In just one month, from volunteer effort alone, global Twitter-based charity event Twestival has created events in 175+ cities (including in New Zealand), predicted to raise US$1 million for the 1.1billion people in the world who canít access clean drinking water.
Launched in January 2009, Twestival takes place for 24 hours on February 12th, everywhere from Bethlehem to Birmingham, Beijing to Boston, as up to 20,000 come together inspired by community and charity.
Organised 100% by volunteers connected on micro-blogging site Twitter, the simultaneous events will raise money for charity:water, a non-profit organisation bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival team hopes to bring awareness to the one in six of us on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water.
charity:water founder Scott Harrison said "We are honoured and proud to be Twestival's cause... The need for clean and safe drinking water worldwide is real and pressing, and there are effective solutions that can radically change lives ... The passion of Amanda Rose and her group of global volunteers has been a great inspiration to our team both in New York and in London. We can't wait to see what happens on the 12th February!"
Twestival has global partnerships with Amiando for ticketing, Tipjoy for donations, Mashable for media, and Live Earth for video and broadcast.