Twitter's potential for fundraising has become evident in the past few months. Globally, Twestivals have taken off as offline gatherings of people who "tweet, meet and give". As indicated by Rebecca Bollwitt, "Twestival gives you the chance to get out from behind the computer screen and meet your Twitter contacts while supporting a very worthy local cause". The previous version of Twestival raised funds for charity:water whereas this edition allowed local organizers to choose a charity within their own city."Vancouverites are so crazy about Twitter so events like this can showcase how you can use it (and social media) to support your community", Bollwitt added.
Rebecca Bollwitt, Chief Executive Officer of local development and design firm Sixty4Media is the organizer of Vancouver's Twestival, which will take place on Saturday September 12th, 2009 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on the rooftop of local bar Ceili's. But this fundraiser is not only for the Twitteratti. Bollwitt comments "This event is for anyone and everyone who would like to come out for a good time while supporting the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation". Tickets are available online. The entirety of Twestival's proceedings go to the charity of choice.