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The children charity Plan International has launched a campaign to promote their annual ‘Because I Am a Girl’ charity. The campaign has originally been started by the charity organisation to end gender’s inequality, promote their rights and help millions of them to get out of poverty. Plan International has promoted their campaign with the help of Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness as well as encouraging everyone to sign a petition to make 22nd September the ‘International Day of the Girl’.
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Being one of the most influential people in the world can have a massive impact to a charity. Lady Gaga’s online status is incredible: she is one of the very few who has amassed over 1 billion views on YouTube. She is nearing the 40 million mark on her Facebook page, and she is the most followed person on Twitter with over 11 million followers. So you can imagine how useful she would be to promote charities.
Most of us are lucky enough to not have to experience any form of natural disasters yet we the news is filled with tragic stories when mother nature struck at its full force. On April 27th 2011, dozens of tornadoes have swept across the Southern United States causing millions of dollars worth of damages. Whilst this was all going on, a women called Patty has created a Facebook Page “Pictures and Documents Found After the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes” and it is created in a bid to reunite the survivors with their sentimental and precious belongings back to its rightful owners.
It may sound a little bit weird when you think about celebrities giving up their daily tweets to help a charity. Surely it’s the other way round, where celebs actually encourage their massive followers to raise awareness and donate to charities instead. But this is a clever idea thought of by Alicia Keys to help raise money for her foundation ‘Keep A Child Alive’; a charity which provides health, support and love to families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. A host of stars such as Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Usher, Alicia Keys and many more have ditched the digital media on World Aids Day to get people aware of this problem that is particularly the nations of Africa and India.
With many people using their influence and online presence to help charities, social media guru Billy Dec is one of those people. A couple of years ago, Billy Dec has launched the website aChicagoThing.com, an blog which looks at the arts, entertainment and cultural aspect of Chicago. On its anniversary, he had thrown a social media party and raise money for charity. With the help of his “friends” and “followers”, he is hoping to take advantage of his mass followings to raise money for The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Back in March 2011 was World Poopin’ Day, a day where you can poop on your friends to raise awareness. It’s a clever way of mixing social media with health and sanitations which many people suffer from. In the Internet lingo, poopin’ can refer to abusing your friends Twitter or Facebook when they have left their phone or online account logged in and unattended. The other aspect of poopin’ obviously regards to the waste which around 2.6 billion people have to deal with.
The well-known Charity: Water is a “non-profit organisation which provides clean and safe drinking water in developing nations” who have made use of social media to promote their cause and raise awareness. Water is one of the biggest thing in the world which we all take for granted. It is the single most important necessity in life yet there are millions of people across the globe who does not have access to this.
Back in February 2011, Amanda Rose was organising the the upcoming major social media charity Twestival on 24th March 2011. Twestival is described as an international Twitter festival and it is a campaign which uses social media for good cause by bringing communities together to support the causes. There are two main campaigns; Twestival Global where the communities just the one cause, or Twestival Local in which local communities work together to help support the local causes.
You may wonder what this is all about? I mean why would you give away your massively followed Twitter account to charity? A couple of years ago, a German web designer Christian Rubarth had decided to do just that. Entitled @999999followers, Christian had set himself a challenge of raising this amount of followers from scratch and the tweeters can then decide which charity should he should donate the account to.
According to report by nfpSynergy, the research specialist for non-profit organisations, British Legion charity has been voted the best UK charity with the largest social media presence. This applies to the charity organisation’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. British Legion is the leading charity which provides social, emotional and financial supports to those who have or is currently the British armed forces.