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Expats get into the volunteering spirit in Shenzhen’s Futian District

Posted: 10/19/2013 11:00 am

“Futian Friends,” a program aimed at getting foreigners to do voluntary work in Futian District, has proved to be a success, The Daily Sunshine reported yesterday.

The Foreign Affairs Office launched the program in March this year, and the number of volunteers has almost reached 100. They range in age from 14 to over 60.

Anthony from Ghana helps host birthday celebrations at an old folks’ home in Futian

Their activities have included an English Corner held every Sunday at Bijia Shan Park, activities at orphanages, old folks’ homes, and celebrations of festivals such as Children’s Day and National Disabled People’s Day.

One volunteer, Anthony from Ghana, even adopted the Chinese name Lei Feng for himself, claiming to be inspired by the late altruist.

They also hold cultural activities such as writing projects to celebrate local culture and the uniqueness of Futian.

Li Zhicheng, a professor at the Shenzhen research centre of Central South University said: “Although Lei Feng is the pride of our country, his influence can cross national and cultural barriers.”

If you’re based in Shenzhen, what are you waiting for? You can enrol here.

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