petals of peace
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Extend the hand of friendship to innocent children less fortunate
The 'Petals of Peace' project invites children, and people of all ages to fold a paper lotus flower as a gesture of peace and friendship to children less fortunate. The lotus flowers are symbolic of 'Petals of Peace' blossoming within our local community and throughout the world.
This global project is a tangible way that participants can examine their own values and ideals to promote a more peaceful world. Petals of Peace aims to encourage tolerance towards cultural diversity and compassion for the suffering of others. It is symbolic of extending the hand of friendship to other innocent children less fortunate, like little Fadu. (See more of their story below)
The project is inspired by the story of a little Australian-Chinese girl, Fadu, and her mother Jane, who overcame their painful family tragedy by bravely sharing their heartfelt story to the world in the hope that other innocent children will no longer have to suffer injustice.
In every way the children are the innocent ones. If we can all contribute to developing harmony and international understanding, the world's children can look forward to a brighter future. We hope this project will be a step in that direction!
'Petals of Peace' symbolises the hope for all the children who are suffering during the on-going plight of Falun Gong in China. Falun Gong is a set of exercises and meditation to improve your health and well being. It is has been persecuted in China since 1999 by the Chinese Communist Party. Every flower is a gesture of hope that the unjust persecution of Falun Gong in China will soon come to an end.
LITTLE FADU'S STORY
The inspiration behind the Petals of Peace project
The Petals of Peace initiative was inspired by the heart rending story of a Chinese - Australian girl named Fadu.
Fadu and her mother, Jane Dai overcame their painful family tragedy by bravely sharing their heartfelt story in the hope that other innocent children will no longer have to suffer like Fadu.
Fadu’s family practiced Falun Dafa in China, which is a set of exercises and meditation to improve one’s health and well being.
The Chinese Communist Party started persecuting the Falun Dafa practice in July 1999.
Fadu’s father who was an honest and kind man followed the principles of Falun Dafa, including to be Truthful, Compassionate, and Tolerant. He tragically lost his life in China, for his beliefs. Fadu was only three years old.
Fadu and her mother Jane Dai escaped China and came to Australia.
After coming to terms of their painful loss, they reflected on how the lotus flower rises out of the mud and as it rises out of the water it becomes pristine clean.
So Jane and Fadu initiated the Petals of Peace project here in Australia, to bring awareness of the benefits of Falun Dafa, the ultimate purity,to purify our hearts and mind. Jane decided to travel the world with her daughter and bring the awareness to the people.
They travelled to over 40 countries, to tell the story of Fadu’s father to NGO's, governments and community groups.
Together they raised awareness around the globe of the injustice against millions of Falun Dafa practitioners in China, in the hope they could bring the suffering to an end.
The Petals of Peace project is still growing and blossoming around the world today.