A famous rickshaw driver by the name of Mr. Bai Fang Li is a folklore legend in his home region, having helped hundreds of poor children afford education during his lifetime. Most people believe in relaxation when getting older, especially as they retire, but not Mr. Li who continued his donation lifestyle until the very end.
Working as a pedicab driver or a rickshaw operator, Mr. Li was never very rich himself but decided to dedicate his life towards helping impoverished students access education. He gave all of his hard earnings, as much as he could to help support children who otherwise would never have been able to afford education.
Once he reached the age of 90 he had donated over 350,000 Yuan which had ensured that more than 300 students were able to safely attend school. You see when Li returned home to his hometown village with every intention of retiring at the age of 74, he noticed that children were working in the fields because they could not afford school fees. So he sacrificed his retirement and continued working, to ensure these children had a better future.
His own sons and daughters tried to persuade him to simply retire and live the good life, but he refused. Pedicab driver work is not easy and is a very demanding job, with low pay. He worked hard sometimes over 24 hours without any rest, and for two whole decades, he hardly bought any clothes or new shoes. He ate simple food and looked like a beggar when out on the streets.
And then one winter he handed in his last donation to the school, advising that he could no longer work at the age of 90. In 2005, Li passed away with terminal lung cancer. Hundreds of people turned up to pay their hero their respects, ensuring that this pedicab operator will never be forgotten. One thing is for sure, Li proved that age is no barrier for achieving your dreams.