It was a random tweet in 2010 that got South African Twitter thinking. Melanie Minnaar wrote: “What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket to the poor.”
And it kind of started a revolution — the Twitter Blanket Drive was born. Since then, once a year, people of Twitter gather to collect blankets that are then donated. It’s that time of the year again.
My first #TBD was in Johannesburg in 2011. I was there for a work training course and ended up going to the event up there instead of in Durbs. It was one of the coolest evenings of all time, and the fact that we were doing something good made it even better. Since then, I’ve donated blankets in Durban in 2012, and even though I was out of town last year, gave my donation through the lovely Tracey Chenanie.
On Thursday evening we have the opportunity to, again, get together with very cool people and do some good. And there might even be a drink or two involved, even though it’s a school night.
Get yourselves to the Protea Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, at 6pm on Thursday. Your entrance fee is a blanket. Nothing more, nothing less.
If you can’t make it, for whatever reason, you can also drop off blankets at St Clements in Musgrave, Spiga d’Oro in Florida Road, as well as at the Protea Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge. And the awesome people at Uber cabs are also offering to PICK UP YOUR BLANKETS FOR FREE.
So now there really is no excuse…
For more info, log on to the #TBD2014 blog for details of events and drop-off spots in your city.