I'm reaching out. Along with Nicole Jensen, I'm organising Brisbane Twestival. Twestival is a global festival event taking place on 12 February that seeks to raise money for the 1 in 6 people worldwide who do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. 1 in 6! That's 1.1 billion people without clean drinking water, something we take for granted.
To help them out, the Twitter community (http://twitter.com) are holding this event to raise both awareness and money to donate to Charity:Water (http://charitywater.org). This charity works very hard to get sustainable solutions to those communities without water but they can't do it entirely on their own. Brisbane is just one of over 100 cities worldwide holding a Twestival!
But we can't do this without your help, so here's where you come in.
What we're looking for right now are sponsors. We have a couple on board already who are providing a venue (to be announced shortly!) and contributing towards some of the costs of holding such a big event.
The event itself will not be a sombre event - it's a festival! There'll be local bands, work on display from local artists, stalls to buy stuff, a bar, and games and competitions. We're conservatively anticipating a bare minimum of 100 attendees, though some estimates suggest the night will bear witness to as many as 300.
What we need are sponsors. Sponsors to provide prizes for the competitions and games, to donate to charity or to contribute in some other way they think would help us to make this a successful festival event.
In return, you'll get exposure and generate an incredibly large amount of goodwill. We'll be promoting you everywhere online from Facebook to Twitter to the official Brisbane Twestival site. You'll be mentioned on all of our promotional material. You'll be displayed on projectors and posters and mentioned repeatedly on the night. And, of course, you'll be recognised for some time for giving back to the global community.
If you think you or your business can contribute, please contact myself or Nicole Jensen and we'll help you to help us and the 1 in 6 people worldwide who need it.
Also, if you'd like to know a bit more, check out the links below.
Global Twestival website: http://twestival.com
Charity:water website: http://charitywater.org
Brisbane Twestival website: http://brisbane.twestival.com
Brisbane Twestival Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=44952598701
Brisbane Twestival twitter account: http://twitter.com/bnetwestival
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I'm working with a team of Brisbane Twitter users to bring you our branch of Twestival, the international Twitter Festival raising funds for Charity:Water.
The event is set for February 12th, a day after Pecha Kucha, a day prior to Friday 13th and two days prior to Valentine's Day. We are currently working on confirming the venue and also scoring some winner entertainment. If you're an entertainer, artist or other individual-of-groove, let me know and we might just have a place for you on the night.
My main role on the committee is to seek sponsorship of the event, whether it be funds, services or products. If you are a proud Twitter user, I would be so humble as to ask for donations to the cause. Please note that Twitter members organising the event are all volunteers; we're not pocketing any of the cash as 100% of funds from Twestival will go to Charity:Water.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Brisbane Twestival 2009 site!
Q: Hi Nicole, welcome to Askablogr! What's the biggest event you've ever put on? The most satisfying? What kinds of gigs do you say 'no' to? Are you Brisbane-only, or can you take on clients elsewhere?Chris DeVore
A: a) The most satisfying event I've had a major role in organising was for International House College (University of Queensland, Brisbane). The college holds an event known as Soiree (which I cannot find the website of right now!) and it is completely run by the students. My role in 2006 was to organise publicity, where with two other students I put the word out to EVERYONE in Brisbane that Soiree was on.
It was my first experience at sponsorship negotiations (successful at gaining free advertising on Brisbane's CityCat ferries!) leading and motivating large groups of tired flag-clothed and body-painted students early in the winter mornings for promotional activities, communicating with embassies and local media bodies and more! Let's just say I missed out most of the actual event because I was so exhausted.
To this day people still congratulate me on my efforts that year. I mean, I had a bucket of beer thrown over me at a rival college because we'd interrupted the cricket for a few minutes to promote Soiree!
b) I refuse events I feel I am not competent in running, of course, also I'd have to refuse events outside Brisbane. The reason for both of these is that I would not be able to deliver an event anywhere near the quality of one run by someone more local or qualified. The last reason I'd turn down an event is if it was being run for unethical purposes; it would take all the money in the world just to get me to go against my own code of ethics!
I hope this answered your questions. Thanks for the warm welcome to Askablogr!
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