Ask Ashe asked us to participate in the Twitter Blanket Drive and this is what she said:
For the last 2 years I’ve been involved in Treasures for Charity – an event where we collected ‘still wearable’ fashion from some of Durban’s fashionistas and sold it all for charity.
This year, I’ve decided to throw my weight behind theTwitter Blanket Drive.
I’m pretty new to twitter and must say, whilst many perceive it to be a regurgitation of ‘what I had for breakfast’ tweets, I have found it to be a wildly amusing ‘adult chat room’ where I’ve ‘met’ some great people, whom I have now met in person and I’m thoroughly enjoying forging some new friendships.
So what is the Twitter Blanket Drive?
About a year ago, Melanie Minnaar (@melanieminnaar) sent out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to drop off a blanket and have a cup of coffee – basically arranging a ‘tweetup’ (where tweeters meet in person). The blankets were all dontaed to charity and this single tweet amassed over 700 blankets!
This year, the power of social networking has added huge momentum to this initiative and there is now a nationwide ‘battle’ to see which province can collect the most blankets. And this is where our little crew comes in!
On the 4th June 2011, our group of Durbanites – @NevinSP @waewest @coaxel @AMG133 @lizlaughalot @MadamMichelle and myself – @askashe have set up 3 separate collection points in Durban, throughout the day:
9am – 12pm at the I Heart Market at the DLI Hall between the Greyville Racecourse
11am – 4pm at Luna Rossa at Gateway Shopping Centre (next to Primi in the fountain food court)
4:30pm – 8pm at Livingston’s Gastropub in Glenore Centre, Glenashley – we’ll be set up there for the evening to watch the Sharks vs Cheetahs game, have a festive tweetup & collect as many blankets as possible!
HOW CAN YOU HELP:
1. Let everyone you know about the event inDurban
2. Come to one of the venues on 4th June and drop off a blanket
3. Fellow bloggers – any coverage you can give us would be MUCH appreciated
4. Fellow tweeters – retweet the #TBD tweets about the collection points
We’ve got some fantastic support through the likes of Williams Hunt, ABSA, CarsSA,co.za, SAPPI, TBWA, Paton Tupper, Car Magazine and even local ‘celebs’ are retweeting the #TBD venues – look out for Ross Skeate of the Sharks and Ian F from East Coast radio on twitter…
#TBD is the Twitter hashtag that you can use to look up all related posts & info on twitter.
For more info check out http://www.twitterblanketdrive.co.za/
See you there Durban!