Twestival Vancouver

Twestival Vancouver

September 01, 2009 14:28 ET

Bigger Than Ever-Twestival Local 2009 Comes to Vancouver

Global Twitter-Based Charity Event Returns with Local Twist

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - Following the success of the first global Twestival on February 12th 2009, in which 202 cities participated, Twestival returns in September with a local twist on "Twestival" - the volunteer-run, charity fundraising events for people who know each other through the micro-blogging service twitter.com. The Vancouver event will take place on September 12th at Ceilis Irish Pub raising funds for the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation's "Be a Superhero" campaign.

The first 24 hour "'tweet-up' with a social conscience" inspired thousands and raised $250,000 for clean water charity, charity: water, and the next event Twestival Local, looks to be even bigger. Twestival Local again gives every city in the world the chance to hold their own Twestival, but this time they can choose their own local charity. Twitter users in Vancouver chose the BC Childrens Hospital through an online vote on Twitter.

Volunteer teams in Vancouver and cities across the world are now coming together to engage their communities, plan events, gather sponsors and raise funds. Vancouver Twestival organizer Rebecca Bollwitt said, "We're so excited about the next Twestival in Vancouver and working with our great team of sponsors to raise funds for BC Childrens Hospital." InsideVancouver.ca (@MyVancouver), the local blog of Tourism Vancouver, is a presenting sponsor and Ceilis Irish Pub along with Granville Island Brewing (@ItsGoodtoBeHere) are also event sponsors. Prize sponsors can be viewed on the Twestival Vancouver website.

The Twestival evening will be informal, and mostly serve to mix, mingle, enter to win prizes, and meet Twitter contacts from around town - all while supporting a cause.

"We're hoping to see lots of Vancouver Twitter users coming along as I know the service is extremely popular in this city. Twestival will be an amazing time to meetup with friends and new contacts while generating funds for the cause."

"BC Children's Hospital Foundation (@bcchf) is honoured to be the recipient of funds generated by Vancouver Twestival 2009," said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

"Donations will go toward the Foundation's "Campaign for BC Children". The goals of the $200-million Campaign for BC Children are to ensure children and youth in BC and the Yukon have access to outstanding specialized pediatric care in a new BC Children's Hospital building that encourages excellence, and that every child has access to a consistent standard of specialized care, no matter where in this vast province and territory they live."

Global partners across all countries for Twestival are Amiando, Citrix Online, Blurb and Causecast. For the for the full and changing list of cities, or to get involved yourself, go to www.twestival.com.

Tickets for the Vancouver Twestival event can be purchased through Amiando at http://www.amiando.com/vancouvertwestival.html.

Links & contacts:

- http://twestival.com/media/

- @twestival

- Email: pr@twestival.com

- Videos of Twestival money being used to drill wells in Africa.

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