A while back I posted about the Tibetan Tea Caravan, a recreation of tea trading along the old silk road, organized by a friend of mine from my days in Kunming. The Menghai Tea Factory in Yunnan province is involved in a lot of charity work benefiting schoolkids in poor southern regions. My friend, Jeff Crosby, sends this latest note:
On August 18th they held a charity fundraiser in the city of Zunyi, famous as the location of the Zunyi Conference, where Mao Zedong was selected as the leader of the Communist Party and the Red Army. At the event, seventy sets of Long March Heroes commemorative tea were auctioned off by Cui Yongyuan, raising a grand total of RMB3.23 million. The company has already selected two locations in poorer regions of Guizhou province to build schools with Project Hope.
“Philanthropy has always been a headache in China, with the lion’s share of donations coming from international foundations and corporations”, says Jeff Crosby, the company’s media spokesman, “we’re hoping that through this success, other Chinese companies will see the benefit of jumping on the philanthropy bandwagon”.
The company hopes to raise a minimum of RMB10 million for their charity fund through these auctions. To donate, click here.