I am fascinated by social media and what can be achieved using Twitter and facebook. This week in particular it has been invaluable in helping me raise the profile of the 'Dress a Girl' project in lots of different ways. On the advice of a Twitter friend I tweeted Graham Norton about the dresses with a link to my blog. He only went and retweeted it to his 60,000 plus followers!! What a nice man. I have had lots of people contact me on Twitter following the retweet asking how they could help. It was a fantastic way of reaching a much wider audience and just shows the power of the celeb!! I am now on a celebrity stalking twitter mission (that means you Kirsty Allsop!!). I have heard that Graham Norton regularly retweets charity requests. How kind of him. I hope he realises how useful this is to a charity project and how much it can lift your spirits when it happens. Graham Norton you are lovely and WAY better than Jonathan Ross on a Friday night!!
I am also amazed at the power of facebook. This week I made a great contact with someone visiting a school in Uganda In June. They wanted to take a dress for each of the girls in the school and we talked about how nice it would be for the boys to also receive something. I put out a little request on facebook and twitter and before the day was out I had lots of people offering to make shorts. The lovely Pam had made 3 pairs and put up a photograph for me to see by the end of the day! You can see it here. How amazing is it that within minutes I can link up with like minded people who will respond without thinking to a request to help some of the poorest children in the world. People I have never met before. What a marvelous thing the internet and social networking can be!
If anyone fancies making some shorts, we are looking for shorts to fit boys between the ages of 5 and early teens. They can be any colour and most of the boys are slim build. They will be taken out to Uganda in June along with 150 dresses and delivered to a school. You can find out more about the project here.