Twestival Victoria 2011 Raises $7,700 for Cool Aid

March 31, 2011 – $7,700 was raised by the good people (tweeps) who attended this year’s Twestival Victoria at the Bengal Lounge. The money will be used to purchase five new computers, a screen and a printer for public computer and Internet access at the Downtown Community Centre and also to provide nutritious lunches for 45 women at Sandy Merriman House for five weeks. Thanks so very much to the organizers and donors!!!

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Twestival Victoria 2011 – We want to thank you all for nominating so many of the amazing charities that can be found here in Victoria.  Our decision was very difficult, as there were so many deserving candidates.

After much discussion and deliberation, we chose to nominate the Victoria Cool Aid Society as the beneficiary of the funds raised for Twestival 2011.  Every dollar from ticket sales and donations will go directly to support two Cool Aid programs: public access computers and lunches for the women at Sandy Merriman House.

When: Thursday, March 24 @ 7-11 pm
Where: Empress Hotel – Bengal Lounge
Why: Meet social media aficionados, have fun, raise $$$ for Cool Aid

Support Public Access Computers & Internet

Public access computers and Internet allows people who are homeless and marginalized to stay in touch with friends, family and prospective landlords and employers. We have computers at three sites (Downtown Community Centre, REES Program for mental health and employment, and the new Rock Bay Landing emergency shelter). The funds from Twestival would be used to purchase new computers, new internet accounts, new software, and new hardware for the people we serve.

Here are some examples of costs to replace the very old computers with new equipment:

  • Software for a new computer – $75
  • Internet Access – $80 per month
  • New screen – $190
  • Public access printer (desktop) – $225
  • New computer – $600
  • Public access printer (network printer) – $1,800

Help Feed Hungry Women

Another possible focus is to help feed the women at Sandy Merriman House emergency shelter – which was the focus of our latest direct email to our supporters. You may have seen the @VicCoolAid Tweets about it:

Last year, Cool Aid provided 225,000 nutritious meals for clients at our shelters, seniors in supportive housing and participants in the Every Step Counts running program. Sandy Merriman House provides 45 women with a healthy lunch each day through their drop-in program, where many women with nowhere to stay have come to depend on the food, showers, laundry, counselling and more.

  • $75 feeds five women with a nutritious lunch for a week
  • $150 feeds ten women for a week
  • $700 provides all the food for all 45 women for seven days
  • $3,000 covers a full month’s food costs

We’re thrilled to be able to work with the amazing tweople here in #YYJ, and we’re proud to be able to support an outstanding charity like the Victoria Cool Aid Society.

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Thank you again to all of the nominees for this year’s event.  Keep working with Twitter, and you never know – maybe next year your charity will be tweeting all about it.