When I heard from Janis La Couvee at a recent Victoria BC tweetup that we would be hosting a local Twestival in September I was pretty excited. Several Victoria tweeps have volunteered as members of the Victoria Twestival team, since there are lots of details to be worked out.
I’d heard about the success of the Global Twestival last February 2009. Here’s what Austin Twestival organizer Michelle Greer said about that event (posted on Mashable)
On January 8, 2009, a tweet went out asking other cities to join in hosting a Twestival on February 12th with the aim of bringing local Twitter communities together offline and raising money for our cause charity: water. In less than a month, close to 1,000 volunteers hosted events in over 200 cities around the world. In all, more than 10,000 people attended.
The global total is slowly rolling in from city organizers. Although over one third of the Twestivals are still to confirm their totals, we’re thrilled to announce that Twestival has already raised over a quarter of a million dollars ($250K) for charity: water.
Twestival Local takes the same international approach and momentum, but hopes to inspire cities to look a little closer to home and support a local cause. So far 231 cities are registered. Twestival local events take place anytime during September 10 – 12, and Victoria is scheduled for September 12.
Here is our chance to get involved and raise money for a local charity. Victoria tweeps will have a chance to vote on the charity selection this week.
These are the members of the Victoria Twestival team – follow them on Twitter – and offer to give them a hand:
Janis La Couvee – @lacouvee
Jose Albis – @josealbis
Chris Burdge – @b_west
Jason Finnerty- @triestoohard
Melanie Wood – @acdsee
Cathy O – @dustypupVI
Catherine Novak – @wordspring
Scott Garman – @scottgarman
Scott – @footbutterguy