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My little sister was so joyous that James Blunt was coming to Lebanon, to be fair she’s happy when any artists comes to Lebanon even when she does not get to go to the concert. She went to her first ever live performance last month when Shakira was here. I asked her if she saw her from the place they were at , she said when she zoomed in with her camera into the stage she was able to catch a glimpse. Then I asked her if she knew that would happen and that she needed to stand in a crowd of screaming people for hours would she still have went, she said DEFINITELY.

Counting Down to James Blunt supporting Tamanna

So now, as you may have guessed she’s going to the James Blunt Concert on Monday and she’s really excited! She’s counting down the days and today she drew the artwork above to show her excitement and support Tamanna (I think the guy with the glasses is supposed to be James Blunt) .

As you may know, what is amazing about this concert is that it is organized to fulfill a child’s wish, and all the proceeds from the international signer’s concert are also going in support of many other wishes for children with terminal illnesses and improving their quality of life. So all of this is a fantastic international collaboration between Tamanna and James Blunt that enables everyone to help and support either through ticket sales, awareness raising, or simply wearing a white T-shirt.

 

You can also help by:

-Donating on the Tamanna website.

- Like and share Tamanna’s facebook page
- Follow & RT @TamannaLeb

- Raise Awareness about the NGO within your social network.

 

 

Also Check out Mohammad Hijazi’s and Marie Nakhleh’s posts about Tamanna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join us this Friday, December 11th at 8:00 for the screening of Twilight new Moon and tell everyone you know about it.

Your participation is especially important since in order to get a discount we need to get at least 40 people to attend. Additionally, we are asking you to pay an additional 1,000 (making the movie ticket price 11,000) to enable Lebfunrasing to buy more gifts.

As we are getting closer to Christmas, we need all the support we can get, so spread the word to draw smiles.

For additional details on the event checkout funraising.info and RSVP your event attendance at the Facebook Event page.

P.S. If you’ve already seen the movie, just drop by to say hello, show your support and drop off your gift. And if you can’t make it, but still want to help contact Lebfunraising. Gifts will also be collected at the event.

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help fight children's cancer this christmas donaye to ccc

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bowling throw

My friends Social Media Marketing may still be fresh in the Middle East, but Social Media Activism is ON!

This Wednesday you have a chance to attend the first Fun(d)raising event that aims to raise money for buying toys for underprivileged children!

All you have to to is come to Link Antellias (starting 6:30 pm and seeping through) and indulge in bowling, darts, air hockey, arcades…. and much more. But , of course, you can go an extra mile and bring your own toys, which you are willing to part with, as well as craft materials and drawing supplies.

And all the procedes will go to funding Christmas gifts for needy kids. You can RSVP through the Funraising Facebook or Twitter events pages. If you can’t make it, you can still support the cause by Sporting a funraising banner on your site or blog, or donating some new or used toys to the little ones (pick up of the toys will be arranged :) .

But what is really remarkable about Fun(d)raising is the way this initiative has started and grown in literally three weeks, proving that online social activism and collaboration are a reality! Fun(d)raisers are a group of bloggers and other social media natives that came together through social media channels and a very enthusiastic call from Mireille to make it a reality. And anyone can join in and contribute with whatever he does best!

So come and bring your friends with you! If you can’t live without your internet connection, don’t worry, same will be made available on the spot, and you can provide full media coverage! Plus Funraising will be providing complete transparency, through blogging about all the contributions and documenting the donations.

I have been practicing, our swings this weekend, so come and face your fiercest bowling adversary! Would be great to meet all of you guys there!

P.S. I apologize for my online absence, though I am still active on twitter, anything needing creative exertions and work, is proving to be impossible. New developments in my life are emotionally draining, though all well worth it!

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This was sitting in my draft folder for an eternity, I’m gonna just quick post it since the issue was brought up @twitter.

Dunkin Donuts Fire Fighter's campaign

From mid-October until the end of November, Dunkin’ Donuts customers will be able to donate 1,000 L.L. to the Beirut firefighters’ brigade with each purchase of 1 small Dunkalatte or Dunkaccino and 1 Donut. The Beirut Fire Department will use the amount collected to purchase severely needed equipment that will enable them to better save and preserve the environment and thus, to benefit the society at large.  Source : Executive Bulletin

 

Where Dunkin Donuts Fails?

- The guys does not look like a Lebanese Fire Fighter.

- The posters only started appearing recently, while I was stalking shops all of last month to find one.

Lessons to be learned

If you want your campaign to succeed, have images that your audience can identity with.

IF you want a campaign to succeed, campaign in advance agressively.

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As much as I wanted to go to the first Beirut Twestival, I wasn’t able to make it.  Seems like I am missing out on a lot lately. But , as I always say,  everything has its time! So let’s see what I’ve missed.

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Sunset as seen through the eyesTwestival Beirut

As Twestivals worldwide have been raging around the Tweet. Meet. Give moto contributing to local charities, Beirut was on the closing wave ‘Twestivaling’ on  the lucky  13th of September. As Sana Tawileh*, one of the main players in making Twestival Beirut a reality, put it, right after the event in a state of disbeleif and euphoria ( my own sermise) – it went much better than expected (and my liberal quote).

The thing that pleases me most is that , from what I’ve been able to see, throughout the organization & the event, this Twestival had a typically Lebanese flavor: the short time given for set-up, finding ‘the volunteers’, an environmental cause,  a beautiful seaview from Cafe Rawda in Manara, an international movie crew who sponsored media coverage, and tweeps who just showed up last minute… to me this is uniquely Lebanese.

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The Oragnizers: @lucyhanna @onoffbeirut @sanatawileh

While mystery shrouds the actual activities that took place at the Twestival and the number of tweeps who attended(the group photo has over 30) this is known:

- All preparantion were made under a VERY short time-period

- Avatars matched up to real people (this is the most magical part for me)

- A giant screen with a twitter stream was projected and plugins for real time updates were available

- Competitions over sponsor prizes were underway

- All proceeds went to a great cause, one that is being gaudingly overlooked in this country

-And finally Twestival is here to stay!

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Let the games begin
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@FlyingKebab team: @Matheussiq8 @clederperez & @nandoborges who provided the media coverage
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The tweeple on Beirut Twestival

Interested in seeing more of Twestival Beirut?

Anyway, if anyone who was actually there stumbles upon it, I would really like to hear your recollection of the event, so please comment or DM me:) and see you there next year!

[Photos via: Twestival Beirut]

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Please pause for a huge round of applause for this amazingly professional and sweet lady ! I really can’t wait to meet her in real life!

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You may have heard of BETA recently, in the buzz pertaining to the starved Lion Rescue in Lebanon.

Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( BETA) whose mission is to ensure that one day all the animals in Lebanon will get the chance to live the life they deserve because it is their plant too… Through education and direct action, BETA rescues stray and abused animals, while combating abusive pet shops and the illegal trade in wildlife.

Well now you’ve actually got a chance to enjoy yourself and help their cause at Beta’s Annual Gala Dinner. All Details Below.

 

Dine and Dance at BETA’s Annual Gala Dinner
Sursock Gardens
17 September, 2009
 
 

Dear friends,
A prestigious environment, delicious buffet, open bar & wonderful entertainers are waiting for you on September 17th at the Sursock Gardens for BETA’s yearly Gala Dinner. 
Enjoy helping our furry friends by attending this super event. 
 
Remove dresses & suits from your closets to spend a magical night. Your pets will forgive you if you spent just this night without them. After all you’ll be helping their friends.
 
Please go to contact@betalebanon.org to reserve your tickets or call at 03 23 33 82.
 
Thank you.
The BETA Team
 
 
Chers Amis,
Un cadre prestigieux, un délicieux buffet, de superbes animateurs et un bar ouvert vous attendent le jeudi 17 Septembre à Sursock Gardens pour le diner de Gala annuel de collecte de fonds organisé par l’Association BETA (Beyrouth pour le Traitement Ethique envers les Animaux).
 
Aidez nos amis les animaux en assistant à cet agréable événement.
 
Sortez vos robes et costumes de vos armoires pour passer un moment magique pour une cause humanitaire. Vos animaux vous pardonneront de les avoir laissé juste pour cette soirée. Après tout, vous aidez leurs amis.
 
Veuillez réserver vos billets sur le site  contact@betalebanon.org ou appelez le 03 23 33 82
 
En vous remerciant,
L’Equipe BETA
 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

  

Beta Gala Dinner Poster

 

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Cedars Forever is commited to the preservation and reforestation of Lebanon’s cedar reserves to make sure the cedar is not spiralled into existing solely on our flag.  Cedar Nation is their ambitious project that allows individuals  and companies to partake in the upheaval of Lebanon’s natural cedar heritage one tree at a time.

 As a preliminary step, Cedar Nation will be based in Barouk which is the major part of the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve - the biggest, best maintained Cedar forest in Lebanon, home to 3 million Cedars, 524 species of plants as well as a considerable number of birds and mammals.

On a personal level, I was overwhelemed when I learned of this. I already got through the first approval stage, and hopefull soon enough our copmany will be adopting at least one tree in support of our ‘Go Green’ moto.  Additionally, I am very excited to visit the Shouf Natural reserve and will be planning a trip really soon.

Let us hope that others will catch up to this whether it is for patriotic or ecological reasons.

Adopt a Cedar

Adopt a Cedar

  

Adoption Facts
When you adopt a Cedar you receive:

 

  • A membership card
  • An adoption certificate
  • Regular updates on the status of your tree through newsletters and photographs
  • Invitations to Cedars Forever’s private functions and festivities

But adopting a Cedar means much more than that as well.
The knowledge that you are contributing in the reforestation of Lebanese mountains and making Lebanon a greener and healthier place is gratifying enough on its own.

Adoption includes:

  • A 10-year guarantee: If for some reason or other your Cedar does not survive, another one will be planted in its place.
  • Pure breeds: Cedars Forever respects genealogy and only plants true, home grown Lebanese Cedars.
  • Accreditation: All of Cedars Forever’s activities are accredited and approved by the competent authorities.

 

Get involved, visit Cedars Forever website.

Spread the word:)

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