It has been more than a year since the devastating Sichuan earthquake, but Sichuanese students in the PRD are still very emotional when they talk about it. Li Zihua is a student at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His hometown is in Guangan, Sichuan. 'Not only has the social help deeply touched me, but also the unity of my schoolmates from Sichuan,' he said. He recalled that two days after the earthquake, the Sichuan Association in his school immediately organised fund-raising activities on the campus. A group named 'Supporting Sichuan' was set up to connect Sichuanese students in the school and a candlelight commemoration was held to remember the victims. A book charity sale was also organised to raise money. The event was a great success with, more than 20,000 books collected for sale. Sichuan students said they were deeply touched by the efforts of their fellow students. 'I felt that society was selfless and beautiful, as if there was no evil at all, just a countless number of warm helping hearts,' said Mr Li. 'The earthquake allowed students from different places to gain a better understanding of each other.' He added that he planned to return to his hometown and help with reconstruction work after he graduated. 'After experiencing the earthquake, I have learned to be brave when facing difficulties and I will always try my best to think positive,' said Wang Tingting, another Sichuanese college student. 'I am very thankful for all the help that I received during the disaster, but I do not want to be treated differently. I want to prove that I can fight adversity.'