By Sharon Kwok
A wealthy business owner in Yongkang, Zhejiang Province drowned while attempting to rescue a drunk employee who fell into a river. Du Guanghua’s story went viral on QQ, Sina, Baidu and several other news sites, touching the hearts of thousands of Chinese people. He was honoured and awarded a “Good Samaritan Award” by local authorities yesterday.
Du Guanghua owned a steel wire business and is reputed to be a man who was always willing to help others. He unconditionally provided financial support to his cousin An Shibao, who decided to move on from apprenticeship to running a similar business of his own. He also used to help his neighbour Hu Yueqing, who runs a kitchenware shop, to deliver goods.
Among all the shops on his street, Du’s always opened earliest and closed latest. Despite being a successful billionaire, he was frugal and never splurged on common hobbies like mahjong and karaoke.
The employee who almost drowned, Zhao Xisheng, was eventually saved by a chef. He expressed remorse for his careless behaviour and blamed himself for Du’s unfortunate death.
A memorial service was held yesterday in Du’s hometown in Jiangxi province. Even strangers, moved by his selfless actions, sent their condolences by laying white daisies beside the river where he drowned and offering money to support his surviving family.