Twestival Global 2010 has been awarded a US $100k matching grant from Austin Ventures, a Texas-based VC firm.
This means that for every £5 ticket sold, another £5 will be added to the total. Not only is 100% of all ticket sales and donations going to support Concern Worldwide’s educational projects, that amount will be doubled!
“We’ve had lots of people sign up on Facebook to attend the night and many more are tweeting their intentions to come out on 25 March, but these numbers are not yet reflected in our online ticket sales,” said Sherrilynne Starkie, a member of the Isle of Man Twestival organising committee. “Please be sure to book soon to ensure the value of your ticket gets doubled as a donation.”
Twestival (or Twitter Festival) uses social media to bring people together offline to rally around the important cause of education by hosting local events to have fun and create awareness. All of the local events are organised 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go direct to Concern Worldwide’s education projects.
IoM Twestival will take place at Jaks Bar & Steak House, a popular music venue in Douglas. The main event is going to be a performance and karaoke singalong with band Red. Audience members will be encouraged to tweet feedback on the singers’ performances in Manx!
Singer/songwriter Anna Goldsmith with also perform and the evening will include a silent auction, raffle and other fun, fundraising activities.
Twestival is raising money to help educate the 72 million children in the world who don’t have the opportunity to go to school through the charity Concern Worldwide.
One hundred per cent of Twestival funds will go to project costs. This includes material purchases (curriculum, desks, pencils) as well as project activities such as construction of schools; rehabilitation of classrooms; teacher/management training; PTAs; HIV/AIDS school clubs; water and sanitation in schools; health education in schools; education advocacy; vocational/life-skills training for youth, farmers and women; and curriculum development for secondary school/university. Money will not be used for things like administration, overhead, reporting