Daughter of Chinese Vice President: the Most Effective Volunteer

July 7, 2008
Editor: zhuhong

Xi Mingze has now come into the news, neither for the high political position of her father, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, nor for the national popularity of her famous singer mother, Ms. Peng Liyuan, but for her impressive behavior in disaster relief for the May 12th Sichuan Earthquake. This16-year-old girl has won public praise and has been named the "most effective volunteer" in the quake relief work.

According to her mother Peng Liyuan, who was participating in a show of condolence in Sichuan, Xi Mingze submitted a volunteer application and headed to the quake-hit area with thousands of Beijing volunteers with her school's permission a few days after the quake. Saving injured men and comforting disaster victims, the girl served in Dong Qi Elementary School, Hanyang Town, one of the worst-hit areas.

Born in 1992, and nicknamed Xiao Muzi, Xi Mingze is the only daughter of President Xi and Peng Liyuan. When asked if she worried about her young child being in the dangerous area, Peng told the media, "as all other Chinese, Mingze is obligated to help calamity-stricken people, and during the 7 days in Sichuan, she applied herself earnestly to volunteer service without any complaints or thoughts of giving up."

"The 7 days of volunteering in the quake-hit area not only enhanced her psychological endurance of disasters, benefited her life and scientific knowledge, but also gave her the precious opportunity to make friends with her peers in the quake zone." Peng proudly said at the gate of Dong Qi Elementary School, "Mingze tells me that people from Sichuan are very kind and firm in character. The quake will never destroy their strong will and confidence for the future."

According to incomplete statistics, there are about 200,000 volunteers in various fields and occupations from all around China serving in Sichuan. They are providing  voluntary service in keeping public order, food distribution, disinfection and sterilization, media guiding, psychological service, garbage collection, etc. 

(Source: blog.people.com.cn/Translated by womenofchina.cn)


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