Twestival charity announced

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Organisers of Cornwall Twestival Local have announced that Country Holidays for Inner City Kids – CHICKS will be the official charity for the event, which is due to take place at The Bedruthan Steps Hotel from 7:30pm on Saturday September 12.

As the official charity, CHICKS will receive the full proceeds from all Twestival Cornwall Local tickets sold, as well as proceeds from the auction on the night itself and any additional funds raised at the event.

CHICKS was selected as the official charity after an online vote.  Charitable organisations were able to nominate themselves, or be nominated by others, to be the official Cornwall Twestival Local charity.  The public were then invited to take part in an online vote to select their preferred charity.  CHICKS received more than 500 votes making it the most popular charity and therefore the named charity for the event.

CHICKS provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 8 to 15. They include children in care; those suffering poverty, illness or bereavement; child carers; victims of abuse and crime; and children whose parents are addicts.

CHICKS gives these children a free, fun-filled break in Devon or Cornwall, where they make new friends, enjoy new experiences, grow in confidence, motivation and ambition, and leave with an increased sense of self worth.

In the past five years, CHICKS has helped more than 220 children from Cornwall and the money raised at Cornwall Twestival Local will go towards purchasing games and equipment for the children’s centre, including; a pool table, volleyball stands, netting & balls, 30 pairs of wetshoes, equipment for beach activities and swimming, plus additional equipment for other outdoor team/ball games.

One of the organisers, Aren Grimshaw, Marketing Director at Tonick Media, said:

“We are really pleased to be able to announce CHICKS as the official charity for the event as all the money raised through Cornwall Twestival Local will directly benefit young people in Cornwall.

“I hope that everyone attending the event, and those yet to buy a ticket, see that our event can really make a difference through raising money for this worthy cause. I’d like to encourage everyone to play a part in this event and help us to support CHICKS by buying a ticket, donating an item for the Twestival auction, or making a donation with one of our £15 ‘apology’ tickets.”

The Twestival concept, which started on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, aims to connect people offline at the same time as raising money for charitable causes. Cornwall Twestival Local is being organised by a group of volunteers and is supported by a number of businesses in the County.  Latest sponsors to sign up include, Worldwide Financial Planning, Business Link and St Austell Brewery.

The event, which has a beach-chic theme, will get underway at 7:30pm on Saturday 12 September. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink from St Austell Brewery ahead of a delicious buffet.  The evening’s entertainment will include live music, a DJ and a charity auction, which will feature top items donated by local businesses. Auction items already donated include:

  • A two-night stay at the Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall’s luxury eco hotel
  • Two return flights to any of Air Southwest’s nine year-round destinations
  • A complete hair and beauty package at Mamouchi & The Great Escape in Truro
  • Family Pass to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, for 2 adults and up to 3 children
  • A goody bag and makeover cards from the Body Shop, Truro branch
  • A luxurious, cleansing massage treatment in the new Hammam Room at Bedruthan Steps Hotel and free use of the hydro spa
  • Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children to Newquay Zoo
  • Vocal Master Class and Make Me a Star Recording Session complete with a professionally finished CD with Vikki St Leger, a professional vocal performance coach

Tickets are priced at £20 per person and are available from http://www.amiando.com/twestivalcor.html.

Guests attending the event will also be eligible for discounted room rates at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel.  Double and twin rooms are available for £55 pppn bed and breakfast from 11-13 September 2009.

A range of local companies have already pledged to sponsor Cornwall Twestival Local. Businesses already signed up to sponsor the event include: Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Business Link, Deborah Clark Associates, Niddocks Internet Marketing, PFA Research, Radix Communications, Scarlet Hotel, St Austell Brewery Tonick Media, Worldwide Financial Planning and UKNetWebPR4Photos will be the official photographers for the event.

Business interested in donating an item for the auction should contact either Laura McKay or Shelley Fletcher at Deborah Clark Associates on 01208 77900.

For more information, or to buy a ticket, please visit: http://cornwall.twestival.com/ To keep up to date make sure you follow Cornwall Twestival Local on Twitter on @TwestivalCor.