By Dong Na
Recently, Ningbo citizen Mr Lin donated ?1 million to the Ningbo Charity Federation, to be given as financial aid to impoverished students.
Mr Lin, a 84-year-old retired university instructor, recalls seeing students who were so poor that they struggled to get basic nutrition on campus. As soon as his savings reached ?1 million, he contacted the Ningbo Charity Federation, which sent two staff members to accompany him to the bank so that he could wire money to the Federation's account.
Mr Lin's pension is modest. After paying monthly nursing home fees, he has very little left. He has always led a simple life. The heat in Ningbo this summer was intense, yet Mr Lin still put off installing an air conditioner, saying "the heat wave will pass, but I have to save some money to help those in need." Throughout his career, Mr Lin was a diligent and hard-working teacher, putting away his earnings bit by bit over the decades to form this incredible sum of ?1 million.
Mr Lin's philanthropy has a lot to do with his upbringing. He explained to the staff of the Federation that despite their financial hardships and lack of education, his parents were always willing to lend a helping hand to those in the community. Mr Lin's family strongly supports his decision to donate ?1 million.
After completing the transfer of funds to the Ningbo Charity Federation's account, Mr Lin visited the Federation's offices and took a photo to commemorate the occasion. "This is my way of giving back to society," he said.
Chief Adviser: Zhao Qingchuan
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