The first time Mack organized a Tweetup (or, meet-up of Twitter users) back in the summer, I was reluctant to attend, as I didn’t know quite what to expect. Since that time, I’ve been to several formal and informal gatherings with Edmonton Twitter users, and I’ve found a community that is not only passionate about the city but also engaged in local issues.
Mack asked for some support in organizing an Edmonton version of Twestival, and I was more than happy to oblige. Twestival is a Twitter festival taking place simultaneously in over 100 cities worldwide on February 12, in order to spread awareness and raise money for charity: water.
charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
We will be collecting $20 online prior to the event or accepting cash at the door for charity: water. And in an effort of pan-Albertan solidarity, we have connected with the Twestival Calgary folks with a unified goal in mind of raising $4000 between the two cities – enough to drill one well in a developing country.
We scouted out a few venues for the event, and ended up selecting Vintage Lounge (10124 124 Street) in the High Street area – they are a fairly new lounge (having converted the space that housed Mangiamos), and were willing to accommodate the needs of our group.
Mack has also been able to secure a few door prizes for those who register for the event in advance on-line. Sassy Cakes, a new home-based cupcakes business, has donated gift certificates and cupcakes, and Transcend Coffee has provided some freshly-roasted beans to give away (EDIT: NAIT has also come through and donated a gift certificate to Ernest’s!).
WHAT: Edmonton Twestival 2009
WHEN: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Vintage Lounge, 10124 – 124th Street – map
WHY: To have some fun while supporting a great cause! Click here to register online.
You definitely do not have to be a Twitter-user to attend Twestival – all are welcome. I hope to see you there!