Capetonians came with a superhero effort over the weekend in the Twitter Blanket Drive when they broke the record for blanket collection of last year in a much shorter time frame, this year. Last year, 1 600 blankets were collected via Twitter in a three-month period. This year the campaign was just over three weeks long and more than 1 600 blankets were collected. Various teams were collecting blankets for a range of non-governmental organisation (NGOs).
The Cape Town CBD team for #FollowSA was organised by Merentia van der Vent who also acted as liason for the blanket collection drive in the Mother City and the Western Cape as a whole.
*The Cape Town CBD team, collected more than 1 200 blankets Saturday at the Fire & Ice Hotel in Tamboerskloof. The hotel was the official drop-off venue for the campaign. The hotel also provided people who donated a blanket, with a milkshake voucher.
The support team at the hotel was volunteers from Twitter who goes by the name @HashTagCrewZA. The HashTagCrewZA assisted at the door welcoming guests, informing the guests about competitions and the carrying of blankets as donated by guests.
The Fire & Ice Hotel’s beneficiary for some of the blankets is Foundation Backbone, an organisation that does empowerment, outreach and support work in Atlantis.
The FollowSA main beneficiary is Operation Shoebox that represents 55 children charities and more than 15 000 children. They will also assist an old age home in Khayelistha with blankets. FollowSA is an online community encouraging South Africans to network online to create communities offline.
*In Somerset-West, Wayne Mongie lead Team Helderberg and collected 49 blankets. This was donated to a local child abuse centre, Patch Helderberg.
*In George, Jacqui Mackway-Wilson got her team to collect 40 blankets for Thanda Jesu which has various community outreach programs in the area.
*In Knysna, who also joined the drive for the first time this year, Renèe de Bruyn had 24 blankets donated and many bags full of clothes. Residents at the Loeriehof and Vermont old age homes are to benefit.
During the campaign, social networkers tweeted people they know and those unknown to them, to donate blankets to the cause. There was also a generous donation from Puma South Africaca of more than 250 blankets.
*Refers to the amount of blankets collected at various points in Cape Town and the Western Cape.
** For pictures of the event as taken by Peter Herring, refer to www.facebook.com/TwitterBlanketDrive2013CapeTown.