China wants its people to do good

March 3rd, 2012 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 3 (IANS) China has launched a campaign to promote the virtues of Lei Feng, a soldier in the 1960s who spent time and money to help the needy.

Authorities have decided that major news website portals will dedicate special sections and microblogging services to it, reported Xinhua.

Mobile phone-compatible short videos and text messages will also be used to encourage the people to follow Lei’s example.

Lei Feng, a young Chinese soldier in the 1960s, was known for devoting almost all of his spare time and money to selflessly helping the needy. He died after being hit by a falling pole while helping a fellow soldier direct a truck Aug 15, 1962.

A year later, late chairman Mao Zedong called on the entire nation to follow Lei’s example, and March 5 of every year is designated “Lei Feng’s Day”.

On Friday, a 53-year-old Chinese mine worker Guo Mingyi was awarded the title of “Contemporary Lei Feng” for helping the needy.

Guo has spent around half of his salary over the past 16 years to sponsor the schooling of 180 needy children. In addition, he has been a regular blood donor for the past 20 years.

In March last year, Guo began to use the Sina Weibo microblogging service to share what he had been thinking about and doing to help others. With 6.8 million followers of his microblog, Guo ranks among the top 50 individual Sina Weibo users.

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