Global Twitter-Based Charity Event Returns with Local Twist to Abu Dhabi

Following the success of the first global Twestival on February 12th 2009, in which 202 cities participated, Twestival returns in September with a local twist on “Twestival” – the volunteer-run, charity fundraising events for people who know each other through the micro-blogging service The Abu Dhabi event will take place on 11th of September 2009 to raise funds for Abu Dhabi based Future Centre for special needs.

The first 24 hour “‘tweet-up’ with a social conscience” inspired thousands and raised $250,000 for clean water charity, charity: water, and the next event Twestival Local, looks to be even bigger. Twestival Local again gives every city in the world the chance to hold their own Twestival, but this time they can run their events anytime between the 10-13th September 2009, and choose their own local charity. Twitter users in Abu Dhabi chose Future Centre and additional details of which you can see at

Volunteer teams in Abu Dhabi and cities across the world are now coming together to survey their communities, nominate causes, plan events, gather sponsors and raise funds. Abu Dhabi Twestival organiser Tarek Kassar said “We’re so excited about the next Twestival in Abu Dhabi, it will be our first, but we are working with our great team of volunteers and sponsors to raise funds for Future Centre. We’re hoping to see lots of Abu Dhabi Tweeple coming along to have an amazing time with us and generate lots of cash and awareness!  ”.

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Tarek is the founder and chief researcher at Youngberry, a youth research and marketing firm dedicated to the region. Tarek founded and previously worked as Manager at Flip Media (Interactive Agency), (Job Site) and Consulting House Qatar (Consulting firm). He is researcher and writer on internet & disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and youth culture.