Folding Origami Cranes to raise awareness of brain cancer

The City of Melville has teamed up with All Saints’ College to kick off the 1,000 Paper Cranes project in partnership with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to raise awareness, promote research and advocate for those affected by Brain Cancer.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the origami Crane, synonymous with Brain Cancer in Australia and the symbol of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, represented longevity and good fortune, which were aspirations for brain cancer patients.

“We want to find 1,000 people willing to make a paper crane, so we are encouraging people to grab a friend and put your origami skills to the test to help raise awareness of brain cancer,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“Many people may not be aware that brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.

“We can band together as a community to help fund research and raise awareness for this disease.

“You can download the origami instructions and a template from, once you’ve completed your crane drop it in to your nearest community centre or library, or bring it along to the community picnic at Piney Lakes on Sunday, 19 March 2017.”

All Saints’ College Japanese language specialist Vita Velletri said the College chose Languages’ Week to inspire student volunteers and staff to fold colourful paper cranes for the 1,000 Paper Cranes project.

“Our students, along with City of Melville community members, will be contributing towards the 1,000 cranes folded and donated in a common effort to raise awareness of brain cancer,” said Ms Velletri.

All of the cranes made by the College, and those donated by community members will be on display at a community picnic, on Sunday, 19 March 2017 at Piney Lakes Reserve, Leach Highway, Winthrop.

For more information, including instructions and a printable template for an origami crane, visit or contact Brian Marshall on 9364 0663.