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IN People ON 05 Oct, 2015
Whoever looks at her, thinks her a fraud, insane or mad. And sooner when they get to know the reality, feel regretful and embarrassing.
This is 15-year-old Hao Dongdong from Hefei, China. Since three months, Hao's been sitting by the side of the road dressing as a cow. She asks every passerby to ride her and charge them 5 Yuan per head. All she needs is the money for the treatment of her paralyzed father. She told media: “My dad needs 5,000 Yuan each month for medical treatments.” My brother and sister need to go to school. I have no identity card for work, so I have to beg.”
Hao's photographs wearing cow mask are trending on the internet.
Hao Xinli (girl's father) was a farmer but due to the back injury, he left the village and started a shop in a city in 2000. Last year, while he was in a mobile store with his wife to collect the freebies offered by the store, he had a dispute with the staff. He was beaten badly.
The upper part of his body got paralyzed. He didn't receive any compensation from the mobile center. Xinli's wife left the home in frustration few months ago. The poor family had no option for the treatment expenses.
Eldest of the siblings, Hao left her school and started begging. She often takes her dad to show that she's not lying. She kneels wearing a cow mask along with a note that reads: "I am willing to pretend to be a cow to let people ride me. 5 Yuan a ride."
Initially, she started begging with her bare hands. But a stranger suggested her to wear a mask to grab people's attention quickly. She encounters several kinds of people. She's often bullied and mocked.
She said: "At the moment I get around two to three hundred Yuan a day from begging, I stay at home when it's raining. But it's not enough because my dad's medical costs are too high." She added: "Wearing horse and cow masks are just for getting people's attention. If I can help cure my dad and feed my family, I don't mind what people say." The family is waiting to have a proper treatment done. Share the story to help this family. We pray for their best.