Monday, February 9, 2009

Charity:Water event

If you've never heard of the Twestival before (I hadn't until last week) it's a charity festival being hosted by Twitter communities.

Click on the link above to see how you can be a part of this.

Twestival. 185 cities for charity: water.This Thursday, Feb. 12th, the Twitter community will gather to fundraise for charity: water.

What is Twitter? A real-time short messaging service where friends can connect about what they're doing.What is Twestival? A face-to-face gathering of the virtual Twitter community for charity.
Since charity: water started two and a half years ago, we've constantly been impressed not only by our supporters' ability to raise money for water solutions but also by their ability to take the message and independently run with it. We've seen people jump out of perfectly good airplanes to skydive for clean water. We've seen others sail across oceans and climb mountains. We continue to be in awe of seven-year-olds who raise $22,000 and tax-accountants in small Manhattan offices who raise $300,000 and travel to Liberia to visit their 50+ wells. All that said, this year the Twestival takes the cake.
This Thursday, February 12th, charity: water will participate in our first ever global event organized entirely by volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers around the world have used Twitter, a social networking and micro-blogging service where friends can connect in real-time, to mobilize people in over 185 cities to plan simultaneous global events in a massive project called Twestival. People connected via Twitter are getting together offline and in person to meet, talk water and raise funds for charity: water. In only four short weeks, the Twestival has garnered global media attention and enlisted tens of thousands of supporters.
Here's how you can help.
1. First, see if there's an event in your city by visiting Like always, 100% of the money raised through each event will directly fund sustainable water projects for communities in need. charity: water representatives will be speaking at the 1,000+ person Twestival events in NYC ( and Los Angeles (
2. No Twestival nearby? You can still give $20 towards the cause on We'll drill another well live from Africa in April, connecting Twestival supporters to what they helped make possible.
3. Help us spread the word - Write about it, blog about it, tweet about it or just email your friends.The phenomenal Twestival organizers led by Amanda Rose are hoping to raise $1 million. If they're successful, they'll help us give 50,000 people clean drinking water for 20 years. We can't wait to let you know how it turns out.

Meet the charity: water staff, we're now on twitter.
@beckystraw water projects manager
@carriesanders strategic partnerships
@nickyyates communications/volunteer coordinator
@vikalexeeva design & branding
@evanslusher operations
@phillipcrosby events coordinator
@robinisajones accountant
@cschomaker web developer
@eibrooks communications assistant

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