PHOTOS Pic story: a barber's passion for public service carried forward by volunteers

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Pic story: a barber's passion for public service carried forward by volunteers

Xinhua

23:22, July 08, 2019

Wu Yuanmiao on a wheelchair is pushed by Zhang Hailin on the way to a public service activity in Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao (L) interacts with Zhang Yechi, 8, a daughter of Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, while doing exercises on a treadmill in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao (R) eats dessert with the help of his apprentice Jin Jiachun in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)


Wu Yuanmiao receives an acupuncture therapy at home in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Doctor Hong Rong visits Wu's home every day to offer medical service. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao and his host family have dinner in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Zhu Dandan (L) serves Wu Yuanmiao (C) with soup while having dinner at home in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Fang Huafen (L), an official of Lucheng community, applies for relief fund for Wu Yuanmiao at a service center in Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Zhang Hailin (L, back) and his wife Zhu Dandan share their experience with volunteers in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Zhang Hailin carries Wu Yuanmiao to take part in a public service activity in Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao and his host family have dinner in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao walks out of the bathroom with handrails at home in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Zhang Hailin and his wife Zhu Dandan installed many facilities at home to offer convenicence for Wu's daily life. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao wipes his May 1 Labor Medal at home in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao receives an acupuncture therapy at home in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Doctor Hong Rong visits Wu's home every day to offer medical service. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao (C) watches volunteers cutting hair for free at a nursing home for the aged in Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao sends a message to volunteers to arrange a public service activity in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 27, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 year, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Copy photo taken on June 26, 2019 shows Wu Yuanmiao cutting hair for free for an old man at his barber in Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, in 1997. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Wu Yuanmiao (L) interacts with Zhang Yechi, 8, a daughter of Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, while doing exercises on a treadmill in Lucheng community of Linhai City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 26, 2019. Wu Yuanmiao, when working as a barber, set a rule for himself to provide free service one day a week to the old, the disabled, and soldiers. Having served more than 60,000 customers for 17 years, he is the winner of various awards including May 1 Labor Medal. However, diagnosed with brain disease, Wu's condition has been worse off since 2008. In 2014, he experienced a hard time in running his barber shop and providing public service, thus Wu chose to disappear alleging he would pursue a career in Beijing. As a matter of fact, Wu didn't leave Lucheng community in Linhai where he lived. He was taken care of by his customers Zhang Hailin and Zhu Dandan, a pair of young couple. Zhu quitted her job to look after Wu, and Zhang, an auxiliary police officer, makes every effort to help him. Wu's experience raised attention from all walks of life in 2016. Local authorities held a charity activity for him, and Wu got assistance in donation and medical treatment. The government has arranged doctors to offer medical service for Wu at Wu's home. Meanwhile, some 20 volunteers carried forward Wu's spirit, offering free haircut service for those in need twice a month. "I hope they pass on the compassion," said Wu on a wheelchair. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

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