When the Maovember 2019 campaign wrapped up last December, we anticipated seeing our funds in action faster than ever thanks to a QR code system that allows direct donations from supporters to our partner, The Library Project. Most donations now go directly to TLP during, or even before, events. For example, the event fee when people sign up for the annual Dog Pub Crawl is a direct donation to TLP.
Unfortunately, in terms of putting the funds to use, 2020 has not been an easy year. As the coronavirus crisis spread in China in January, we asked TLP to use the funds specifically for schools at the epicenter, the province of Hubei. TLP agreed but I don’t think any of us realized how long it would take to get that money to the schools given ongoing concerns about COVID-19.
But persistence pays and, after being in contact with education officials all year, the The Library Project team finally got approval and headed to rural Hubei earlier this month to provide two schools in Badang County with new books, desks, chairs, teacher training and more. Check out the photos below, provided by Nichole He of TLP, of Maovember funds in action.
We are now preparing Maovember 2020, with annual events like the WE Brewery corn toss tourney, Paddy O’Shea’s party and Dog Pub Crawl on the slate already. Updates coming soon. If you’d like to join our WeChat group, with Maovember event and donation updates, connect with me at ‘beijingboyce.’
Thanks again to supporters of Maovember 2019 for making these library donations possible.
Call it the corniest event in town! The Irish Volunteer @ Buddy’s had its annual Charity Cornhole Contest last Saturday as 16 teams battled for the title: The ‘Stache Hawks won two official hockey jerseys from KHL team Kunlun RedStars. The top four teams also won wine donated by CHEERS and Ponty. Given a wet day following Beijing’s first snow, the event was held indoors in the IV’s long and narrow front area. A perfect fit!
Thanks to the Hockey Guys (BIIH) and Irish Volunteer for the good times–and for supporting Maovember since year one. To the RedStars, CHEERS, Steve Northcott and George Smith, among others, for tournament and silent auction prizes. And to all of the teams as well as to Jen Ambrose for bidding rmb500 for naming rights to one of them: KesselMania.
Saturday’s event raised 83,490 mao (8,390 rmb) for Maovember’s 2019 partner The Library Project. The hockey guys raised a further 43,000 mao (4,300 rmb) by selling 50:50 tickets and beer from league sponsor Boxing Cat, for a total of 126,490 mao (12,649 mao). And it was great to have Library Project founder Tom Stader attend and play in the tournament!
Paddy O’Shea’s, active in Maovember since 2013, did a doubleheader this year. Thursday featured a warm-up during the weekly open mic night — patrons could donate money to have their song played by host Chris Parry. The result was a fun (and eclectic!) playlist to say the least!
Then came the ‘unofficial’ Maovember party on Friday. Paddy O’Shea’s had a full slate of fun for this one: picklebacks, mustache drawing, a raffle, a charity darts game and even more ‘pay for play’ songs for the DJ.
Good times as usual, with Tom Stader of The Library Project joining both nights and receiving a cheque for the first 500,000 mao from this year’s campaign. All in all, the doublehader raised 48,500 mao (4,850 rmb) for Maovember.
December 1 is a sweet time for a shave after a month full of Maovember fun. The Rooster in Shanghai got into that spirit by teaming up with Doc’s Barber Shop for a fundraiser organized by Maovember veteran Pilou.
A 100 kuai donation was worth a shave or trim plus a beer and a 2019 Maovember pin. Those who liked their faces just the way they were paid 50 kuai for a beer and pin. All funds went to The Library Project. The event, including a donation to top things off, raised a neat 20,000 mao (2,000 rmb).
Call it paws for a cause. Peking’s pooches powered through the city’s streets on Sunday for a pub crawl with a doggone good mission: The Library Project.
Dozens of dogs had some 40 humans in tow for beverages at XL Bar & Restaurant (mulled wine), Jing-A (beer) and Paddy O’Shea’s (hot cider). The day included a ‘ruff-le’ at each stop with prizes like hoodies, T-shirts and beanies from the pubs and CHEERS wine, Hulu restaurant gift certificates and Jia Rui cheese. The dogs spent the day munching treats courtesy of Penny’s Food Studio.
Dog Pub Crawl 3 raised 4,300 rmb via pre-paid entry fees plus 1550 rmb from ticket sales and donations during the event for a total of 5850 rmb / 58,500 mao. That’s a Dog Pub Crawl record, which is great, but just as important were the good vibes and delighted dogs all day long.
100 percent of the money is already in Library Project’s hands and, along with revenue from other Maovember events, will be used to provide books, chairs, tables, teacher training and more at a rural Hebei school. We’ll update when that reading room is ready to go.
Thanks to all involved — the pubs, ruff-le prize donors, and participants and dogs who made it possible.
WE Brewery in Tianjin held an epic corn toss tourney on Sunday, with 16 teams, many clad in custom-made corn-toss themed outfits, fighting it out for six hours before a champion was crowned. Team O’Mahony edged out Team Cornhole of Glory in a close finale as a raucous crowd cheered.
The tournament started mid-afternoon and people enjoyed WE brews and snacks during the games. Many also participated in the “tab war”, with the day’s highest bar bill going to charity, and bought raffle tickets for nice prizes from Shangri-La Hotel,O’Mahony Irish Pub, Fish and Potato (Joy City), Mi Salsa and WE Brewery.
The event raised rmb8000 from entrance fees alone, as each of the 16 teams paid rmb500. Also, over rmb 3000 was made from raffle tickets, 3460 from tab war and rmb3350 from personal donations, including a whopping rmb2500 donation from the unofficial “Mayor of Tianjin.” That’s nearly rmb18,000 for Library Project from this fun-filled day!
The event is the brainchild of WE Brewery owner Steve Wang, who is also a steering group member for Maovember.
Maovember supporters had fun trying tasty pies last night from the ‘final four’ venues in this year’s Beijinger Pizza Cup — since narrowed down to two!
Attendees paid rmb100 and got a slice each from Bottega, Great Leap, Q Mex and Saporita, plus two beers and a slice of pizza from host Groovy Schiller’s, plus a ticket to win a case of beer donated by Jing-A. Fantastic that all 24 people who signed up, also showed up, for a speedy affair that lasted 75 minutes from first slice to last. Then followed by a few hours of beverages.
Each of the 24 pizza eaters also voted for their favorite pie: that result will be announced after the finale of the Pizza Cup
Thanks to Groovy Schiller’s for hosting, The Beijinger (Mike, Vic, Pablo and Echo) for organizing the event on two days’ notice and Bottega, Q Mex and Saporita for donating pizza. The event raised rmb2650 (26,500 mao).