First Tweetmyride Global Campaign To Raise $1 Million For Charity Via Twitter
VANCOUVER, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- tweetmyride is a Twitter-driven
global charity campaign, created to raise money for 10 charities around
the world in the lead up to Vancouver-based Australian, Gavin Romanis,
participating in the international mountain bike race, La Ruta de los
Conquistadores in Costa Rica from November 11-14, 2009
(www.adventurerace.com) - known as one of the toughest on the planet.
Inspired by Ashton Kutcher and CNN's challenge to gain 1 million
followers on Twitter, and fuelled by the vibrant biking community of
Vancouver, Canada, the basis behind the tweetmyride global campaign is
to encourage global giving to a variety of causes.
Co-founders Leoni Milano and Gavin Romanis integrated these ideas to
create a campaign with global reach, utilizing Twitter to help achieve
their goal to raise $1 million over the 4-month period that runs from
July 30 - November 30, 2009.
"When I realised how gruelling La Ruta de los Conquistadores was
going to be, I knew that I would need more than my own determination to
get me through it - so the idea of doing it to help charities across
the world seemed like the ideal inspiration" says Gavin Romanis, who
has no prior experience in mountain bike racing, but was seduced by the
challenge's combination of travel and outdoor adventure.
Milano and Romanis wanted to create something that would have a
global impact - hence the campaign's tagline: "Twitter has no
boundaries - neither should we". Tweetmyride will demonstrate the power
of social networking and show that contributions - no matter how small
- all help to build something incredibly worthwhile.
The participating charities (including twitter names) being supported in the campaign are:
1. charity: water, USA - www.twitter.com/charitywater 2. First United Church, Canada - www.twitter.com/fucm 3. Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia - www.twitter.com/FredHollows 4. M decins Sans Fronti res / Doctors Without Borders, Canada - www.twitter.com/MSF_canada 5. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Australia - www.twitter.com/NBCFAus 6. Oxfam Canada, Canada - www.twitter.com/oxfamcanada 7. Starlight Children's Foundation, Australia - www.twitter.com/Starlight_star 8. Team Fox for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, USA - www.twitter.com/TEAMFOX 9. The CREAR Association, Costa Rica - www.twitter.com/CostaRicaCREAR 10. World Vision, UK - www.twitter.com/WVUKnews
"There are literally thousands of charities out there doing
incredible work, and we're thrilled to have these carefully chosen
charities on board. For some, this will be their first foray into
experimenting with social networking and they have all embraced this
unique style of fundraising and awareness with keen enthusiasm," says
co-founder Le oni Milano.
Twitter allows each of the charities the opportunity to connect and
communicate on a more tangible level with their followers, donors and
supporters, which in turn helps develop relationships for a deeper
impact. It gives the charities a voice that helps people connect on a
personal level, rather than just being a donor.
The campaign's vision is to also encourage others to hold their own
'tweetmyride' biking events around the world and have family and
friends donate (towards their rides) to the participating charities,
which they can then tweet about.
Donors get to go online to the tweetmyride website and choose which
charity they wish to support from those participating in the campaign.
All donations will go directly to each charity. www.tweetmyride.com /
I just wanted to let you know, TheCircle.org website went live on May 1. I am the Mentor for the Biking Circle.
I will be posting up weekly blog posts and articles on TheCircle.org. Check it out when you get a chance. Visit our forums, read my latest blog posts and articles, ask a question, or just stop by to say hello!
About The Circle TheCircle.org is owned by TheCircle.org LLC. The organization’s mission is to help others find the resources, inspiration and encouragement they need to achieve goals they have set for themselves and to help make their lives more fulfilling. It provides a free service to the public. Its business life is supported by corporate sponsorships and advertising revenues. The mentors who participate in the many circles presented on the site are individuals who are very passionate about their subject matter and who dedicate their time to educate others.
Outdoor Circles The Biking Circle is one of 6 current outdoor circles. Other outdoor circles include sailing, competitive swimming, triathlon, long distance running and hiking. There are currently 43 active circles on TheCircle.org, with additional circles planned for the future.
I just added the Bike Diva blog to the Facebook Blog Network. Hopefully this will get the word out about Bike Diva, and help me find a few more readers.
Here is the link: Bike Diva Facebook Blog.
And here is the link to my personal page on Facebook: Lynn Smythe's Facebook Page.
Takkle is a new social networking site for High School sports. Members can post photos, videos, share stats and schedules, and a whole lot more with others throughout the community. Takkle is a place where students, athletes, coaches, and fans can share their passion for sports.
Takkle isn't just for athletes. Coaches, college recruiters and sports fans, will all find areas of interest on the Takkle network.
Visit the Takkle website and join their social network or find out more information.
How would you like to link to the Bike Diva site? If you have a bike related website we would be interested in trading links with you. Mountain biking, road biking, biking organizations, bike stores, bike manufacturers, biking magazines, vendors selling biking gear and equipment are all examples of sites we would like to trade links with.
There are two ways to link to our site. You can either place a text link to our site or a graphic logo to our site on your page. Once the Bike Diva link has been added to your site, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know. Once we verify the Bike Diva link is on your site we will ad a reciprocal link to your site.
Hello and welcome to the Bike Diva site! This is a brand new blog that is run by a chick that loves to bike.
The Bike Diva
My name is Lynn Smythe and I will be your Bike Diva. We currently have 9 bikes at our house. My kids aren't bike freaks, they only use their wheels to get around the neighborhood. My son has an old Trek clunker which we got at our favorite bike store for only $50. My daughter is currently riding a Townie Electra that she got last year for Christmas.
My husband and I are the bike freaks in the family. He owns a Kona chopper, and three Cannondales - a Cannondale urban bike, a Cannondale mountain bike, and his carbon frame Cannondale road bike.
I only have three bikes at the moment but am thinking about getting an urban bike. I have a Nirve beach cruiser for real casual rides (it has coaster brakes and only 3 speeds and weighs ten tons!). My other two bikes are Cannondales - an awesome mountain bike and my baby, a carbon frame Cannondale Synapse 2 feminine specific road bike.
Cannondale Synapse 2
I'll be posting about mountain biking, road biking, freak biking (chopper bikes, custom built bikes), charity bike ride events, my favorite bike gear and whatever else comes to mind that is related to biking.