Lu Zhicheng, a student of Beijing Jiaotong University, called himself a volunteer of volunteers, meaning that he was serving the Olympic volunteers. During his 16-day service, he had never entered a sports venue or attended a game on the spot. Every day, from morning till night, he worked without a letup, doing what he could to prepare the volunteers for their routine work.
Lu was not alone. Thousands upon thousands of fellow volunteers were working behind the scene during the Beijing Games. They never appeared on television, and were seldom mentioned in the media. But it was these people who had guaranteed the normal operation of the volunteers.
On campus, chefs gave up their holidays to cook for the volunteers; dormitory keepers prolonged their work hours to attend to the early goers and latecomers; members of the Students’ Union and the Youth League Committee maintained close contact with the sports venues to ensure smooth running of the volunteer service.
Off campus, neighborhood committees and Youth League Committees at different levels were busy procuring food, drinking water and other supplies for city volunteers. Local residents also pitched in, sending cold drinks and towels to the streets to help the volunteers against summer heat. These people were also counted among the Beijing Olympics’ volunteers of volunteers.