AN EVENT to raise money for Japanese natural disaster victims will be held this weekend (Saturday, March 8).
Visitors to Durham City’s Saturday market will be invited to write a goodwill message and fold it into an origami crane, in return for a donation.
The creations will be sent to areas of Japan still recovering from April 2011’s Tokohu earthquake and tsunami, which claimed the lives of nearly 16,000 people.
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The most impressive crane will win a £10 voucher to spend in the Market Hall.
Various goods will also be on sale, with proceeds going to Japan.
Organisers from Durham University’s Anglo-Japanese Society hope to raise £500.
Manfred Yu, the society’s president, said: “The crane bird is a symbol of luck and good health in Japan.
“We want to use the cranes to tell those still suffering that they are not forgotten.”
The market begins at 9am.