Tonight sees the London chapter of a new kind of volunteer, charity event which hopes to raise $1million in 24 hours. Twestival is a fundraising event born of micro-blogging site Twitter.com, which has captured the imagination of 185 cities around the world, after being dreamt up by enterprising Londoners in late 2008. The event will be like all good parties - with lots of like-minded folk coming together for a few drinks, bands will also be playing, courtesy of music project Twestival.fm and every penny raised from raffles, sponsors, stunts and donations will go to charity.
Twestivals are at this moment rolling round the globe since 00:00 on February 12th, from Sydney to Shanghai, Stockholm to Sao Paolo and of course London's Shoreditch. An estimated 20,000 will take part in the events which have been organised in just over a month 100% by volunteers. London organiser Elizabeth Varley said: "Twestival is going to be the culmination of a lot of hard work by really dedicated volunteers all coming together for a very important cause: clean, safe water. People in London and around the world have come up with such fabulous ideas, I’m so looking forward to seeing them all come together on the night."
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