Yesterday, I turned 26. It was by far the best birthday I’ve had in at least five years, and it wasn’t just because my friend Bonnie made me homemade birthday cookies (see below) or the fact that 30 of my closest friends helped me celebrate into the wee hours of the morning at the classiest joint in all of Los Angeles – The Belmont.
Rather than receiving gifts from my family and friends this year, I asked all my friends and family to donate to charity: water and help me raise enough money to build a freshwater well for a village in Ethiopia.
Did you know that over 1 billion people in the world go without clean, safe drinking water? That to me is just absurd, and considering the wastefulness we contribute to here, I couldn’t find one reason not to do this.
So why was this the best birthday? Well, I was successful! After I raised over $400 through the help of family and friends, CEO and Founder of Mashable.com, Pete Cashmore reached out to me. Not only does Pete share my birthday, but he was also working towards his own goal of raising money for charity: water. Pete and I are both on Twitter. Thanks to his supremely impressive following, he was able to raise over $3,500 in one day. That, in addition to my small but helpful contribution of $400, and with the help of another Sept 18-birthday-Tweeter, Paul Young, we collectively raised enough money to build a freshwater well in Ethiopia. This will provide over 200 people with clean, safe drinking water.
On September 18th 2008, Mashable‚Äôs Twitter followers donated $3536 to Charity:Water, an initiative to build wells in Ethiopia. On the same day, our Twitter friend Paul Young raised a further $637 through his Twitter and Facebook accounts. And Twitter user Sarah Townsend hauled in $400 – that‚Äôs more than $4500, almost exclusively from Twitter, in a single day. With $4000 buying an entire well to supply water to 200 people for 20 years, we can truly call this the “well that Twitter built.”
To fully understand how much this means, take a few minutes to watch this video!
100% of the proceeds fund water projects in Ethiopia.
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