Paul Chong / Monday, 1 December 2014
It’s that time of the year when American gather to celebrate their “Thanksgiving”. Across the world in China where such practice is alien, the story of a Chinese millionaire Xiong Shuihua performinghis kind & act of “thanksgiving” has gone viral.
It’s hard to believe such benevolence exists in this world of greed & corruption. To find such a character of a man would be comparable to finding a needle in the haystack. Shuihua never forget the kindness of the people who helped him in his days of poverty & struggle.
Now that he has made his fortune, he returns to his old village to give back to the society that helped him before.
It’s story like this that touches the hearts & mind of the community.
Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph & various media have splashed their headlines:
* Millionaire Chinese businessman bulldozes run down huts replacing them with flats for free . . .
* Chinese millionaire builds free luxury homes for entire village where he grew up
* Chinese millionaire providing free meals . . .
He has housed 72 families to repay them for their kindness in his youth.
A further 18 families who were particularly kind will be given villas to live in.
Elderly and low paid residents will also be given three meals a day for free.
Xiong Shuihua was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood.
So when the 54-year-old ended up making millions in the steel industry he decided to repay the favour – for free.
After making his millions, the business tycoon decided to return to the village and give everybody a place of their own to live.
The multimillionaire made his money first of all in the construction industry and later by getting involved in the steel trade.
Xiong Shuihua said he could afford the development as he had ‘earned more money than I knew what to do with.
He said: ‘I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t want to forget my roots.
‘I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.’
Elderly local Qiong Chu, 75, said: ‘I remember his parents. They were kind-hearted people who cared very much for others, and it’s great that their son has inherited that kindness.’