One week after the event and I am still in awe of what the team has achieved and the support that we received from the community and local businesses. It has been a fantastic roller coaster ride for the whole team at Twestival Auckland 2011. Twestival Auckland manage to raise $4100 in one night to donate to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal. Not bad for a group of people who have never used twitter before much less organized an event on this scale.
The money will go into the 2 grants set up by New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission which was established for people affected by the
Emergency and Hardship Grant:
The New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission will offer an Emergency and Hardship Grant for people living in their homes without power or water or sewerage, or people forced to leave their home because of damage or because they have no water or power or sewerage.
$10,000 for the immediate family of confirmed decease
Source: Earthquake Grant http://www.redcross.org.nz/earthquakegrant
We know that money will be put to good use and will hopefully ease the suffering of those who were hit the hardest by the earthquake.
I am very proud of the team and we definitely made an impact on the
This event would not have happened without the support of our sponsors, volunteers, performers and the committee members and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was a part of Twestival Auckland 2011. I don’t think I am able to cover all the wonderful things that the volunteers and supporters had helped us with on the day of the event but I am sure as hell going to try!
A big thank you to the committee members who spent a lot of their time and effort on this event:
Bronson Chin @b0ngkers
Carmen Loo @loocarmen
Cynthia Healey @cynnikawaiidayo
Ferren Wong @ferrenwg
Joanne Cheong @JOANN3_C
Joey Sim @JoeyEbiko
Tania Ang @MissTMA
Ying Swan @gooeykablooie88
Testimony to the efficiency of the stage hands, we started half an hour late and anticipated that the set up between sets would compound on that. However, the change of sets were done so smoothly and efficiently that we were actually running ahead of schedule. Craziness!
A big hug and thank you to:
* Special mention to Daniel, Collin and Benji for helping us set up during the day. Carrying all those sofas like the big strong men that you are ;)
Any event that has alcohol in the equation should have ample security on board to ensure the safety of the public. We definitely had that and our security personnel were very impressive. All of them look mighty intimidating in their all black ensemble. It helped that they were all big and burly and definitely put off any would be mischief makers.
Thank you very much to:
We had volunteers who were working as security and runners (heavy lifting and ensuring the event was running safely). They were handsomely decked in hi-res vest kindly sponsored by Amere Safety.
Many thanks and good karma to:
Chee Yen Phua
Few people could resist the front desk team as they cajoled attendee’s to part with their money and all for a good cause! The front desks were also in charge of ensuring the overall cleanliness of the venue during the event. They were the face of the event and help set a professional but friendly tone to our event.
Hugs and kisses to:
* Special mention to Felicia who help us set up and stayed till the very end. Truly a dedicated volunteer.
What would this event be without our lovely sponsors who were more then happy to be a part of Twestival Auckland.
From the day that Ferren @ferrenwg approached Stuff for sponsorship to the day of the event Stuff have been most accommodating and helpful. Not only did they give us advertising space on their wildly popular website (85 million hits in February alone) they also gave us valuable advice throughout the process. Special mention to Hayley Collins for her assistance (I’m sure Ferren bugged the hell out of you) and Fei Bian Goh for his insightful ideas and comments.
519 Event Centre http://www.519.co.nz/
What would our event be without a venue? After searching for a venue for almost a week we finally manage to find one that was not only available but were willing to hire it to us for free. They did charge us for sound and lighting services but we are very grateful that they were willing to take on board a little know organization to host an event at their venue. They really helped us out in a bind and we are very grateful. Many thanks to Cecilia who was our contact at 519 Event Centre. We would also like to thank Monday who was our main sound and light person for the night.
Indigo Moon Productions http://www.indigomoon.co.nz/
Twestival Auckland official videographer for 2011. It was a pleasure working with Vanessa on our video that is currently in the running for best video at Twestival Global. She also came to cover the event and was there from the time we set up till the end of the event. Vanessa has an eye for detail and special moments and I know her coverage of the event is going to make it look spectacular!
Snap Me Photography http://snapmephotography.com/
Our official photographer for the night and one of our main sponsors. Zhi covered the event with the help of his friend Vincent. They took photos of everything and everyone at the event. I can’t wait to see photos and if it’s anything like our team photo then it’s going to be fantastic!
* It was great to see professionals hard at work. However, it was inspirational and humbling to know that all this was done for free to support the Twestival Auckland 2011.
$1000++ worth of gifts was definitely the crowd puller when we were selling the raffles and tickets leading up the event. This would have not been made possible without the wonderful support of ZA and Shiseido. Getting the ‘ok’ from
* Special mention to Amy Huang for being so accommodating and wonderful to work with.
Bachcare is another sponsor who whole heartedly embraced and supported Twestival Auckland and was more then happy to sponsor us a prize for the raffle draw and what a prize it was! Bachcare sponsored a 3 day 2 night weekend gate away and it was one of the main attractions for the night. We sold a lot of raffles to people who wanted to win this prize. Even one of our committee member Ken bought $100 worth of raffles to see if he could win it. He didn’t get it and the person who did win shared with us that she had spent $60 alone on raffles. It was great to see active participation by the crowd regarding the raffles as everything would be going to Red Cross.
* Special mention to Natalia who made it so easy for us to work with Bachcare!
Graphix Explosion http://www.graphix.co.nz/
Twestival Auckland approached Graphix Explosion Auckland late into the game but the owner Craig Devlin was very supportive and sponsored us not one but two banners for the night! He covered the cost for the printing and the materials and made sure we had the banners by Thursday. Thank you very much to Graphix Explosion!
Living Tea http://www.livingtea.co.nz/
Living Tea is an up and coming company to look out for. They were more then happy to sponsor 2 gift packs for the raffles. The gift packs were beautifully packed and had everything a tea lover would need. Living Tea was also one of the main attractions during the night and many raffles were bought in hopes to win the coveted gift packs.
* Special mention to James and Marie for being such wonderful sponsors.
Costume Magic http://www.costumemagic.co.nz
Costume Magic were a joy to work with. They were very accommodating and supplied us the costumes for our team photo (we had hope to win this competition but this went very deservingly to KK Twestival). Costume magic also sponsored us the second time around when we needed a costume to attract the crowds to our booth. We hired a green dinosaur which was the star attraction and received many lovely comments and hugs from the public. Thank you Costume Magic!
Popular Dino of the Day!
New Gum Sarn
A sponsor with a big heart Jason was very receptive when we approached him to be a supporter for the event. We wanted to show our appreciation to the performers and volunteers but did not have the funds to do it and New Gum Sarn came to the rescue! A big thank you to Jason owner of New Gum Sarn for sponsoring all the bottled water and snacks for the volunteers, staff and performers.
Special thanks to our other sponsors:
A big shout out to the performers that performed at Twestival Auckland 2011. Without them it would have been another boring fund raising night. The crowd loved the performances and said they did not know that such talented acts were going to be performing. It blew all their pre conceived notions out the window and set a standard for next years Twestival.
What can I say? Cynthia introduced the team to Grace and we were blown away! She totally rocked the national anthem in Maori AND English. It was a rare opportunity to see such talent up-close and personal. The Twestival Auckland team and the public were witness to a special performance. We hope to see Grace on a bigger stage with hundreds of people attending just to see her perform in the near future.
Samutsari Traditional and Modern Performers
When we first approached Virginia who manages Samutsari we couldn’t help but feel touched by the support and enthusiasm she had. She wanted to support our cause. She not only got her group together to perform for us (not 1 but 3 sets!) she also promoted the event within her Filipino community. We, at Twestival Auckland are humbled with the support that this group has given to us. It was a fantastic 3 sets of song and dance. The crowd loves the dances, the costume, the beautiful women and the music. However, my personal favorite would have to be the second set where a trio comprising of a guitarist, a violinist and a singer performed a very beautiful song in Tagalog entitled “Tanging Yaman”
Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steel Band
One of the crowd favourites I can still remember
The band leader Camille had a few kind words to say regarding Twestival Auckland "
The band leader Camille had a few kind words to say regarding Twestival Auckland "Hi Audrey, You guys did a great job yesterday. It was very well organized, right down to the volunteers. Amazing event and preparation! Well done."
Atlanta Fall www.atlantafall.com
Now this band surprised everyone (except my self of course). They blew the house away with their passionate and energetic performances. As I walked past our security I overheard one of the bouncers said how ‘mean’ their performance was (‘mean’ is Kiwi slang for: great, fantastic, wonderful, awesome). I couldn’t agree more to that statement. They just set the stage on fire with their talent and it was great to see such a great act lending their support to Twestival Auckland.
From the AYSB conductor Roderic:
From the AYSB conductor Roderic:
Congratulations on a highly efficient and well organised event. The players were thrilled with the venue and the reception of their playing – “Very easy going.” ; “Casual and friendly.”
It has been a pleasure working with Rod, the dedicated conductor of AYSB. I have never seen this group perform before and they blew me away! I started to tear when they did their first piece called ‘Celebration’. They performed music from Pirates of the
The performers from UMNO were beautiful ladies and all hailing from my birth country
The Nukes www.thenukes.co.nz
Source: The Nukes
A fun and entertaining ukulele wielding trio from out west! I had the fantastic opportunity to see them perform live twice. The first time was during a fundraising that we participated in for Save the Children NZ Haiti Fund. Second time was when they graced our Twestival Auckland event with their presence. The Nukes are well known in the Ukulele community in
*Special mention to fellow tweeps who have help us spread the word for @TwestivalAKL
KK Twestival @KKTwestival for their online support and offering to help whenever they can.
Joanne Diandra Chin @Jodianchin For helping us out on the social media side across the ocean.
Mei Ng @MeiNg for her copy writing genious
Anele Bamber @Serentonin For always retweeting our tweets, giving us words of encouragement and being an awesome person!
Social Media @SocialMedia_NZ For helping us spread the word!
John Lai @IAmJohnLai For coming and imparting on very wise advice and suggestions :)
Joyce Wong @joycethefairy For pasting our link on her wildly popular blog
http://www.twentythirdchoke.com/ For the write up on his blog regarding TwestivalAKL
Chloe Tiff @ChloeTiff For constantly supporting us even though she is in Kota Kinabalu
Last but not least thank you very much to the beautiful people of
God Bless you all.