Jerry－常居中山的澳大利亚人－Australian living in Zhongshan.
DB: 你在中国多长时间了？为什么会选择在中山定居呢？How long have you been in China and why did you choose to settle down in Zhongshan?
I came to ZS in October 2004 on an 8-month contract to teach a group of kids in Bowen School. It’s amazing to think that they will all probably be married and have children of their own now – I hope some of them get to read this and remember the fun times we had.
DB: 你和你妻子在中山成立了一个慈善团体，你是从什么时候建立这个团体呢？为什么？We know that you started a charity group with your wife in Zhongshan. When did you begin it and why did you want to do it?
We didn’t plan to start the charity, it came about by accident, we were planning a Christmas party for some friends and it got so big that we decided to hire a venue, charge an entry fee and then if we made a profit we would donate it to a charity. We made over 10,000 RMB profit and donated it to Zhongshan Volunteer Youth Association. That started our connection with the ZSVYA who asked us to do it again the next year.
DB: 你能和我们说说“阳光伴你行”的项目吗？Could you tell us something more about the project “The Sunshine is Beside You”?
After about 5 years of donating funds to help the ZSVYA, we were visiting some of the people who were getting benefit from their work and I noticed that most of them were disabled or had members of the family who were disabled. I suggested we start a program specifically to help disabled people rather than what I termed “general charity revenue”.
DB: 你已经亲力亲为组织过许多慈善组织，比如“跨市行走”或“跨市骑行”。你是如何想到这些鼓舞人心的想法？You have organised some charity events by “doing it from yourself”, such as walking or cycling from one city to another. How did you come up such inspiring ideas?
It wasn’t me who walked, it was my wife, she walked from Zhongshan to Beijing. That walk took over 4 months and was pretty gruelling. As for the ride, it was from Zhongshan to Urumqi. We started the ride at the border with Macau and finished at the border with Kazakhstan, but we didn’t actually leave China. I just decided I wanted to do something in order to lose weight, I was getting very fat. That worked and I lost over 20Kg. Sadly, I’ve put it all back on so I think I might have to go again.
DB: 未来会有其他的慈善活动或计划吗？Do you have any plans for upcoming charity events?
Well, as I just said, I might have to do it all again. I am thinking about “The Ride Home” where I fly to Urumqi with my bike and cycle home from there. It depends if any of your readers are going to commit to helping me with this and if I think it will raise enough money for charity doing something similar, I think I can call that a challenge for your readers. Apart from that, my wife is much more active than I am in this. She’s currently working in the disabled charity field and planning many activities.