Wednesday, May 25, 2011


You've seen the hash tag, you've seen tweets about it but what exactly is #TBD? Everyone uses twitter for a purpose, whether its to vent your frustrations, share your thoughts or just as a pass time chatting to like minded folks, so with everything there is a chance to give something back. Since I spend most of my life time on twitter, I decided to get involved with this cause. Basically the Twitter Blanket Drive is a yearly event, which was started by @melanieminnaar last year and gives users the chance to go to specified locations around the country and donate a blanket for the less fortunate before the winter months roll in, this years being on the 4th of June. In exchange for the blanket one was rewarded with a cup of coffee and the chance to mix and mingle with other twitter users.

I was approached last year by @NevinSP to help photograph the event that was being hosted at Vida E, in Gateway, unfortunately due to family commitments I couldn't make it hence this year I'm throwing my weight (which is alot) behind the campaign, along with fellow Durban tweeters @waewest, @askashe, @lizlaughalot, @madammichelle & @coaxel. Although last years turn out was great, this year we're aiming to make it bigger and better with more venues, more sponsors and more importantly more time for you to make your drop off, meet and great with people doing the same.

The event will be held nationally so for more keep visting the website and search for the #TBD hashtag on twitter. That way if you want to get involved you can easily find more info on where your nearest venue is. As usual the 3 main cities have a little competition going on to see who can collect the most blankets but essentially the main winner is people who get these blankets. South African winters can get harsh as I found out last year during my visit to Joburg while the World Cup was on, so I cant imagine how the less fortunate survive with hardly much.

The venues for Durban are as follows:
  1. 9am-12pm : I Heart Market - DLI Hall, Marriot Road, Greyville.
  2. 11am-4pm : Luna Rossa - Gateway, Outside fountain food court (next to Primi)
  3. 4.30pm - 8pm: Livingstons Gastro Pub - Glenore Center, Glenashley (Join us to watch the rugby)
How can one help?
  • look out for tweets marked with the #TBD tag and RT.
  • spread the word to anyone you know that wants to help out.
  • come to any of the venues around the country on the 4th of June with a blanket.
At the end of the day its all about giving something back to the less fortunate, we're aiming to make this the biggest #TBD event to date, so help achieve this by popping down to any of the given venues with a blanket and join in on the fun of giving.

A big thank you to our sponsors that have come in so far: Williams Hunt, ABSA, SAPPI, CAR Magazine, FHM Magazine, TBWA, Paton Tupper, and all of the tweeters that are helping spread the word.

Hope to see you on the 4th! and if you are participating, don't forget to use the #TBD hash tag!

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