One thousand cranes folded to raise cash for Japanese

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STAFF at Nissan arrived at work with a different aim on Friday.

Workers who are more used to the digital tools of the 21st century went back to working mostly with paper as Cranfield’s Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) staff took part in a special day of activity ‘Gambare Tohoku – senbazuru o tsukuro! (Do your best for Tohoku and make a thousand cranes to pray for Japan’s recovery!).

Tohoku is the region most seriously affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and ‘senbazuru’ is a Japanese tradition of making origami cranes to pray for a person’s recovery from illness.

Staff at Cranfield made over 1,000 origami cranes and these will be displayed in the development centre’s Atrium to show support for Japan’s recovery.

Matthew Ewing, Director of Vehicle Performance and Quality Engineering and coordinator of the activities, was delighted at the staff response to the crisis.

He said: “For our Japanese colleagues, and for many of us who have visited or lived and worked in Japan, the events that have being unfolding in Japan have had a deep effect.”

Staff also held a minute’s silence as a tribute to those who died in Japan.