Over the past 2 years, the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania invited the community to fold cranes to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day held annually on the 31st of August.
10,000 images make up this mosaic, representing a total of 10,035 origami cranes (5,796 cranes folded in 2020 and 4,239 cranes folded in 2019).
Each origami crane has been folded to remember those lost to overdose and to wish for a world free from overdose harm.
The following organisations and individuals contributed to this mosaic of 10,035 cranes:
- Alcohol and Drug Foundation
- Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania
- Ambulance Tasmania
- Anglicare Tasmania
- City of Hobart
- Cornerstone Youth Services
- Correctional Primary Health Services
- Drug Education Network
- Glenview Community Services
- Inpatient Withdrawal Management Unit
- Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
- Legal Aid Tasmania
- Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate, Tasmanian Department of Health
- Minister Jeremy Rockliff’s Office
- Missiondale, Launceston City Mission
- Oral Health Services North and South
- Pathways Velocity Transformations
- Primary Health Tasmania
- Richmond Fellowship
- Ruth Forrest MLC’s Office
- Salvation Army Bridge Program
- Serenity House, Launceston City Mission
- South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation
- St Helens Private Hospital
- Tasmania Prison Service
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
- Tasmanian Council of Social Services
- Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases
- Tasmanian Leaders Program
- The Hobart Clinic
- The Link Youth Health Service
- Youth, Family and Community Connections
- Alison Roberts
- Angela Waite
- Ashleigh Karli
- Coorinna Summers
- Damian Collins
- Dan Ferguson
- Daniel Page
- Gabriella and Elena
- Hang Tang (Selena)
- Izzy & Sally
- Jo Hayes
- Katie Henderson
- Learna Langworthy
- Lena Lashin
- Leon Williamson-Roberts
- Lily Foster
- Linh Phung
- Liz Knox
- Maya & Alan
- Molly & Olivia
- Rachel Stewart
- Shae Collis
- Steph Borden
- Team Lai! – Alison, Olivia, Thomas & Benji
- The Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing
- The Hon Jo Siejka MLC
- The Hon Meg Webb MLC
- The Hon Ruth Forrest MLC
- Thi Chang Nguyen
- TJ and Robyn
- Truong Lac Thu
- and many other anonymous contributors
Remembrances and tributes
Remembering those who have been lost or harmed because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day.
This cheeky little fellow is 1 of the 1000 cranes we’ve been making here at Missiondale.
For those who don’t know, Missiondale is a treatment centre in a beautiful part of rural Tasmania with a theraputic community approach.
Having all battled substance addiction in the past we found this project to bring awareness to a cause close to all our hearts and our families hearts and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support all those who have had their lives touched by overdose.
– Ashleigh Karli
Missiondale clients and staff have made around 1000 cranes during the last months. We worked together, shared our stories, cups of tea and lots of laughter. The cranes are now installed right in the centre of our main hole way, hanging under a beautiful led-light. Thank you so much for this project, that brought people together, challenged their patience, creativity and deeper thinking.
Well I’m crying, over you again.
I can’t shake this feeling, what have I become?
I hope I make it through.
I hope I find the strength to rise again.
Don’t let this be the end.
Giving up came easy, I just laid down.
I watched the world around me, turn to dust on the ground.
I know I was given a choice, but I chose wrong.
People that live like this, don’t live for too long.
I guess I better slow down on killing my health.
No one around me knew because I did it in stealth.
I got better at hiding the things that I’d done.
It was my little secret; I couldn’t tell anyone.
©2016, Daniel P.
I no longer need you to hold my hand,
I’ll find my own way to the promised land.
There was never a nice word to say,
You can no longer ruin me this way.
So, choose carefully the words you use to hurt,
because they just may be what rest me in the dirt.
How can such deep love and trust,
turn into pain so bad that death is a must?
You were once my best friend, lover and mate,
But you showed the love you had for me too late.
I was always searching for loves embrace,
so, I fell behind and lost sight of the race.
I had to leave this heart behind,
so, I could have happiness and peace of mind.
I had to lose it all to start again,
I had to grow, adjust to deal with the pain.
Finding strength again came without warning,
I just woke and I was healed one morning.
With a smile on my face and a song in my heart,
it couldn’t be a better way to begin a fresh start.
©2016, Daniel Page
– lily foster
We all have a wound so deep the air can’t get to it,
a wound that explains everything.
The thread of life would be dark, Heaven knows!
If it were not with friendship and love entwined.
In remembrance of JOCK,
sadly taken 20 years ago
by his heroin addiction.
Thanks JOCK, friends for eternity,
I know your always watching over me
IT WILL BE ALRIGHT
Look towards the bright new star,
No matter who you are!
Leave the tears all behind,
And always remember to be kind.
To all the people who have lost their lives to overdose.