As the Japanese saying goes, ‘the one who folds one thousand paper cranes will be granted one wish’.  On Thursday 17 March from 12pm – 3pm La Trobe University students and staff are invited to raise funds and fold cranes so the wish for a fast recovery can be granted for those who have been affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Origami craneThe fundraising event will take place on the University’s Melbourne campus which has been organised by students who are studying Japanese and the La Trobe Japan club.

Mr Shota Tanaka an international student from Japan thought this event would be a great way to bring the La Trobe community together.

‘In any culture, especially in Japanese culture it is so important to come together in circumstances such as these.  

La Trobe has great ties with Japan, with local students studying the Japanese language and culture, also Japanese students like myself coming here for exchange.  It’s important to come together as a community and do what we can for those affected by the earthquake,’ Mr Tanaka says.

Photo Opportunity

What: Senbazuru, One thousand paper cranes

When: 12pm – 3pm

Where: La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus, Agora

For more information please contact:

Mr Shota Tanaka

T (03) 9479 1446
M 0422 267 641

Lisa Prowling

Media and Communications Officer
T (03) 9479 5517
M 0401 044 784
E l.prowling@latrobe.edu.au