Maovember is an annual campaign that teams restaurants, bars, vendors and customers for good causes. See the 2017 event list. This year’s partners are Bread of Life, a bakery that employs disabled orphans who have reached working age, and Library Project, which furnishes reading rooms in needy schools. Learn more about Maovember here and how to participate here.

Happy New Year from Team Maovember!


Happy Year of the Dog to all Maovember supporters! Hundreds of people donated time, money, venue space, drinks, foods and more this past year to help our 2017 partners Library Project and Bread of Life.

Bread of Life has already used Maovember money to upgrade its water heater and walk-in fridge. We are planning a site visit after the holidays to see how the rest of the funds are being used for baking equipment.

The next Library Project reading room will be furnished in March. As GoodWorks, our 2016 charity partner, will close this month, its unused Maovember funds will be transferred to Library Project for reading rooms in Yunnan, where GoodWorks sourced its coffee and tea. It’s sad news that GoodWorks will end but good news that all donations will be put to good use. Photos, details and receipts will be posted as those projects unfold.

Maovember is truly a team effort and a testament to the generosity of people from all over the world who live in China and want to do something good. All the best for the New Year holidays!

Walk Star | Mike Wester Finishes Month-long 900-km Mao-a-thon


`It took more than a million steps but Mike Wester, manager of True Run Media and The Beijinger magazine, successfully completed a 900-km mao-a-thon to support this year’s campaign.

The month-long mission saw Mike complete walks around the city’s second and third ring roads as well 75 km on his fiftieth birthday, 108 km during a weekend attempt to visit every CHEERS wine shop and 120 km during a two-day walk to 2017 charity partner Bread of Life and back. When he arrived at the Maovember closing party at Paddy O’Shea’s on November 30 with 899 km under his belt, a group of supporters joined him to finish off the 900.

Many people sponsored Mike per km at 1 mao (rmb 90) or 5 mao (rmb 450). He also had corporate sponsors, including IDC Dental, BActive, 24 Hour Fitness, CHEERS, The Roots, idMASK and Punjabi.

Mike is also a member of the Maovember 2017 Steering Group. Some pics from his mao-a-thon:

Recap | Maovember Wraps Up with Shave Off at Hatchery


The last “hair of the dog” event for the Maovember 2017 campaign featured a “shave off” at The Hatchery. Attendees could get a shave, or just a trim, while enjoying Jing-A stout or Jameson drinks, with all funds to Maovember. The event raised rmb2,040 and wrapped up a successful 2017 campaign!

Recap | The Beijinger and Punjabi Hold Chili Pepper Eating Contest


People called it the year’s hottest event: The Beijinger chili pepper eating contest at Punjabi on December 2 had tongues burning. Eight competitors from eight nations tried round after round of increasingly hot peppers, with the crowd also getting samples. Ankit Nayal of India eventually took the title. He works for BActive, which ranks among the top sponsors of Maovember this year. The contest was one of three “hair of the dog” Maovember events in December and raised 38,700 mao (rmb 3,870) from drink sales and from attendees voting, via rmb50 donations, on the competitor they believed would win.

All competitors got Punjabi, Bodensee, Ayam Brand, Herb Whisperer and Caravan prizes. Attendees who voted via donations were part of a draw for prizes from Q Mex Taqueria, Saigon Mama, Pak Pak Thai Kitchen & Bar and Punjabi.

Truly a hot event and all for a good cause.

Recap | Beijing SantaCon Doubles as Maovember Fundraiser


Every year, a sleigh full of people in Beijing dress as Santa and do a day-long tour of bars, restaurants and cafes to get into the spirit of the season. This year’s SantaCon was on December 2, started at The Local before heading off for 10-plus more hours of fun, and raised money for Maovember. It was one of three “hair of the dog” events held in December. Some rmb1,800 was raised in Santa suit sales, with a further rmb600 from Paddy O’Shea’s and rmb250 from Orchard Pig. Well-done, Santas!

Recap | Paddy O’Shea’s Hosts Official Maovember Closing Party


Maovember officially closed its 2017 campaign on November 30 with a rowdy party at Paddy O’Shea’s. The night kicked off with a group of supporters joining Mike Wester for the last of the 900 kilometers he walked during his mao-a-thon in November.

Party-goers then enjoyed CHEERS mulled wine, Orchard Pig cider and Jameson picklebacks, hockey and dart games, the weigh-in for the CHEERS Wine Your Weight in Wine Contest, and live bands all night.

Representatives of this year’s partners, Bread of Life and The Library Project, were on hand to accept rmb25,000 each as an initial donation. The rest will be given once the final accounting is done this month.

All in all, a wild and fun finish to this year’s campaign, one that raised 33,490 mao (3,349 rmb) through wine, cider and pickleback sales, games and donations!

Three “hair of the dog” events for Maovember!


On Monday, Maovember 2017 topped its goal of one million mao and then officially wrapped up its campaign with a rowdy closing bash at Paddy O’Shea’s on Thursday night—full report to come. But for those who still want to contribute, there are three “hair of the dog” events this weekend to help buy much-needed equipment for Bread of Life and The  Library Project.

December 2

SantaCon at Beijing

Every year, a sleigh full of people dress as Santa and do a day-long tour of Beijing that includes bars, restaurants and cafes. Get into the spirit for this year’s SantaCon on December 2, with funds raised will be donated to Maovember. The Santas will gather at The Local at 11:30 and then head out from there. (Santa outfits are available for purchase.) See here for more details.

Saturday, December 2, 6:30 PM

Chili Pepper Contest at Punjabi

The Beijinger annual chili eating contest at Punjabi will double as a Maovember fundraiser. Watch eight fire-eating contestants from eight nations go through a half-dozen rounds of increasingly spicy chilies. Want to watch? Tickets are rmb100 and include a buffet and pepper samples. More details here. Or you can sign up for a ticket direct with this QR code (100 seats in total, first come, first served):

Sunday, December 3, 14:00-18:00

Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery

Get ready to say zai jian to your five-week old mustache with the Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery. Get a shave, a whiskey melt sandwich, a Jing-A stout and a shot of Jameson for just rmb80, all funds to Maovember! The Hatchery is also donating proceeds from Jameson picklebacks, Jameson Ginger Ale & Lemon, and Jing-A and Jameson combos. This event will unofficially wrap up the Maovember 2017 campaign so come out for one last celebration of a successful month of fundraising!

Thanks again to everyone who has already attended this year’s events and hope to see you a few more times before we wrap up Maovember 2017!

Jia mo! Official Maovember closing party at Paddy O’Shea’s tonight


Maovember will officially wrap up at Paddy O’Shea’s tonight with its best closing party ever. Here is what to expect:

  • Two bands.
  • CHEERS mulled wine, Jameson picklebacks and Orchard Pig cider, all proceeds to charity.
  • Hockey and dart games for charity.
  • A draw for, you guessed it, charity.
  • The weighing of the winner of the “win your weight in wine” contest.
  • Handover of the first donations to 2017 partners Bread of Life and Library Project.
  • Lots of Maovember supporters, from individual donors to our bar, restaurant and vendor partners.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the capping of Mike Wester’s month-long, 900-km mission. Mike will time his 899th km for 8 PM, we’ll walk the 900th km together, then the party gets starts.

We’ll be on hand at 7:30 PM, Mike’s last km is at 8 PM, group photos, donation hand-overs are just after 9 PM, and the music, drinks and games are all night. Paddy O’Shea’s is opposite the Australian Embassy (see details here). Hope to see you tonight!

(If you can’t make it, we also have three “hair of the dog events”: SantaCon Beijing and the Beijinger Chili Eating Contest at Punjabi, both on December 2, and the Hatchery Maovember Shave Off on December 3. More details here.)