A holiday project promoting peace, love, and humanitarianism for San Franciscans and all people on earth.


Dear Friends,

Mayor Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Rainbow World Fund invite you to make a wish. This December, thousands of origami cranes inscribed with wishes for the future of the world will grace the holiday Tree of Hope in the Rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall. You can be part of this extraordinary event.

Click here to send us your wish. It will be printed and transformed by our team of origami enthusiasts into a “crane-wish” and placed on the tree.

The Tree of Hope gives individuals a way to join together to express hopes and intentions for the future of our global community.

Take some time to contemplate your wish (not too long, though, we have “crane-wishes” to fold). Sit quietly. Meditate. Breathe. Whatever works for you as long as your wish is sincerely yours and yours to give to the world!

Kindly share this invitation with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Please join us for the tree lighting celebration on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at San Francisco's City Hall. The event begins with a concert by the San Francisco Boys Chorus at 5:30pm, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm and a party until 8pm.

With warmest regards,

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
Jeff Cotter
Executive Director
Rainbow World Fund

Why the origami crane?

This project draws inspiration from a little girl who lived and died nearly half a century ago. Sadako Sasaki was two when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Several years later, suffering from leukemia, Sadako learned of a legend that would grant one wish to the folders of 1,000 cranes. Her wish was for peace. She started folding but died 356 cranes short of her goal. Her classmates folded the rest in her honor and all 1,000 were buried with her. From that moment, when the world learned of her courageous story, the crane became a symbol of world peace.

RWF is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit world relief agency based in the LGBT and friends community. RWF helps people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, disaster, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts. All donations are tax deductible.Photo Credit:  Audrey Heller.

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