Guo Mingyi: Mod­ern Lei Feng

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Based on re­ports from China Daily and Xin­huanet. Xin­­com

Guo Mingyi has made a name for him­self in Liaon­ing Prov­ince, where leg­endary Lei Feng is buried, by help­ing those in need.

Lei Feng was a young Chi­nese sol­dier known for his de­vo­tion to self­lessly help­ing the needy in the 1960s. He was killed by a fall­ing pole while help­ing a fel­low sol­dier di­rect a truck in Au­gust 1962. Af­ter his death, Chair­man Mao Ze­dong urged ev­ery­one to learn from him. Since then, the spirit of Lei Feng (known as self­less­ness, mod­esty and ded­i­ca­tion) has in­flu­enced gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese peo­ple.

Guo Mingyi works for Qi­dashan Mine, a sub­sidiary of An­shan Iron and Steel Group in Liaon­ing Prov­ince. He be­came a na­tional role model for his work that was in­spired by Lei Feng. Af­ter three decades of ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing oth­ers, such as do­nat­ing more than 60 liters of blood, Guo was hon­ored as a “mod­ern-day Lei Feng” in early 2012. He founded two groups ded­i­cated to blood do­na­tion and per­suaded 1,700 peo­ple to do­nate bone mar­row to leukemia pa­tients.

In re­cent years, Guo has reached out to help more peo­ple in more fields. He launched a pro­gram to help 146 poor house­holds in Jian­chang County, Liaon­ing Prov­ince, im­prove their hous­ing con­di­tions. A to­tal of 156 vol­un­teer groups named af­ter Guo have amassed dona­tions of nearly 3.57 mil­lion yuan (US$535,152) to help oth­ers live in new houses. “Al­though tar­geted poverty al­le­vi­a­tion is not

my job, I can play a role be­cause it is a key fo­cus of the Party,” Guo said.

Guo’s epony­mous vol­un­teer group has grown from a few dozen mem­bers when it was founded in 2009 to a net­work with more than 700 branches and a to­tal of 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple.

Along­side serv­ing as a del­e­gate to the 18th and 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gress, Guo is also an al­ter­nate mem­ber of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. In 2013, he was named part-time vice-chair­man of the All- China Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions.

As Guo’s roles have changed, his affin­ity for khaki uni­forms has re­mained con­stant. “I have been busier as a del­e­gate in the past five years,” Guo re­marked while fil­ing doc­u­ments ev­i­denc­ing his ef­forts to re­solve peo­ple’s prob­lems.

Be­fore be­ing elected a del­e­gate to the 18th CPC Na­tional Con­gress in 2012, Guo in­sisted on ar­riv­ing at the of­fice at 5 a.m. for two hours of study be­fore start­ing the day’s work. De­spite his fame, Guo has re­mained hum­ble. “Do not throw my name around,” he stressed to his friends and rel­a­tives. “You are re­spon­si­ble for your­selves.”

His gen­er­ous spirit ex­tends to his per­sonal life. Guo never hosted feasts, not even when his daugh­ter mar­ried or had chil­dren. In­stead, he do­nated his tele­vi­sions three times and once in 2013, gave away his house to a poverty-stricken fam­ily.

In only a year, Guo will re­tire tire at the age of 60, but in­sists that he will ll con­tinue to do­nate blood. Al­though h med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als sug­gest those over r age 55 quit do­nat­ing blood, Guo looks for­ward to hav­ing the time to give more e af­ter re­tire­ment.

Be­fore the 19th CPC Na­tional al Con­gress, Guo trav­eled to Beijing on n Septem­ber 26 to de­liver a key­note speech ch at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple. The speech’s eech’s theme was fit­ting: Com­bin­ing the e Chi­nese Dream with Per­sonal Dreams. “I I will con­tinue to of­fer a hand and do my part to help the needy, which only im­proves our so­ci­ety as a whole,” as­serted Guo.

In only a year, Guo will re­tire at thehe age of 60. “I will con­tinue to do my par­tart to help the needy, which only im­proves oves our so­ci­ety as a whole,” he re­marked. rked. by Ren Yong/xin­hua

Guo in­spects road con­di­tions in a min­ing area. Be­fore be­ing elected a del­e­gate to the 18th CPC Na­tional Con­gress in 2012, Guo ar­rived at his of­fice two hours early ev­ery day to study be­fore work. by Yang Qing/xin­hua

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