News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
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SA tweeps tweet up blanket donations

02 May 2012

As winter closes in South Africans are embarking on a drive to donate blankets for those unable to afford them, and are using the social network platform Twitter to do so.

The Twitter Blanket Drive (#TBDZA) aims to get thousands of blankets donated for the needy across the country.

On May 26, between 6pm and 10 pm, Cape Town’s ‘tweeps’ (Twitter users)  in cities such as Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizaberth are set to be involved in a major tweet campaign requesting blanket donations around the country.
In Cape Town, smaller events have already been planned ahead of May 26 in support with the collection of blankets.

These include an Adidas Classics party scheduled at Mercury Lounge on May 3.

At Hout Bay Manor, a coffee & cookies event has been planned for May 6 while the South African Network Alliance has planned a network event at 15 on Orange on May 10.

Some of the drop off zones for the blankets include Phillipi, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Worcester, Hout Bay Manor and the Spark PR and Cape Town Magazine offices on Long Street.

Two city charities set to benefit from the donations were Next Step Africa and Operation Shoe Box. Next Step Africa’s projects focused on empowering poor communities in order for them to become self reliant and sustainable. Operation Shoe Box worked with 11 888 children and 30 other charities. The organisation believed that “every child should be spoilt and loved, not only at Christmas, but all year round.” Local celebrity Charles Tertiens, one of the volunteers leading the campaign said that they aimed to collect at least 3000 blankets by raising awareness via Twitter. Tertiens urged Capetonians to open up their hearts and donate blankets as the night get “freaking cold” for those who live under trying conditions in winter.
“Giving a blanket is a little thing one can do,” he said, indicating that they wanted to collect as many blankets as they could.

Donations to the chosen charities could be done in cash or kind. Banking details of these charities are set to be published
The public has been cautioned that #TBDZA was not a non-profit organisation nor charity so no cash donations should be given to any person claiming to represent the organisation as such an act would be illegal and fraudulent. — Francis Hweshe

Tags: #TBDZA, Adidas Classics party, Charles Tertiens, Hout Bay Manor, Mercury Lounge, Next Step Africa, Operation Shoe Box, South African Network Alliance, The Twitter Blanket Drive

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