Ban Lang Fi – The 74 year old rickshaw puller who donated his life’s earning for school children
In 1986–1987, at the age of 74, Bai Lang Fi decided to retire as a rickshaw puller and return to his hometown During his way back, he witnessed many children working in the field which really touched his heart as he saw that most of the children working were school drop outs because of their poverty. Bai Lang Fi decided to go back to his job as a rickshaw puller in Tianjin to support the children in receiving education. He started with a donation of first 5,000 yuan (US$785 ) for the cause of their fees.
For the next 15 years he worked long shifts, sometimes 24 hours at a stretch so that he could make the money to pay the installment for the school fee. He got an accommodation close to the railway and would wait 24 hours a day, eat simple food and wore second hand discarded clothes.He also lived in a shabby house in the outskirts of Tianjin and ate humble food, according to local media.In 1996, he opened a small store near Tianjin's railway station to make more money. Most of his income was donated to local schools and universities such as to the Nankai University where he donated 35,000 yuan (US$5,498 ) In 2001, at the age of 90, he paid his last installment to the Yaohua High School and retired from his job.
Truly a man who deserves much more recognition than what we have given to him.Please share this and let the world know what commitment and real service to society means.