‘I walk by it almost every day and think of Kevin'
Qui Liu (Michael), left, and Xiang Lin (Shawn), students at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, recently helped plant a tree on the school's library grounds in memory of a friend who died at the beginning of the school year. They are hoping the community will help them raise money to begin a scholarship in his name. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (DAC) students know first-hand that time doesn't erase emotions or memories.
One of the college's students, Zhuhui Ye (Kevin), died on Sept. 9 during an outing at Dollar Lake in Halifax County with some friends.
Xiang Lin (Shawn) and Qi Liu (Michael), both of China and current Dal AC students, were with Kevin at the time of the tragedy and they want to keep his memory alive by encouraging the college and community to take part in some special events.
The men, along with other faculty and students, are raising money to create scholarships for Dal AC students in memory of Kevin, who studied aquaculture. The idea, they said, is to begin giving out a scholarship a year as soon as enough funds are raised.
"He was a nice guy and liked to organize activities for us and he never asked for anything in return," said Shawn, 22, of his friend of many years, dating back to their time in China.
Shawn, who also studies aquaculture, would love to see $25,000 raised for scholarships so they could have money saved for the educational award for years to come.
Michael, 23, also a longtime friend of Kevin and an aquaculture student, encourages the community to help them reach that goal.
"Chinese students have been in Truro many years. We live in this community and we are far away from family. We hope our community can give us a hand," Michael said. "We are students and don't have a lot of money but we are doing what we can."
They are also hoping tickets from the college's annual talent show will go towards the cause. In addition, the men hope to host a fundraising community event in the near future. More details will be made known when the event is confirmed.
The students also recently planted a tree in front of the campus library with a plaque dedicated to their lost friend.
"It's in remembrance of him because a tree can last forever and we want him to be remembered for a very long time," said Shawn.
"It was a little bit emotional," added Michael, saying about 20 students and faculty were present for the planting a week ago Friday.
"I walk by it almost every day and think of Kevin."
In addition, Dal AC students helped raise an undisclosed amount of money for Kevin's family, who came to Bible Hill briefly after his death.
The men wish to thank the school, faculty, community, international house, students and Mark Mason for helping with the various events.