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Target: 1,000 Cranes photo competition

Young humanitarians raised awareness for the targeting Nuclear Weapons Campaign by participating in the Target: 1,000 Cranes photo competition. Thousands of entries were sent in from all across the country and Red Cross received well over the intended target of 1,000 cranes.

The Target: 1,000 Cranes photo competition was inspired by the famous true story of Sadako Sasaki, a brave 12-year-old girl who became ill with leukaemia as an after-effect of the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

While in the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital, Sadako recalled a Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. Sadako folded 644 cranes before passing away at age 12. Sadako's school friends folded the remaining 356 paper cranes and buried all 1,000 paper cranes with her.

Fuelled by Sadako's amazing story of hope, thousands of young people set about proving that the power of a single piece of folded paper has not been lost. 10,000 cranes made by Australian young humanitarians made their way across the seas to Geneva and the desks of delegates for Red Cross International conference to highlight the need to make nuclear weapons the target.

You can still support the campaign. It takes less than a minute. Simply visit and vote to support a ban on the use of nuclear weapons.

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