Cape Town – #TBD2016 DROP OFF CALENDER

FEBRUARY 2016

Saturday 27 February – Zuriah’s Birthday #TBD2016 Drop off

 

MARCH 2016

Tuesday 15 March – Jacqui Cooks #jaxshop101 Social Media Workshop – First Diamonds, 33 Bree Street, 5.30pm to 7pm

Friday 18 March – Claudia Klaase’s event

Thursday 31 March – Jacqui Cooks #jaxshop101 Social Media WorkshopVOICES CLUB, 115 De Waterkant, 5.30pm to 7pm

APRIL 2016

Monday 04 April – Launch of Campaign – pls tweet #TBD2016 furiously

Saturday 23 April  – @GrootConstantia Blanket Drop Off – FREE R45 winetasting

MAY 2016

Saturday 21 May – @GrootConstantia Blanket Drop Off – FREE R45 winetasting

Thursday 26 May  – EVENT NIGHT (finalization of Campaign)

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Twitter Blanket Drive Hashtags For 2016

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Official Hashtag #TBD2016 

Official Handle @TBDAfrica

Cape Town @merentia

Johannesburg @serenacg

Pretoria @khanyisakn

Durban @fredfelton

West Coast @westcoastwaySA

 

#twitterblanketdrive – A support hashtag, to be used for explanatory purposes, when asked what TBD is.

 

#Blanketeer – Everyone involved in donating a blanket to the drive is called a blanketeer.

 

#BlanketAmbassador – High profile supporters of the TBD movement

 

#BlanketBash – Any event/party/function that collects blankets

 

#BlanketElves & #BlanketFairies – People who help out during the campaign & on event night.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Help to keep Cape Town and South Africa warm this winter

The social media movement, Twitter Blanket Drive has called on Capetonians, to volunteer and to help collect blankets for NGO’s in the Peninsula.

 

The campaign, that started 7 years ago on Twitter is run exclusively by volunteers who give up time & effort to collect blankets, for organizations, thus helping to take some fundraising pressure off these organizations.
Capetonians on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram have been supporting the campaign the past 7 years by tweeting people and companies to support the campaign.

 

Last year more than 1 600 blankets were collected at the Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town and distributed to 20 NGO’s. This year a new target of 3 000 blankets have been set.

 

To nominate,a registered NGO, send an e-mail to mvdvent@gmail.com

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Contact person: Merentia van der Vent, national co-ordinator & Cape Town #TBD2016 host

Mobile: 074 181 7899

Additional info: https://twitterblanketdrive.wordpress.com/ (being updated presently)

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Host a #TwitterBlanketDrive event in your town

The social media campaign, Twitter Blanket Drive has called on South Africans, to help collect blankets for NGO’s, ahead of the cold, wet winter. The annual #TwitterBlanketDrive AKA #TBD2016 kicks off on Monday 4 April 2016.

The duties of a host/hostess include finding a local blanket drop-off zone. This can be a restaurant, coffee shop, hotel and work office. Then volunteers must ask companies, family, friends & colleagues to donate blankets.

If in a town, blankets must be collected before or on Saturday 21 May. A representative must receive the collected blankets on Saturday 21 May. Photos must be taken to document and send through to the co-ordinator.

If the TBD happens in a city, the last day for blanket donations is Thursday 26 May 2016. Representatives of NGO’s will then receive the blankets on the night and photos must also be taken to document later on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, who received the blankets.

The campaign, that started 7 years ago on Twitter is run exclusively by volunteers.

Last year more than 1 600 blankets were collected at the Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town and distributed to 20 NGO’s locally.

To become involved send a tweet to @merentia or e-mail mvdvent@gmail.com before 1 April.

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Contact person: Merentia van der Vent, national co-ordinator & Cape Town #TBD2016 host

Mobile: 074 181 7899

e-mail: mvdvent@gmail.com

Additional info: https://twitterblanketdrive.wordpress.com/ (being updated presently)

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Cape Town – Where #TBD2015 blankets went…

WHERE #TBD2015 BLANKETS WENT:

 

OPERATION SHOEBOX (hand out obo #TBD2016)

 

Shack Fire Victimns (Hout Bay Rotary) 40
LEAP School Community (Hout Bay) 60
Lavender Hill Elderly Care 30
Newlands Rotary Community Project (Khayelitsha) 50
Cape of Good Hope Community Project – Masiphumele   70
Tippy Toes (works in Atlantis & Melkbosstrand areas) 200
Kimberly Rose 350
Bizweni School for the Disabled 50
Anna Foundation, Stellenbosch 100
Iris House Children’s Hospice, Belville 60
Somerset West Homeless Shelter (Duvets) 5
Sandy – Masikhule Childcare 35
Total Blankets 1050

 

 

WORLD CHANGERS (hand out obo #TBD2016)

Abaphumeleli, in Litha Park, Khayelitsha                                   50

Masibathande Seniors Project, Mfuleni & Khayelistha             162

Total Blankets  1262

 

 

Wellness Warehouse (hand out obo #TBD2016)

Goedgedacht Trust for rural children                                   40

Total Blankets 1302

 

Fire & Ice Hotel (hand out obo #TBD2016)

Baphumelele, Khayelitsha                                                       100

NOAH (Catholic Welfare and Development agency)         100

Total Blankets  1502

 

Table Bay Hotel Blankets

The Early Education Centre, Smartie Town, Cloetesville           35

Total Blankets         1537

 

 

Voice Of The Cape (redirected to Shoebox as per request)

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre                                                41

Total Blankets 1578

 

 

American International School of Cape Town via Marna Strauss

Rural Child in Diep Rivier                                                           25

Total Blankets    1603

 

 

#TBDChampions (donates annually since 2013)

Puma South Africa                                                                                                      = 300+

Staffers Woolworths Financial Services offices Observatory via @mrcoert = 100+

#TeamGino via @wafsickle                                                                                        = 100+

 

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Cape Town – Where #TBD2014 blankets went…

The #TBD2014 blankets donated to Operation Shoebox were distributed as followed:

Bizweni (children) – 80

Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust – 50

Homeless (Kenilworth, Claremont & Wynberg) – 100

CHOC (children) – 50

Cheshire Homes (120 disabled adults, 10 children) – 130

Kimberly Rose (450 children & 50 adults) – 500

FV Community (200 elderly & children) – 200

Tippy Toes (adults & children) – 400

DARG Hout Bay (soiled, torn blankets) – 46

Bosom Buddies (baby blankets) – 27

Lavender Hill Elder care (elderly) – 70

Inzama Yethu (elderly, adults & children) – 250

 

Collected from Fire and Ice By Operation Shoebox Volunteers On The Saturday Post Event – 1753

 

Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (87 as donated by Ackermans)

Pebbles – 102 blankets (R5 000 donation from an anonymous #TBD2014 supporter)

Anna Foundation (children, Stellenbosch)- shoes (R5 000 donation from an anonymous #TBD2014 supporter)

 

ADDITIONALLY – 400 blankets were diverted from above Operation Shoebox charities as asked by some members, to the people of Lwandle, whose homes were destroyed. In the SABC story covering the news event, Operation Shoebox alerted me to people standing behind the speaker on TV, holding #TBD2014 blankets!! (Well done, Cape Town)

 

Heaven’s Nest (not an Operation Shoebox organization received 20 blankets.)

 

Collected Up Till 2 Weeks After The Event by Merentia: (All Delivered To Shoebox Representative)

About 50/60 blankets from Madame Zingara Head Office

10 From a supporter at the Pick n Pay Head Office

24 blankets collected from the Twitter South Africa Networking Functions in Johannesburg & Cape Town

 

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Twitter Blanket Drive 2016      

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Since 2010, the Twitter community in South Africa has been moved by compassion and has engaged the social media platform to collect blankets for some of the country’s most vulnerable people. Over the past 6 years, thousands of blankets have been collected in the weeks leading up to winter to provide some relief and, of course, warmth to those in need.

 

“For us as a Twitter community, social responsibility is a serious business,” says Merentia van der Vent, the national co-ordinator and Cape Town host  for the Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD). “As winter’s bite fast approaches, we are aware that charities are under a huge amount of pressure to meet the demand for blankets. In today’s digital world, we have the power to make significant change, in the area of social development, harnessing the power of social media.”

The TBD started 7 years ago, in 2010, as a single tweet by Melanie Minnaar, as she contemplated the cold winter ahead and in true Twitter style, tweeted the following thought: “what if each person on Twitter donated a blanket?”

Since then, the TBD movement has exploded and now has a national footprint with campaign drives taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and the West Coast. Previous years it was also held in Bloemfontein, East London, George, Knysna and Mossel Bay and countries like Zimbabwe & Namibia. This year the official hashtag is #TBD2016.

Last year, the Instagram community in South Africa, also supported the #TwitterBlanketDrive and collected blankets on their #Instawalks across the country. South Africans are also asked via Facebook to donate blankets.

In today’s fast paced world, using social media to increase community awareness is not only smart, but essential. According to the founder of the campaign, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive has injected a true sense of community into the South African Twittersphere, as the number of Twitter users involved with the TBD has grown exponentially since 2010. Tens of thousands of blankets have over the years been donated, to those in need.

For more information or to become involved in this year’s drive, please visit twitterblanketdrive.wordpress.com (this site is being updated at this present time)  To become a host or for any other information, contact Merentia van der Vent on: +27 74 181 7899 or email mvdvent@gmail.com or on Twitter @merentia

 

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The tweet that started it all for #TwitterBlanketDrive

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What the ffff is this #TBD2015 all about?

What the ffff is this #TBD2015 all about?.

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Official Drop-Off Zones for Cape Town for #TBD2015

Fire & Ice Hotel in New Church Street, Tamboerskloof in the CBD – @FireAndIceCT (Also the Host Venue for 28 May Function)

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Charly’s Bakery at 38 Canterbury Street in District 6 – @CharlysBakery @iCaptainCupcake

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Voice of the Cape studios at 2 Queens Park Avenue in Salt River  –  @VOCfm @Zahrah_

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Love Pilates studio, at 4 Windell Street in Durbanville – @LovePilatesCT

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Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay, at 153 Empire Avenue, in Hout Bay (021 790 4457) – @Robyn_Smith @wren_tweetz

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Anywhere in the Peninsula – @PicUpSA  Tweet them to find out where their drivers are to pick up blankets.

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PLEASE NOTE:

Anyone that can’t drop a blanket at the hotel, for whatever reason, from now, till 28 May à @PicUpSA will gladly pick up your blanket(s) in the Peninsula, 24 hours a day, and drop it at the Fire & Ice Hotel for you. This is a free service for Cape Town #TBD2015 tweeters only!!!

Thank you @PicUpSA  @asherjustin @antonbruniZA

Mini-Blanket-Drives:

Office staff of Woolworths in Observatory via @mrcoert

Office collection via @andremisrole @ampedagencyampedsupports tbd2015

Office collection via @missy_kell

Office collection via @haybre

Office collection @ColorScreenZA in Puma Street, in Paarden Eiland via @ElkeBrinkZA

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Office collection for Wellness Warehouse via @wellnews

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School collection via @blu3yy

School collection Carnegie House Montesorri School via @ElkeBrinkZA

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Birthday party function bring blankets via @themandyex

Family, friends & colleagues collection @wafsickle

Possible additional drop-off zones (in needed):

Pinelands @banzaimatai

Seapoint @travelopulent

Green Point @clarencesdb

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