Super VIPs | Schwankert, Jordan & Peel post first individual donations


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We consider those who spend 50 kuai for a Maovember pin to be our VIPs, specifically, a member of our ‘500 Mao Club‘. But last year some people wanted to donate enough to fund one eye surgery — rmb800 — and we deemed them ‘Super VIPs‘. That’s called marketing.

We already have three donations, made three unique ways, this year. Steven Schwankert, founder of SinoScuba and executive editor of The Beijinger, met with a Maovember organizer and donated rmb800 on the spot. (He was first to do so last year, too.) Michael Jordan, brewmaster at Boxing Cat Brewery in Shanghai, contacted us by email about supporting Maovember and then used the online system to make a donation. And Sarah Peel, who teaches at Shanghai Livingston American School after a long stint in education in Beijing where she introduced Kindermusik to the city, donated via wechat while riding Line 11 of the subway in Shanghai. Thanks of the support!

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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.