Student volunteers help elderly couples turn back the clock

By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Zhang Xiaomin | China Daily | Updated: 2023-08-31 07:55
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Gong Houbin, 68, and his wife Zeng Xiangzhen, 60, have their photo taken beside their home in Qianjiang, Hubei province. REN HAONAN/FOR CHINA DAILY

Special wedding photos capture love that has stood the test of time

Last month, a group of university student volunteers from Wuhan, Hubei province, arrived at the home of a couple who have been married for more than 60 years.

The group was taking part in a program launched in 2015 aimed at helping elderly couples fulfill their dreams of having special wedding photos taken. The subjects that day in Chizhou, Anhui province, were Hu Xinlai, 92, and Tang Shuying, 83.

Zhang Yang, the photographer, said: "Grandpa Hu is a veteran of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53). When he put on an old green military costume we brought along, and we sat beside him, I felt great respect. He also wore several military medals."

"The couple's home is very simple and plain. Their love story is pure and beautiful," Zhang said, adding that taking their photos touched him deeply.

Zhang, 20, a freshman at Wuhan University of Engineering Science, is among the students taking part in the institution's volunteer project, Dream Fulfillment Plan.

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