Maovember is a month-long charity project that teams restaurants, bars, shops and customers for good causes.The name is a play on Movember, the global campaign that sees men grow mustaches to raise awareness of health issues, with the “mao” referring to the coins worth one tenth of a yuan or about 1.5 cents. The theme is that small donations, and small businesses, can yield big results.
Past campaigns have funded a migrant children’s school library on the outskirts of Beijing via The Library Project. (2013) and cataract surgery for more than 200 elderly men in rural China via Orbis (2014 and 2015). Funds are raised via Maovember pin sales, events such as quizzes, wine tastings and poker, beer pong and corn toss tournaments, and personal donations
1. The 2016 campaign is from October 14 to November 19. The last half of November has been tough in the past due to school fairs, impending holidays and colder weather, thus we have shifted our focus to earlier dates.
2. The 2016 charities are Library Project, our 2013 partner, and Good Works, which trains developmentally challenged late-teen orphans for jobs in the coffee trade. We will identify specific schools and trainees to support over the next few weeks.
3. We expect more events beyond Beijing this year, with Tianjin and Shanghai already on the slate. This makes Library Project a helpful partner, as it funds schools countrywide.
4. We encourage venues to raise funds in two ways. First, by featuring a food / drink special that clearly shows how much money per purchase goes to charity. Second, by featuring a fun event, such as a quiz or sports activity, with an entry fee that goes to charity. This formula has inspired much creativity over the years.
We have contacted last year’s partner venues to see if they plan to participate again. These are the positive responses so far from Arrow Factory, Beer Mania, Boxing Cat, Cafe de la Poste, CHEERS, Home Plate BBQ, Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar, Jing-A, La Cava, Migas, Paddy O’Shea’s, Pop-Up Beijing and The Tiki Bungalow. We also expect new venue partners this year.
The 2016 steering committee includes bar and restaurant reps Paul Rochon (Paddy O’Shea’s) and Zach Lewison (Irish Volunteer), donor reps Steven Schwankert (The Beijinger) and Alex Jennings (education), and Jim Boyce (website and central planning), all returnees from 2015. Everyone involved in Maovember is a volunteer.
If you need more info, or are interested in holding an event or selling pins, please contact us via nihao (at) maovember.com.
Here are some of our pin buyers from 2015!