Pat: Vol­un­teer­ing Ser­vice Jus­ti­fies Self-worth


Special Focus - - Contents - Zhou Xianx­ian 周献献

The first time I con­nected with Sadi Pa­trick Makangila (Pat for short), I texted him my Chi­nese name. Con­sid­er­ing he was a Con­golese man, I added pinyin to my name be­cause the char­ac­ter “xian” is not often avail­able in our daily life.

“Does xian of fengx­ian (ded­i­ca­tion) need to be ro­man­ized?” As soon as my mes­sage was sent out, Pat replied me with this ques­tion. I sud­denly felt that I had un­der­es­ti­mated his Chi­nese. I was a lit­tle em­bar­rassed and quickly apol­o­gized for it. How could I sus­pect that a per­son who has been vol­un­teer­ing in Wuhan, China for nearly five years would not know the word “xian” (ded­i­ca­tion), a word stamped into the vol­un­teer­ing spirit?

Be­ing a doc­toral stu­dent, Pat is now the leader of the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents’ Vol­un­teer Team of Cen­tral China Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity. He came to Wuhan from his na­tive coun­try of Congo (DRC) for fur­ther stud­ies. When he first ar­rived in Wuhan, Pat could nei­ther speak Chi­nese, nor adapt to the Wuhan cli­mate, often feel­ing de­pressed and help­less. Later, his room­mate rec­om­mended him to join the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents’ Vol­un­teer Team. Pat felt bet­ter af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers.

The vol­un­teer team con­sists of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from dozens of coun­tries. It is the uni­form hats, vests and vol­un­teer­ing ser­vice that pool them to­gether. “We’re all the same, and each of us can make the world bet­ter,” Pat said. “We’re a small world and we’re all sis­ters and broth­ers.”

Lei Feng is a house­hold name in China. He was an or­di­nary sol­dier who was will­ing to help oth­ers when he was alive. Mao Ze­dong once wrote, “Learn from Com­rade Lei Feng,” and called on all ci­ti­zens to learn from him. How­ever, it is not easy to serve the peo­ple as whole­heart­edly as

Sadi Pa­trick Makangila, leader of the CCNU In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents’ Vol­un­teer Team 华中师范大学洋雷锋志愿队总队长帕特

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