Posted by Paull Young | Posted in charity: water, Internet, Life | Posted on 15-09-2012
September 2, 2008, 5.30pm I read a tweet that changed my life — here it is:
have ab=day in Sept? Forgot gifts. help fund wells in Ethiopia http://tinyurl.com/6n7fbw
— Beth Kanter (@kanter) September 2, 2008
Beth Kanter tweeted about ‘giving up’ September birthdays for clean water. I remember clicking through to the borninseptember.org website, watching a great video, and setting up a fundraising page to help build a well for a village in Ethiopia.
@kanter thanks for the Sep Birthday charity tip, I’ve just signed up http://www.charitywater.org/birthdays/fundraiser/sept/view/1472
— Paull Young (@paullyoung) September 2, 2008
To my surprise, lots of people gave! A popular new blogger by the name of Pete Cashmore started fundraising for his September 18th birthday too, and we raised enough to fund ‘the well that Twitter built‘.
charity: water became my favorite charity. Two years later I started working there. Two and a half years further on, and I’m giving up yet another September birthday for clean water — and I’d love your donation.