Over 100 cities around the world will be hosting events called Twestivals on February 12th, 2009. The Twitter community in each city will come together to meet and interact with one another, and to raise money and awareness for charity: water. The idea started in London, UK in September of last year when the local Twitter community decided to combine their get-together with a food drive and fundraising effort for a local charity. Eventually, the idea grew into a global initiative, and Twestival is the result:
Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact.
By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival hopes to bring awareness to this global crisis.
Here’s why charity: water was chosen:
Right now 1.1 billion people on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water. That's one in six of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
Hopefully we can raise enough money to make a real difference!
There are a number of cities hosting Twestivals in Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Other cities in the Techvibes network hosting Twestivals include Denver and Seattle. You can see the full list at the Twestival site.
Details are still being hashed out for most cities, so be sure to find your contact and stay tuned for updates. Twestival is organized entirely by volunteers and 100% of the money raised will go directly to charity: water.