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TV to the rescue《转自中国日报(英文版)》

(2009-01-20 13:03:54)
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 TV <wbr>to <wbr>the <wbr>rescue《转自中国日报(英文版)》

Du Guangyun (middle) and his wife, Li Zhengjie.

The life of Du Guangyun, a 47-year-old teacher, was dramatic enough before five strangers from Beijing arrived at his home last December.

Du had been teaching at a primary school in impoverished Dagou village, Henan province, since 1981. Aged 29 he was repairing the schoolhouse one day when it collapsed because of heavy rain. Du was knocked out and when he came round, he found half his body was paralyzed.

Since then his wife, Li Zhengjie, has carried the hemiplegic to work.

Help arrived one day last month, when five volunteers turned up on his doorstep. Five days later, trucks carrying computers, books, cement, sand and stones arrived at the school. Workers started building a playground. Finally, a motor tricycle arrived for the couple.

"Five days, five people and a mission" sums up the show Volunteers Across China (Zhiyuanzhe Zhenqing Yao Zhonghua), a reality show from Beijing TV that aims to help deserving causes.

The Saturday night 110-minute show, which debuted last weekend, incorporates 10 volunteers from two teams, helping two groups in difficulty over five days. Each team is given 5,000 yuan ($730). The volunteers are recruited, applying online or by telephone.

The volunteers provide the initiative. For example, in the case of Du the team members had to negotiate with local factories for the playground materials and they got the motorcycle by telling a supermarket manager about Du's tragic story.

"Charity and reality shows are conventionally considered to be incompatible concepts," says Zhang Xiaonan, the show's producer. "Charity's core value is about another's well-being, while a reality show is about one's personal goals, such as stardom or wealth. But in this show, we fulfill a charitable mission and present an interesting show in the form of a race between the two teams."

TV <wbr>to <wbr>the <wbr>rescue《转自中国日报(英文版)》

The first episode told the story of Zhang Chuang, an 18-year-old girl born with three serious diseases. Doctors said she would only live for 20 years.

She has been working on a friend-making website for disabled people since 2006. Volunteers helped her realize her dream of attending a class at Peking University.

In another part of the episode, volunteers found a part-time job for a middle-aged teacher, Peng Peibin, who devoted 6 years of her life to a non-profit school for children with leukemia.

"The show is interesting because nobody knows what will happen," says Cui Daoning, the show's writer. "Sometimes the volunteers make very detailed plans, but find them totally impossible to implement. And sometimes there are exciting surprises."

This Saturday's show will be about a 26-year-old man called Zhang Xin. Since he was 6 he has taken care of his mother (who has been suffering from cancer since 1988) and his grandmother, who died of cancer in 2002 after five years of suffering.

One of the volunteers, a TV host from Beijing TV's sports channel, appealed for help for Zhang on his program and soon got a call offering a job paying 200,000 yuan ($29,250) a year to the young man.

The volunteers' stories are interesting as well.

"From the show you have a glimpse at how people from different social groups differ in their ways of doing things," Cui says.

One of the teams was composed of people all born after 1980. Their mission was to help a man who has been looking after 17 aged people for 36 years. They went to a company and asked for a 1 million yuan donation, and refused a lower price or materials of the same value.

They achieved none of their goals, but decided to make some dumplings for the man. Fortunately, Jackie Chan, one of the show's representatives, intervened. He promised to help the man by auctioning one of his paintings.

The show sees dramatic changes taking place all the time, not only to the beneficiaries, but the volunteers, too.

Lu Jinfei helped out Du the teacher. The fashionable man was not devoted to the mission at first. His team members called him a child. But by the time the show ends, he discovers he has a bad attitude toward life.

"I seldom thought of others," he says. "That was my way of living before, but I started praying for the children the last day I was at the school."

Xiao Sa is a lawyer. His life was going according to schedule before he joined the show. He told Cui he found his former lifestyle was senseless, because life is full of unexpected changes.

Music company publicist Lin Fangyuan quit her job after becoming a volunteer, and has joined the show's production team because it shows a "sense of responsibility".

Zhang Guohua, a college teacher who led the team that helped Du, says the show helps her realize a dream.

"I have long wanted to do charity work, but I used to think that I could only do it when I had a lot of money. Now I find that as long as you try your best, you can do much more than you think."

The show's producers love these transformations.

"The show popularizes the concept of volunteers, which is relatively new in China," Zhang says. "What we do is present how volunteers work to viewers, who are welcome to criticize us. Through the observation and criticism, I believe more people will be interested in the work and join in."

 

 TV <wbr>to <wbr>the <wbr>rescue《转自中国日报(英文版)》

Peng Peibin (third from right), teaches children with leukemia, and volunteers. Photo courtesy of Beijing TV

 

By Liu Wei (China Daily)

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