It is all begins when I was drunk one night...

 

I have been living in HK for a while. It's been my long time ambition to do something there which I would not feel any regret by the time I leave. I have thought of riding on the MTR and visiting every single stations, or visiting every single bar in Wanchai and LKF; but they don't seem to have too much significance.

Its not until September 2007, my friends and I were drinking and someone just told me there are about 800 7-Eleven(s) in HK. Everyone who has been in HK should knows there are a lot but I have never realized there are so many of them. Its like 1 7-Eleven for each 10,000 people there. And 800 is not a small figure. Thus, it could be a real challenge for anyone who is trying to visit every single one of them.

And I told my friends, I would gonna be the first one who did it.

I have been talking about my adventure with my friends over the past few days, and on Oct 3 2007, I started my journey finally. Its hoped that I could complete the challenge by the end of October.

To make it more significant, I will donate HK$ 10 for each of the 7-Eleven I have visited to a local charity organization. (I am not a rich boy, sorry about that) In the past, I have been working at a charity organization known as "Crossroads International". It is found by an Australian couple who has been living in HK for more than 20 years. Their good work includes sending goods and materials to the third world countries, every month without a break in the past 10 years. More detail can be found in their website: http://www.crossroads.org.hk

 
And it will be finished with a quite noble objective!
 

So, probably I will donate my money to them, unless I found something which is more urgent for my money during my adventure. I would try to organize a donation presentation ceremony with Crossroads when everything is over.

My Adventure will be stopped after I have visited 800 7 Eleven(s) in HK. There is new 7 Eleven opening in HK every month or even every week so, I could not visit every single 7 Eleven in HK anyway. But I promise I will try my best running through every streets in HK to ensure I have not miss any 7 Eleven shop.

It is welcome if you wanna show your support for my adventure or charity. We can talk about it with Crossroads. Or, just be my sponsor :)

You can also follow my adventure on Facebook - "Cheers for Lorencio, from 0 to 7,11". This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Lorencios711

Please feel free to share your view with me. You can either give me an email: lorenciosm@netvigator.com or Sign My Guestbook Free Guestbook.

If you know there is any 7-Eleven that I have missed in the area which I have "cleared" already, PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!

 

http://www.lorencio.us   

Lorencio H M S, October 2007

 

Today - November 10, 2007 - I have made a 7-Eleven song on my way after I have visited the 500th 7-Eleven in my adventure. I hope you could stand for such a stupid thing and would love it :)

The lyrics:

 

Ohh... I love you 7-Eleven,

They have all you need, they have all the fun;

And when you need something, you don't need to run,

Cos' they are always open,

And you can always find one...

 

And there is a "Drunk" version if you use Facebook LOL - http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=7714539972&subj=510484182&oid=6967115387

 

November 17, 2007 - I was invited for an interview with 7-Eleven Hong Kong! They were so interested in my adventure as well as my goal for charity. So, if you want to donate money to help the poor all over the world, please don't let the chance leave away from you. Contact me asap!

801 ! Final record as at December 2, 2007

October 3 - December 2, 2007 (60 days)

My 7-Eleven Hong Kong came to an end officially on December 2, 2007 (Sunday). The final record was 801. I have to thank God to give me so much strength throughout the journey, and giving me the opportunity to accomplish my adventure by moving away all the obstacles along. Also, thank you for all my friends who have shown their support. 7-Eleven HK, thank you for providing me the shops list, as well as your recognition.

Nevertheless, it is not the end of my work. I believe I have inspired people in a certain extent that anyone as ordinary as I am, can change the world, can help the poor by any means as long as they have the determination and incentive. The spirit which came to life from my adventure would continue to shine the world and change the lives of everyone.

Moreover, the end of my adventure also marks the beginning of my charity ceremony. Now I have the time to organize the event. Beware of it happening before the end of December 2007. No idea how much money I could raise though.

 

And finally, one big

THANK YOU!

December 4, 2007 - Guinness World Record has accepted my application for approval of my adventure as a new world record. Evaluation is being carried out right now and a result would be produced in 4 to 6 weeks!!!

December 6, 2007 - A magazine from HK: The HK Magazine was alerted by my adventure and conducted an interview with me. The article was published on December 14, 2007 on their issue no. 713

The interview with HK Magazine about my adventure.

(They haven't shown me the article before it was published. So, there maybe something inaccurate.)

 

Another interview with another local media was published on January 8, 2008. I didn't expect they would provide a full page cover for my interview. I got so many people asking me about my adventure now, BUT ONCE AGAIN, NONE of them has mentioned if they would donate any money for charity (include the 4 media companies who has interviewed me so far)...Is Hong Kong people really selfish or not ???

Frankly, when I saw this article, I was a little scared of going out walking around the streets for a few minutes. I wondered how many strangers would notice me LOL

April 26th, 2008

The presentation ceremony is finally set on April 26th 2008. It will be held at the headquarters of Crossroads International in HK. It will mark the end of this remarkable journey, but also the begin of future accomplishment !

Press release: http://www.crossroads.org.hk/our-news/Student-visits-Hong-Kong2019s-800-7-11-stores-in

Here are some pictures of the ceremony

This ceremony marks the end of my adventure, yet I hope it is the beginning of more others' determination in helping the unfortunate ones. Never underestimate yourselves, and never think if it is too late. No matter what you do, even a small thing would give big help to the poor. THANK YOU !

 


JUNE 25th 2008

The South China Morning Post, the leading English newspaper in Hong Kong, talks about my adventure after almost half a year. Yay, live on the spirit!

And this is a piece of internal newsletter of the 7-ELEVEn featuring my story:

 

 
CONTENT:

Some thoughts about the adventure during the adventure

October 3, 2007 - The beginning

October 4, 2007 - Got work to do, just trying to catch some on the way

October 5, 2007 - The official start, the difficult ones first

October 6, 2007 - It doesn't seem to have many 7-Eleven in HK

October 7, 2007 - The first catastrophe: Caught a cold during the adventure

October 8, 2007 - I was sick, but keep going for the sake of charity

October 9, 2007 - Still not feeling well, but today I break through the 100th barrier

October 10, 2007 - I almost went to CHINA for it

October 11, 2007 - I was hung over and I took a rest...I felt so bad

October 12, 2007 - Over 200 !!!

October 13, 2007 - The dark side of HK

October 14, 2007 - New Territories 99% completed

October 15, 2007 - Getting busy this week

October 16, 2007 - Work work work but still trying my best and took 5

October 17, 2007 - All KCR Lines K.O.

October 18, 2007 - Central Macau Pier

October 19 -21, 2007 - Went to Macau and having hella fun. There are another 30 7-Eleven there though.

October 22, 2007 - Back to my work, but just didn't wanna give up

October 23, 2007 - 3 more, closer and closer to 300th!

October 24, 2007 - Finally...300th!!!!!!

October 25, 2007 - I love having my adventure back on track!

October 26, 2007 - All remote islands of HK finished

October 27, 2007 - Are there really 500 more 7-Eleven in downtown HK?

October 28, 2007 - Approaching 350

October 29, 2007 - The beginning of downtown

October 30, 2007 - Rain + food poisoning = 5 more

October 31, 2007 - A 7-Eleven a day

November 1, 2007 - Hung Over...Again

November 2, 2007 - 50% Done in 1 month !!!

November 3, 2007 - The best record so far

November 4, 2007 - The rest of N.T.

November 5, 2007 - It's gonna be huge starting from today!

November 6, 2007 - HK Island Waterfront

November 7, 2007 - Better than nothing

November 8, 2007 - I am freaking serious, right?

November 9, 2007 - Wanchai North

November 10, 2007 - >500! I couldn't believe I was actually going that far

November 11, 2007 - Starting to develop the feeling of breaking up...

November 12, 2007 - Sheung Wan

November 13, 2007 - Something I  have missed

November 14, 2007 - Taking a break

November 15, 2007 - Jordan and Yau Ma Tei

November 16, 2007 - 630! Could u believe that?

November 17, 2007 - Kowloon Bye Bye! HK next!

November 18, 2007 - 709: Not excited, but worrying indeed

November 19, 2007 - 711, only one actually

November 20, 2007 - Getting slow now

November 21, 2007 - Rest of Causeway Bay

November 22, 2007 - The missing Kowloon

November 23, 2007 - Happy Valley

November 24, 2007 - Kowloon no more

November 25, 2007 - New Territories once again

November 26, 2007 - A TRUE adventure

November 27, 2007 - 99% Finished, 799 !!!

November 28 - 30, 2007 - Preparing myself for the big day, making it exactly 60 days

December 1, 2007 - 800 Last but not least

December 2, 2007 - The final showdown