March 24, 2010

Twestival 2010’s worthy cause: Concern Worldwide

JD LasicaI‘ll be attending the third Twestival on Thursday evening in San Francisco, one of 175 cities holding fundraising events — see the TwestivalSF page. As with the original Twestival 13 months ago, which raised $250,000 for charity:water (here’s our interview with Twestival founder Amanda Rose and my photo of Amanda below right), and Twestival Local (which raised money for hundreds of local charities last fall), Twestivals in cities around the world will raise money for an incredibly good cause: Concern Worldwide.

Amanda RoseSee the video at top for a well-done short explanation of how Concern is helping children in poverty around the world. As the Twestival website puts it:

“Concern Worldwide was founded in 1968 to meet the needs of people living in extreme poverty, for whom every day is a fight for survival. Concern is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of poverty. … [Concern’s] education programs target the poorest people in the poorest countries in the world, with particular emphasis on reaching out-of-school children such as girls, orphans, street children, working children, children affected by conflict, children affected by HIV and AIDS, and children with disabilities. Concern’s education programs currently reach over 700,000 people in 25 countries across the regions of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Please follow @concern on Twitter to get a glimpse of their staff tweeting from around the world; including their efforts on the ground in Haiti.”

“The power of Twestival is not just in the amount of money it raises for inspiring nonprofits like Concern, an organization whose mission it is to end extreme poverty,” said Allyson Kapin, editor of the Care2 FrogLoop blog. “It’s in Twestival’s incredible reach across communications channels, and how they help to raise awareness about nonprofits and social justice issues through earned media and word of mouth.”

Hope to see you at the Horizon Lounge in San Francisco — register here to attend for just $15 — or, head to the Twestival nearest to you. You can also donate directly or participate in the online auction.

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