WE Brewery is Maovember HQ in Tianjin with its annual corn toss extravaganza and this one will the biggest yet. The slate is already full with 16 teams signed up, including numerous returnees. Expect a busy afternoon of corn tossing to narrow that field down to one winner.
Owner Steve Wang is also doing a repeat of his “tab war” fundraiser — the team or table with the highest bar tab at day’s end will see their bill donated to this year’s Maovember partner, The Library Project.
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).
We had runners. And walkers. And strollers. And even one napper at this year’s “mao-a-thon” in-Ritan Park. The event is a more modest version of the 75 km walkMike “Mao-a-thon Man” Wester did in 2017 as part of his month-long 900-km journey.
People could complete 28 laps (42 km) in Ritan Park as individuals (Loren Heinold finished!) or relay teams. In true Maovember spirit, participants brought water, oranges, bananas, chocolate, wine and more to share. And were further fueled four times during the day with tasty pizza treats donated by Baozza.
Thanks to all who joined the mao-a-thon, Baozza for keeping us fueled, and those who shuttled those pizza treats between between Q Mex and Ritan Park.
The mao-a-thon raised 12,450 (124,500 mao) for this year’s Maovember partner The Library Project. Here are some photos from the day.
The Maovember launch party at Hulu had a light turnout given it was a Beijing Friday stacked with Halloween, Day of the Dead and other events, but those who attended had a sweet and scary time. Check out this setup provided by Hulu!
Guests enjoyed a made-to-order mulled wine stand, a free-flow of tasty Hulu snacks and Halloween fun courtesy of the staff in full costume, including ‘syringe’ shots and White Rabbit candy treats (no tricks, only treats). Plus, Jing-A donated two cases of beer and attendees could win bottles with our solo beer pong game.
Many thanks to Hulu for going above and beyond (as usual!). We raised rmb1800 (18,000 mao), including a donation from the proprietor, Ignace “Mr World’s Favorite Restaurant” Lecleir.
Note: This event is RSVP only. No tickets at the door.
Beijing pizza fans! Restaurant and bar Groovy Schiller’s, The Beijinger and Maovember are teaming up for a five-venue five-slice charity pizza mow down.
Get one slice each from all four of Beijinger’s Pizza Cup finalists: Bottega, Q Mex, Saporita and Great Leap. Plus a slice and a beer from event host Groovy Schiller’s. Plus a free raffle ticket to win a case of Jing-A beer.
Five slices, a beer and a ticket for just 100 kuai, with 100 percent of funds going to Maovember partner The Library Project.
24 seats. Groovy Schiller’s. Thursday at 7 PM. RSVP ESSENTIAL. Get your ticket at this link before they run out.
Do you consider yourself a walk star? Then sign up for our 42-km “mao-a-thon” this Saturday. It’s a walk in the park. Ritan Park.
The mao-a-thon is inspired by Mike Wester and his Maovember 2017 feat of walking 900 km in 30 days. This time around it’ll just be one day and 42 km / 28 laps of the park.
How to participate? Find some sponsors! They could sponsor you for say 1 kuai or 2 kuai or 5 kuai or [insert amount here] per km. If they sponsor you 1 kuai and you finish the 42 km circuit, you collect 42 kuai, with 100 percent going to our partner The Library Project, which has furnished over 2,000 libraries in rural schools.
We also have several relay teams. For example, four people each take turns walking, which means about 10.5 km per person. That also means four times as many people getting sponsors!
If you’re interested in joining the walk, please contact us via nihao (at) maovember.com or use this QR code to join our dedicated WeChat group.
Finally, here are some photos of Mike Wester’s epic one-day 70-km walk in Ritan Park two years ago. I hope the weather is this nice on Saturday!
The mulled wine stand returns and guests also have the option of hot whisky, ginger and Coke, a twist on a Chinese remedy for the cold. We will have a fun game with tasty boozy prizes– beer from Jing-A. And, like last year, a flow of delicious Hulu snacks.
Finally, we will launch our 2019 Maovember pins. This year features a “green” theme as we merge a new logo with our extra pins from campaigns past.
Entrance to the gathering at Hulu is rmb150 and includes one hot drink or wine, a 2019 Maovember pin (regular price rmb50), and snacks– with 100 percent of the money raised to The Library Project.
And for those still in the Halloween mood, the Hulu staff will be showing they care — by dressing as scary nurses. You can also still try frightening food from the special “Hulu-ween” menu!
So stop by, have a drink and some snacks, get a pin, and help support Library Project. The event starts at 6:30 PM. Much appreciated if you RSVP at nihao (at) maovember.com so we have a rough idea of how many people will join. If you are on WeChat, we can also add you to our event update group.
Maovember 2019 is about to start and we are backing one of our veteran partners once again: The Libary Project. Since being established in 2006, TLP has furnished books, tables, chairs, shelves et al — libraries — in over 2,000 rural schools in China. TLP has a long track record of teaming up with individual donors, smalls campaigns like ours and big corporations. It is fully registered in China, something that is increasingly important for those raising and donating funds.
I’ll also post an update soon on how our last campaign’s funds were spent. That includes our efforts with bakery Bread of Life and equipment we funded, including industrial clothes driers, printers and a specially made wheelchair from Germany. I’m just waiting to hear from Bread of Life on one last item. That update will also cover The Library Project, which also did a review this year of some previous libraries we funded.