The Kunming and Chenggong groups of the Hash House Harriers will be donating all proceeds of our run this Saturday to the local charity WeForShe. This is a women's support group led by women and serving women. We welcome anyone who would like to help this great charity out, see some amazing scenery in Chenggong, drink a few beers and get some well-deserved exercise to please join. Just don't forget to wear your red dress!
The race will commence from the Chunrong Station one Metro Line 1 in Chenggong at 1:30pm, Saturday, April 20. All participants must donate 150 yuan, which covers drinks, dinner and a charity donation. If you would like to donate in advance, search WeChat for 'KY Queen'. Come join us for an afternoon of fun, silliness and charity in Chenggong!
What is WeForShe?
Over the past three years, WeForShe have held discussions and meetings, in which more than 900 people have participated. They have formed a support network for girls and women, encouraging them to pursue educational and personal growth goals, while also providing help in urgent situations — typically instances of domestic violence.
WeForShe have also worked with public and private schools on sex education initiatives, collaborated with other NGOs and organizations to help prevent instances of domestic violence and advocated for sex worker rights. Issues like LGBT rights, sexual assaults and harassment are also top issues.
More on the Hash
The Hash House Harriers (HHH) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs. Events are organized by individual clubs and participants are called 'Hashers'. The person leading the trail is called the 'Hare'.
The Hash began in Selangor, Malaysia in 1938, when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run in the jungle to rid themselves of their weekend excesses. The Hash was revived after World War II in Kuala Lumpur and a constitution was written which most clubs still follow. The club's core tenents are:
• To promote physical fitness among our members
• To get rid of weekend hangovers
• To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
• To persuade older members that they are not as old as they feel
Currently, there are over 2,000 Hash chapters throughout the world with members organizing frequent regional and international events. Two of these are in Kunming.
We have the Kunming Hash House Harriers and the Chenggong Hash House Harriers.
Why the red dresses?
A Red Dress Run is a special event which is hosted by Hash chapters throughout the world in aid of local charities. The idea for the run springs from an incident in 1987 when Donna Rhinehart was taken to a hash in Long Beach California. As she was wearing a red dress, run organizers asked her not to participate. Instead Rhinehart joined the Hash.
The following year, the San Diego Hash House Harriers sent Rhinehart an airline ticket to attend the inaugural Red Dress Run. Hundreds of hashers wore red dresses for the event which was widely covered by local media. In addressing the crowd, Rhinehart suggested that such hashes might be held to raise funds for local charities. The event quickly spread around the globe to places such as Beijing, Montreal, Helsinki, Moscow, Tokyo and New Orleans. Over the years, it has raised millions of dollars for charity.