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Lawyer delivers on charity

THE Shanghai lawyer who microblogged about raising money for a family hit by tragedy handed over the charitable money to the victim's family yesterday in Shanghai.

"I feel like I fulfilled my task," Fu Weigang said.

Fu, 34, who works at the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Law, wrote on his Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, in April that he would give 1 yuan (15 US cents) for every time his post was forwarded to the son of homicide victim Zhang Miao.

Zhang, a young mother, was stabbed to death by a student last year after he ran into her with his car in Shaanxi Province, in China's northwest.

Fu's microblog post got a frenzied response, as the message was forwarded hundreds of thousands of times within days, obliging the surprised and embarrassed lawyer to set an upper limit of 540,000 yuan.

Seeing the exploding number of postings, many people stopped sending it on, some even canceling their actions to prevent Fu from being overwhelmed.

But yesterday he donated 5,000 more, for a total of 545,000 yuan.

Fu said about half of the donation came from himself and his friends, while the rest was contributed by entrepreneurs and fellow posters around the country.

Altogether, 400,000 yuan will be used to pay insurance bills, including health, accident and education, for Zhang's two-year-old son. Another 100,000 yuan will be donated to Zhang's aged parents to help with their future life.

Wang Hui, Zhang's husband, who initially refused any social help and donation, finally accepted Fu's kindness, but he did not take the 45,000 yuan which Fu presented to him.

"I want to donate the money to other needy people in Shanghai and help the kids sharing similar miserable experiences with my son," said Wang, who asked Fu to fund the victims of criminal cases.

Wang added that his family has received charity aid totaling 150,000 yuan. All the money will be used for education of his son, he said.

Yao Jiaxin, the student found guilty of murdering Zhang, was executed last month.


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