祝启武，曾带领学校20个学生和10多个志愿者老师成功组织了2次单车旅行。实现孩子们用最少的钱，去更远的地方。后又在2011及2012年寒假暑假， 带领孤儿院的孩子们继续这样的单车旅行。在安徽省复新志愿者学校支教期间，参与乡村学生的教育革新，和乡村教育促进会和陈一心家族基金会合作参与了农村学生“开口说英语”项目及“骑行认识美丽家乡”。并且在骑行过程中给青少年加入环保教育，自然体验，乡土乡情教育，公民社会教育，励志生存锻炼。参加过一次这样长途骑行的青少年及志愿者，他们受益颇深，这就是一所“单车大学”。而且通过媒体宣传，企业捐赠，给整个社会一个良好的影响。在过去的几年中，他也关注国内国外类似的公益机构，如“拜客广州”，“雷励中国”, “trips for kids”及“world bicycle relief” 等。祝启武由于多年从事青少年工作及自身青少年时期的经历，所以希望帮助处于困境的青少年。而他有信心通过公益户外运动来影响更多的青少年。并希望借着明日伙伴的支持，提供给他更多专业的支持和帮助，能够帮助他更系统的持续的推动这样的青少年户外运动，他对此也信心满满。祝启武常用 “If not me, who? And if not now, when?” 来激励自己。
Mr. ZHU Qiwu (Mark) is a NextFellow in our 2013-2014 programme. At the moment, Mr. Zhu is in the process of setting up his own charity, one that both improves health for teenagers by encouraging outdoor activities and utilises them as innovative fund raising events for multiple charities alike.
Mark has been working full time in the non-profit sector for over ten years. He accepted Christianity in college whilst learning English, and saw the love and meaning of life through charity work. In 2002, he started in Chinese Agape Foundation, an American charity and helped the work of setting up an orphanage for over 110 orphans in Yongshan, Yunnan. In 2004, Mark and his wife moved to Biyang, Henan, and set up another orphanage for over 100 children. In the years that followed, the couple moved around the country and helped the local governments improve the work of orphanage and provide better care. Because of his abilities to communicate in English, he also helped international volunteers in educational programmes. In 2012, Mark joined Guangxi Andian Charity Centre and participated in the work of capacity building and network forming amongst nascent charities. He is also in charge of setting up a search-rescue network in Guangxi province.
Mark is an outdoor enthusiast. As part of his charity work, especially that in the orphanage, he had organised and/or participated many cycling trips, helping children who had never left their hometown to see the wider world. It was through these experiences he realised that outdoor activates e.g long cycling trips can serve both young people as part of the charity work and can be leveraged as a valid platform for the advocacy of volunteerism and civil society ideas. It is, in effect, a “cycling university”, and not just for those who are in need of help. Mark became fascinated by the potential such activities bring, and after studying similar programmes such as Trip For Kids, World Bicycle Relief, he was convinced that this is a valid niche, and an important one in China’s charitable sector.
The Board was encouraged by Mark’s initiatives. He has demonstrated a strong desire in continuing the work in the non-profit sector, a heart for the disadvantaged, and a workable plan that could help the Chinese charitable sector as a whole. Whilst we are not donating to his start up charity, the Board is satisfied that Mark is a trustworthy charitable worker worthy of our support. We will be happy to see him succeed, and for that end, we are delighted to welcome Mark as a NextFellow.