I am sure that most of my fellow BJ Stuff members will have noticed there is in China a large disparity between the have and the have nots.
There are of course quite a few charities and charitable organisations that do splendid work, though most of them are for a very specific niche group.
Many BJ Stuff members will, I think, also have noticed that at this time of year the various Chambers of Commerce organise charity balls for the corporate world. The tickets at these events can cost hundreds of RMB per person. If I am not mistaken one such Ball cost 1,000RMB.per ticket. They are indeed successful fund raisers but they are very much targeted at large corporate entities and are often part of their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
Last year I tried to coin a new concept called ISR (Individual Social Responsibility). The idea is simple - not every BJ Stuff member, not every expat, can afford to pay 1,000RMB. However, every BJ Stuff member irrespective of gender, age or ethnicity can afford to donate an item or two of good condition clean used clothing to people who care not about fashion but care about keeping warm.
There is in Beijing an amazing Charity Distribution Store called Roundabout.
The Roundabout concept is simple; YOU donate your good quality, unwanted goods and they get them out to the people who need them. Roundabout currently supports 30 charities within the Beijing area and many more in areas throughout the country, including Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia and Hebei. Choosing only to pass on items via other reputable organizations that are already working to alleviate poverty and suffering, they make sure that the goods they ship out end up in the right hands.
I will be organising a clothing drive /charity cocktail party for Roundabout on Tuesday 20 December at the Zeta Bar (Hilton Beijing) and in due course will post the details.
One and all are invited to attend the event.
Even if you don't like cocktail parties and are not interested in having a great night out you are invited to pop-in and donate one, two three or more pieces of your unwanted goods.
Think of it as a good opportunity to get rid of that warm sweater that Aunty X made for you last year that you never wear because it is the wrong size, or because the colour is not currently in fashion.
Please feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about this charity clothing drive but I suggest that you don't tell Aunty X.
In the next couple of days I will post more info about the event.
BTW - If you are not my direct contact and like this concept please feel free to add me as a contact..
I won't be in Beijing during this event, but do you have an address or information where to donate items to roundabout? I'm sure in the future I will definately donate things that I have accumulated here, especially clothing
they are currently moving to a new location. They were until recently next to ISB (in Shunyi) and they are looking for somewhere similar.
It is also a great place to buy good stuff at reasonable prices knowing that the money goes to the charities.
I recently bought a car seat there for my soon to be new born.
The event has now been posted. Please RSVP here http://www.bjstuff.com/events/all-for-one-one-for-all-christmas-cha... and please tell your friends. The more merrier and the happier the recipients of the donated items will be.
Sounds like a great thing! I would like to know more so that I could put an article on the front page of my website, www.thebjreviewer.com. Later today i'll add this event to our events listing but would def love more info on Roundabout.
Chad, I organise industry themed networking events (nearly) every Tuesday. All held at the best hotel bars in Beijing. The themes and venues rotate on a monthly basis. Please feel free to post all of them on your site. If you pm me your email address I will add you to the mailing list so that you can decide if they are suitable for your readers.
The next one is on Tues 27 Dec and is part of our "BEEF & I" series of networking evenings. That is to say an evening for Business people, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Finance professionals and Investors
Sorry, they only accept items in good condition.
I assume your liver is pickled, kidneys stoned, and heart broken
I might have some leggings (new) to donate, but I cannot come to the event, is there anyway we can meet somewhere next week during the day and I'll give them to you??
They're in the country house, my wife will bring them here on Monday
We gathered together to enjoy the Christmas and New Year atmosphere, while at the same time, our warm hearted participants showed care to those who need help by donating money and helpful items to Roundabout Charity. As part of the event highlight, Mark Levine's American country music and Chinese folk songs also brought quite nice holiday atmosphere to this event.
Read the event review article at Upperbeijing.com/blog: Event Review – Dec. 20 Tues. FC Club (Beijing) "All for one, one fo...