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Supporting Isle of Man Twestival

Isle of Man Twestival Local will be raising funds for Manx-charity Wish Upon A Dream for campaign 2011 which will culminate in a fun event on 24 March at Jaks Bar & Steakhouse, in Douglas.

“Twestival encourages people to ‘tweet, meet and give,” explains organiser Sherrilynne Starkie. “It’s a fun event where people who chat together online can get together face to face, have a good time and raise money for a great local cause.”

Twestival (or Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good by connecting communities offline on a single day to highlight a great cause and have a fun event. Twestival is the largest global grassroots social media fundraising initative and this year more than 200 cities worldwide will take part.

Last year’s Isle of Man Twestival Global raised more than £2,300 for Concern Worldwide in one day. This year organisers hope to beat that target to help sick childen in the Isle of Man. Here’s where the money went:

“Twitter has gotten a lot more popular on the Island since last year’s campaign with hundreds, if not thousands, more residents now tweeting regularly,” says Sherrilynne. “We are holding this big Twitter celebration to bring this community together offline.”

Wish Upon a Dream is an independent charity that grants wishes for sick children in the Isle of Man, and it depends entirely on donations. A hundred per cent of the funds raised by Isle of Man Twestival will be donated to this worthy cause.

Here at ManxVoice we’re planning to support Twestival Isle of Man in any way we can. We’ll be giving you updates as the day approaches and plan to support  the initiative both online and offline. So, watch this space and look out for a special Twestival page we’ll be putting up to help raise as much money as possible for Wish Upon a Dream.

In the meantime, here are 5 ways you can help support Twestival. The main thing is to spread the word as widely as possible. Tell all  your friends, tell  your colleagues, tell everyone who follows you on Twitter all about it. March is Twestival month and it all comes to a head on the 24th March.

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