Mother of the year – A woman in China spent $155,000 of her own money to build two footbridges so that her son and other students can cross a busy road to reach the school safely


A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. These words by Agatha Christie come to life not in an annihilating way but in a bridge-building way, quite literally. The proof is a real-life incident where a mother in China spent more than RM 633,941 (nearly $154,000) building two metal footbridges for her son. Meng lives in central Henan province and was worried about traffic safety at her child’s school so much that she spent her own money to build two footbridges for the children and teaching staff safe and enable the kids to get an education.

Traffic congestion, the absence of traffic lights, and its position on the main road made it a dangerous daily crossing to the entrance of the Xiayi County Experimental Middle School, which is south of Shangqiu city. Meng told Henan Television, “I built the bridge out of my own pocket for the safety of the children. It will also help with more convenient and faster traffic. There will be deep water and it is very difficult to cross the road. The water will spill over the stairs where schoolchildren stand to wait for their parents like little birds. They looked miserable. My child’s feet turned white because they were soaking in water.”

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Meng didn’t tell her son about her contribution because she doesn’t want him to be vain to other kids. “I just did what I can afford to do. You can’t take money with you after death and I don’t need to leave too much money for my child. I will call the bridge the Wisdom Bridge. Students crossing the bridge can get wiser and wiser,” said Meng.

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[Via – Xinhua]