Written by Li Yueliang
Translated by Chang Jin and Wang Xueyan
BEIJING, February 11(Guangming Online) —People from all walks of life over the country have spontaneously offered support since the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province.
“Keep on fighting, Wuhan! ”
A truck full of materials for Wuhan was passing through a toll gate.
The lady on duty handed back the card to the driver, and stood up saluting him: “Here’s your card. Thank you so much for your hard work. Keep on fighting, Wuhan! Keep on fighting, China!”
The truck moved on a few meters, and the traffic policeman handed up a pack of water: “Sir, take some water to drink on your journey.”
Those simple words are exactly the reason why we believe in the power of pulling together in times of trouble.
Veteran fighting the NCP
On Jan. 24, the Eve of the Spring Festival, Wang Guohui, a 42-year-old veteran, carrying 5 tons of vegetables, came all the way from Henan to the construction site of Huoshenshan(Fire God Mountain) Hospital.
Mr. Wang now is the Secretary of the Communist Party branch of the village in Shenqiu, central China’s Henan Province. He had served in the military in Wuhan for 17 years. Back then, he was in charge of logistics.
Thus, the first question came to his mind was about food when the epidemic came. At 5 a.m. on the Spring Festival, he got up and knocked on all the doors in his village, calling on his fellows to prepare vegetables for Wuhan.
More than 20 people were up at his call, and bustled and hustled for quite a while, finally collecting 5 tons of vegetables, both leaf vegetables and fruit vegetables included.
Wang Guohui spared no efforts in rushing to Wuhan in his truck, and arrived at the destination at 8 p.m. on the Spring Festival Eve.
He said: “I was at the frontline in the Great Flood of 1998. Frontline as well in the Ice Disaster of 2008. When it comes to this epidemic, for sure I should be at the frontline again.”
Heroines safeguarding the city
Chen Xueyan was traveling in Nepal when she heard the epidemic.
Upon learning that her hometown was lacking facial masks, she searched all chemist’s shops and bought 5,800 facial masks.
She had to discard some of her clothing and toiletries and made room in her suitcase for the masks.
In order to save space, she tore off the packaging of the masks one by one.
With four big cases of facial masks, she came back to China and gave them for free to doctors and nurses and those who needed it.
“I am aware when the epidemic is there, medical material is so much more important than my personal stuff.” she said.
Another inspiring woman is a tour guide from Henan province, who organized “Wuhan Safeguarding Squad”.
Under her leadership, this team purchased 40 boxes of protective gowns from Thailand, carried them back to China, and sent them to Wuhan.
Small enterprises doing great things
On Jan. 29, the fifth day of Chinese New Year, a medicine cabinet order valued at 200,000 yuan (more than 28,000 dollars) was received by Mr. Yuan, the owner of a furniture factory in Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province.
He soon realized that this order is for Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan. He accepted the order immediately and said, “No need to pay. We’ll donate them.”
Due to lack of storage in his own factory, Mr. Yuan posted the message into the chat group of the local furniture factories’ association.
People in this group immediately started offering their support as soon as they saw the message. With the support of 14 factories, all the furniture in the order were ready overnight.
Once learning that the goods were Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, the logistics company offered free and same-day delivery after the loading.