One for the record
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Unspun has a great sense of satisfaction and pride when two of his colleagues with Maverick roots win the Nokia Online Activism Award at Pesta Blogger 2009 yesterday for starting the Coin-a-Chance movement.
The idea started small, in between Hanny Kusumawati‘s and Nia’s many other activities at work and mixing with the online community. It was a simple one – asking everyone to donate their small change to make a difference to the lives of people where a small sum of money may matter.
It asked so little of people that it became popular and soon Hanny and Nia were being invited by many groups who wanted to be part of the movement.
They, often with the help of their Maverick colleagues, began Coin a Chance counting sessions, where they would count the coins that groups of people have placed in glass jars for the cause. It was hard work but they were all fired with a passion and made it all seem look like it was all fun.
Now, with this recognition, the Coin-a-Chance movement will very likely grow even more.
Kudos to Hanny and Nia and Unspun wuld like to think that Maverick had a hand in being a hothouse where their ideas incubated and eventually took flight.
Congrats Hanny and Nia. We’re all proud of you!
Finally, after months of wrangling and lobbying it can be announced officially: Pesta Blogger 2009 will be held at the spanking new SMESCO Indonesia Exhibition Hall along Jalan Gatot Subroto. That’s the building with the spherical durian roof and its one of the few places in Jakarta that can accomodate the 1,000-1,200 participants Pesta Blogger is expecting this year.
The building also has ample rooms for Pesta Blogger’s breakout session so it all looks like we’re in for exciting times.