Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Twitter Blanket Drive

The power of social networking and the strength of the SA Twitter community has flexed its muscles once again and the
Twitter Blanket Drive (“#TBD”) is underway once again.
#TBD is a South African national charity drive managed and supported by the local Twitter community. "#TBD" is the
Twitter hashtag that you can use to look up all related posts and information. "#TBD" is the acronym for "Twitter Blanket
Drive".   The idea is for "Tweeps" to meet up ("tweetup") at venues around the country on the same day, at the same time
to share a warm cup of coffee – and to donate a blanket or two.   There are 800 000 Tweeps in SA. If 1% contribute we
can raise 8 000 blankets. There are 4 ways to participate and show your support: RSVP and attend a Tweetup. Don’t
forget to bring a blanket to donate.
In 2011 @melanieminnaar posted a Tweet on Twitter suggesting that it would be great if the SA Twitter community (SA
Tweeps) could donate blankets to those in need this winter. That tweet raised hundreds of blankets and over R25,000.00
in cash donations that were distributed to organisations and needy people countrywide.
Several corporate have shown their support for this initiative by either matching blanket collections in cash or by holding
staff blanket drives to contribute to #TBD.
You can donate blankets and clothing. New or used. Cash donations can be made as well but only directly to the selected
charities for #TBD 2011. We will publish links to their websites or make their banking details available to you via Please note that #TBD *is not* an NGO or official charity organisation – no cash donations
should be made to any person representing #TBD. This is viewed as fraudulent and therefore illegal.
Events take place on Saturday, 4 June 2011 in the following centres:
Area  Venue  Time  Twitter host
Sandton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank 6pm – 10pm @MelanieMinnaar
Benoni The Coffee Shop, Rynfield 6pm @jackiejvr
West Rand SilverStar Casino 6pm @ReneeEverett
Pretoria The Blades  6pm @sdiedericks
Cape Town NewsCafe at Artscape 4.30pm @alambchop
Hermanus OCF offices, Gateway Centre 6pm @talitharabie
Plettenberg Bay Fynbos Ridge Country House 6pm @fynbosridge
Somerset West TBC  6pm @Helderberginfo
Knysna Mitchell’s Brewery beer garden 2pm – 4pm @marleneboyce
Durban  Luna Rossa, Gateway S/C 11am - 4pm @waewest
Durban north Livingstone Gastro Pub, Glenore Centre 6pm - 8pm @askashe
South coast The Bistro, Ramsgate 6pm - 8pm @SouthCoastLive
Eastern Cape  East London TBC  TBC @slummiesgirl
Port Elizabeth Vovo Telo Pizzeria 6pm @mon_tays
RSVP’s are encouraged and can be done online via the official #TBD website;
For anyone wishing to donate but who cannot attend any of the events, Williams Hunt dealerships nationwide are once
again drop off points for blankets and clothing (no cash donations). For more information visit
Melanie Minnaar (Founder & national co-ordinator)
Twitter: @MelanieMinnaar

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