(Local heroes are alphabetical by their last names.)
Mr. Cao Lijun (Arnie)
1. Original from Hunan, born in the 1980s, has been working in Sanya since 2011.
2. Once engaged in food and beverage management, English training, now working in a joint venture. It is also closer to the dream of building an international tourism island in Hainan.
3. I like public welfare. Before I joined 51Give, I had many times of blood donation and had joined other environmental protection organizations to do public welfare activities. I usually pay close attention to the beach environment around Sanya, and I do not use plastic bags when I could use less plastic bags in daily life.
4. Starting from July 2019, I have led 51Give local and international volunteers in Sanya to organize 8 environmental protection activities. I hope to work with more people from all walks of life to protect and build Hainan.
Mr. Fu Biao
Mr. Fu Biao is now the leader of the 51Give Tangshan volunteer group. When Fu Biao set up the volunteer group, he was the only one. Through the publicity and marine protection activities in 2019, he developed five core group members. Fu Biao held beach cleaning activities at the Xiangyun Bay of Harbor Development Zone of Tangshan. About 20-50 volunteers participated in each activity. He aims to have everyone pay attention to environmental protection publicity, pay attention to marine environment protection, and participate in more voluntary activities of marine protection. After a year of hard work, 51Give Tangshan volunteer group held 8 beach cleaning activities with more than 200 volunteers participated and 200kg of garbage collected. Local employees and students from primary and secondary schools, tourists from Beijing and Tangshan have all given them great support. In the coming year, Fu Biao will work harder to lead his volunteer group to make more contribution to marine protection and 51Give.
Jeremy is a 12 year old international student at the Western Academy of Beijing. He is Maltese, but was born in Beijing. He is a part of the Middle School Student Council and along with his peers, decided that he wanted to help those affected by COVID-19 in China.
In early February, Jeremy along with his peers, began an all-online fundraiser at his school. The Student Council quickly contacted the school’s Finance Department and setup a money pool for donations to come through. They worked with students and parents from all across the school to gather funds and have raised 16999.30RMB. They worked with 51Give to help donate medically certified gloves and masks.
Mr. Maman Ali Moustapha
Hello my name is Maman Ali Moustapha, I am from Niger born 1987 now study in my third year of PH.D at Wuhan University of Technology in Hubei Province.
Since the beginning of the lockdown, I was engaged with the school volunteer’s team to help distribute fruits and legumes and management of the supplies providing by the others association such as 51Give. Through all, I am very thankful for the assistance provided by our school and others association. Finally, I am confident we together we will win this fight and after we will be stronger.
ZHONGGUO JIAYOU!! WUHAN JIA YOU!!
Ms. Raven Roytblat
Ms. Raven Roytblat is from Brooklyn, New York (USA) where she taught for the New York City Department of Education for 15 years. Nearly 3 years ago Raven came to Sanya, China with her two boys Gabriel 小容 and Joshua 大容, to introduce and integrate them into Chinese culture as well as for her to continue being a positive factor in education and life.
Raven began her involvement with 51Give through various projects around their beach clean up agenda. After becoming aware of how impactful and committed 51Give was, Raven became involved with their other projects, helping wherever she could. May she have contributed to recruitment, editing articles, or sharing ideas for future campaigns, she simply sought to help out.
When 51Give began their work to support the frontlines against COVID-19, Raven jumped into action by contacting suppliers from around the world and reaching out to friends both old and new, including Dong Ruo Peng, to do the same. The goal was to find suppliers with the necessary certified supplies that were needed by medical personnel. Through it all, Raven was thankful to have the opportunity, through 51Give’s action, to serve the country that she and her family love so much.
Etienne is 7 years old this year, currently in his second year in a London primary school. He has been watching the news about the COVID-19 outbreak in China since January and decided to do something for children in China, particularly in Hubei Province.
On 10th February 2020, Etienne started his fund-raising initiative. After donating all of his pocket money, he set up a webpage to collect money from friends and family, in order to purchase necessary medical equipment to protect these children. He implemented a mechanism to boost donations, by promising his friends and family that he will read a book for any individual donation more than 25 pounds, and that he will learn a new piano piece if the donation is more than 50 pounds.
Miss Zhu Puchun
Pu chun, grew up down to earth as the mandarin character Pu in her name implies.
Her experience of community service (CAS) as part of the International Baccalaureate Programme at the International School of Beijing left a deep impression with her. She recalls carrying bricks on barrels with her classmates to help Chinese villagers lay the foundations for their houses.
Going abroad to the UK her time at the University College of London she kept aware of activities to help society.
Returning to China she is at Cushman and Wakefield in the real estate industry. She says helping the people who have been catastrophically impacted by the pandemic is something she should do and is normal to be doing so.