Preparations for Maovember 2015 are underway, with details on this year’s campaign slated for release this coming week.
The “mao” in maovember refers to the bank notes of that name—worth one-tenth of a yuan or about 1.5 cents—with the idea that many small donations can lead to big achievements.
The inaugural campaign started a week into November in 2013 and, with insufficient time to find a suitable men’s charity in China, the funds went to The Library Project, which allows donors to see a practical result from their efforts. Over a dozen Beijing bars, restaurants and vendors — and hundreds of donors — teamed up to raise over 22,000 yuan and furnish a reading room at a migrant children’s school on the outskirts of Beijing.
In 2014, Maovember backed Orbis, an organization focused on preventing and treating blindness and known for its “flying hospitals“. The initial goal was to raise 20,000 yuan and fund cataract surgery–at 800 yuan per operation—for at least 25 men in rural China. The campaign far exceeded that goal and ultimately raised 135,000 yuan, enough money to fund more than 130 operations.
More details on Maovember 2015 soon!
Maovember focuses on quirky events for good causes. Our 2022 partner is Library Project, which has furnished thousands of reading rooms in rural schools. Learn more about Maovember here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.