Core FactsLONDON February 10th – In just one month, from volunteer effort alone, global Twitter-based charity event Twestival has created events in 175+ cities, predicted to raise $1 million for the 1.1billion people in the world who can’t access clean drinking water. Growing beyond all expectations since launching in January 2009, Twestival takes place for 24 hours on February 12th, everywhere from Bethlehem to Birmingham, Beijing to Boston, as up to 20,000 come together inspired by community and charity.
Organised 100% by volunteers connected on micro-blogging site Twitter, the simultaneous events will raise money for charity: water, a non-profit organisation bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival team hopes to bring awareness that one in six of us on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water.
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Quotescharity:water founder Scott Harrison
"We are honoured and proud to be Twestival's cause... The need for clean and safe drinking water worldwide is real and pressing, and there are effective solutions that can radically change lives ... The passion of Amanda Rose and her group of global volunteers has been a great inspiration to our team both in New York and in London. We can't wait to see what happens on the 12th February!"
Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams
“We at Twitter are constantly amazed at the daily initiatives, events, movements and moments we see on Twitter, but Twestival has blown us away. The global and city teams have done an amazing job and we’re as excited as everyone!”
Amanda Rose, Twestival Global Organizer
“The layers of contribution from international volunteers and the sheer scope of Twestival could not have been possible a few years ago; certainly not within a few weeks. The Twitter community has been able to rally around this cause instantly, mobilizing talents and resources to use technology for social good.”
Twestival has global partnerships with Amiando for ticketing, Tipjoy for donations, Mashable for media, and Live Earth for video and broadcast.
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About charity: water
charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. http://www.charitywater.org.
About Live Earth
Live Earth leverages the power of entertainment through integrated events, media, technology and experiences to ignite global movements aimed at solving the most critical environmental issues of our time. www.liveearth.org.
Already used by more than 50,000 events worldwide, amiando is the leading tool in Europe for organizing events online.
Tipjoy makes it easy for people to leave tips for things they love online, and easy for content owners to be rewarded for making the stuff people love.