In the afternoon of a hot and humid summer day, Pu Cunxi, a famous actor with the People’s Art Theater of Beijing, was seen standing upright at Wangfujin Street as one of the Olympic volunteers on duty there.
“According to new legislation on protecting disabled persons, guide dogs for the blind are allowed into public venues,” he said. “From now on, visually impaired people can go to the street or take the bus along with their guide dogs.”
Contrary to his usually low profile, Pu is a highly visible public figure when it comes to philanthropic affairs. For lack of formal training, he did not regard himself as a volunteer in a strict sense of the term, but as a movie star, he felt duty-bound to publicize the Olympics the way he could. “I am a volunteer of volunteers, though nobody has told me what I should do. Just give me a phone call, and I will put things aside and go for the Olympics,” he said, adding that during the forthcoming Paralympics, he would join some leaders to extend well wishes for the athletes and volunteers. “The volunteers are hard-working people. We have got to go out of our way to appreciate their labor and passion.”