The following is a translation of the Chengdu Volunteer's Association's Valentine's Day fundraiser on February 14, 2012. This organization provides food, clothing, and study materials for children in need in the remote areas of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Learn more about their work here!
At 7pm on February 14, 2012, fifty to sixty enthusiastic volunteers from the Chengdu Volunteer Association gathered in Renmin Park to start the rose-selling fundraiser for Dengze, who has leukemia, and Haiyan, who has kidney failure. The volunteers discussed their strategies with each other and then later went out in small groups to shopping centers to start selling the roses.
One volunteer, who was an exceptionally good speaker, always managed to sell her roses. Other volunteers tried different methods; for instance, one would hold the roses, while another would carry around a letter of thanks written by Dengze and Haiyan. Together, they would sell the roses to couples sitting on benches and read to them the letter.
For the most part, people were kind. Although some weren't interested in buying the flowers, there were plenty of others who eagerly donated upon hearing that the proceeds would go to charity. Some people even gave the flowers back after they bought them to let the volunteers sell them again! In less than 2 hours, most flowers were sold out, and an impressive sum of six thousand yuan (~$950) had been raised.
After 10 o’clock, Haiyan accompanied the volunteers to the streets. People asked her questions and gave her encouragement. She responded by repeating “thank you," and assured them that where there is hope and help, anything could be accomplished.
Regardless of age, people seem to feel compassion whenever they meet someone in need. But sometimes, they don’t know where to start. The Chengdu Volunteer Association provides the means for people to serve one another. In the process of helping others, aren’t we ourselves getting helped too?
Following the activity, we all were overcome with a sense of accomplishment, having been united with one another in striving for a noble cause. It is often easy to get lost in the busyness of life that we lose sight of its purpose. Volunteer activities such as these are like religious ceremonies, revitalizing and reinvigorating people to purify their souls and gain perspective.
The most important aspect of the activity, we must be wary not to forget, is having helped Zedeng and Hanyan. Although it doesn’t seem like much, these activities do make an impact, and we hope others will join us in our efforts.
Find the original articles here: http://www.toumingyu.org/zxd742584/story/7984/ and http://www.toumingyu.org/zxd742584/story/7849/. They were translated by TFish staff Shishi Ma, and edited by U.S. intern Ally Nguyen.
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