend has it, would result in her being granted a wish. When she succumbed to illness before completing 1,000, her classmates took on the task.
The cranes made by our students were delivered to patients at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, as part of care packages distributed on Christmas Eve.
In addition to folding cranes representing a wish for wellness, students created chains of paper gingerbread men, decorated with pictures and messages. The paper chains were displayed at the west entrance to the hospital.
Ms. Elkestawi said that our student leaders were keen to find another way to give back to the community.