Seven-year-old Founder of Papel (paper) Agustin Candusso, has made and donated 30 origami cranes for children in Fiji whose school was destroyed by Hurricane Winston earlier this year.
Agustin founded Papel (paper) in 2016 and has been folding since he was two years old when he started constructing objects from tissues. “He used to go to the library and he would give them out as gifts to people,” says his mum Caroline Candusso.
She says he was inspired to make paper cranes for children in Fiji after visiting the Malomalo village where he hosted an origami workshop with the children at a local school.
“He realised how lucky we are in Australia,” says Caroline. “He knows it makes people happy when they receive them. He really loves that.”
Agustin sells origami on his website, through private orders, at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and at a local market.
“At first, the kids at school didn’t believe him when he said he’d had his own stall at the market. They said, ‘Only adults can do that’, but he said to me, ‘Mum, we can do that too’.”
When he arrived at Rare Birds HQ with his donation – which will be sent to Fiji over Christmas period – Agustin charmed the team with an impromptu workshop and a gift of a bouquet of origami flowers to Founder and CEO Jo Burston.
“Agustin is truly inspiring. He hasn’t let his age stop him from pursuing his passion for business and we’re huge supporters of the work he is doing, and kids just like him,” says Jo.
“We’re also incredibly humbled by his donation to the Fiji School Initiative. Many children in Fiji have been left without desks, books, pens and other resources. I’m sure his donations will be treasured and loved by these children,” she says.