2014 Relay Weekend Passes by…

WOW .. just wow!   We had an amazing event in Second Life last weekend.  Yes, the 10th Annual Relay For Life of Second Life event opened at 10am on Saturday July 19th and we had 24 hours of CELEBRATING, REMEMBERING and pledging to continue FIGHTING BACK!

 

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From the first moments, you could feel the excitement and passion in the air as the crowds gathered at the ceremony sims and all along the track for the Opening Ceremony which was full of thank yous, remembrance, dedication and ended with words from Trader Whiplash about his renewed journey and personal fight against cancer.  The audio was streamed over the T1 Streams and filmed and broadcast by the RFL Telethon Team via AView TV.  The volunteers were raring to get on the track and we started as always with the CELEBRATE lap… this is the time we give the track to our heroes – the Survivors and the Caregivers.  These special people are who we all come together and fight for, and they are right there with us!   Our Opening Ceremony went a bit long so we didn’t get to the track until about 11:30am and we fought lag, and sim crossing issues, and sim communication issues as we always do.  We did not have as many sim crashes but instead had those that just stopped accepting the throngs of people moving across the borders.

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At 12:30pm SLT, we asked the Team Members – the Volunteers to join our heroes and start the team appreciation lap.  At 2pm, our theme laps started and throughout the day/evening and through the themes, we saw some funny fun, silly, crazy and happy costumes as the avatars walked around the 8,853M track (equivalent to around 5.5 miles).  At 9pm SLT, we took time to REMEMBER those that we have lost to cancer during the luminaria lap.  Prior to this lap, Relayers are encouraged to donate to the luminaria bags along the track to honor or remember someone.  During the REMEMBER ceremony, the lights are lowered and the glow of the luminarias light the way for relayers as they silently walk or stand in campsites while dedications are read over the audio stream.  Definitely the most emotional time of relay and actually one of my favorites because it very much reminds us why we need to get out here year after year.

 

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Soon after the dedications were completed, the Planning Committee entertained us for an hour for the 10th Anniversary ONE Team lap which was to commemorate the 10th year of RFL in SL!  Special anniversary shirts were created for the lap!  Relayers stayed on the track throughout the night and at 6am SLT, the teams gathered for the FIGHT BACK ceremony!  This year brought a different view of the ceremony with recordings of relayers pledging to fight back in a number of ways and with a chant to get us out on the track to solidify the pledge!  It was a good invigorating way to refresh our journey around the track.

 

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At 10am SLT, all relayers were asked to attend the closing ceremony either at the stage, via the telethon video link or just by listening in from any track location.  The closing ceremony started out with a poem read by Saffia Widdershins and Rik Merlin.  Then we heard from our Planning Committee – Sting Raymaker (ACS Staff Partner); Nikki Mathieson (2014 Event Chair); Dawn Dreamscape and Random Padar (2014 Event Co-Chairs) who shared their thank yous and reflections about the season and weekend.  Sting and Dwen Dooley (2014 Tech Division Chair) presented some amazing numbers from our season that included how many kiosks were rezzed, how many vendors, and even how many Gotya transactions had taken place.  Gem Sunkiller (2014 Internal Support Division Chair) presented her thank yous and the Cancer Education Awareness awards.  Serina Juran (2014 Public Relations Division Chair) was given time for thank yous and presented the Best Theme Decorated Campsite and Inventive and Creative Fundraising Campsite awards.  Then I took the time to thank my amazing Design/Events Division team and also our Mega Events partners.  I was blessed to also announce the new and existing team participation awards.  I got choked up during my presentation…it is always an emotional day and with the fact that I had been awake for over 29 hours by that point, I was just drained.  Dwen then gave his thanks to all  and presented awards for the Designer Sim and Exhibition Campsite.  Sting took back over and presented words of gratitude over the way that the season had been handled and spoke about the success that RFL had seen during Nikki Mathieson’s reign over the two years.  He then went on to announce that the tradition would be carried on by the 2014 Event Co-Chairs would take on 2015 with a strong presence.  Nikki then delivered her closing ceremony thank yous to the committee, the teams, the planning committee, mega events, participants and all.  The closing ceremony then focused on The Empty Table as Sting provided the reading and significance of each item from the table, and the event was closed and it was time for our Victory Lap where the committee stands on the sidelines cheering and greeting everyone as they pass by.  What a weekend, wow!

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Our goal of 401K ($401,000 USD) was met during the night; by the time we held closing ceremony, I think we were up to $406,000 USD.  Today, the total raised for the season is just over $411,000 USD!   The season doesn’t end until Wrap Up which will be held in late August.

During the weekend, it wasn’t just about the walks around the track.  The teams continue fund-raising and educating in and about their campsites.  We had three stages of musical entertainment on the activities regions.  We had Raffle for Relay, Silent Auction, and Snail Races.  And we had s silent auction for Art pieces as well.  Everything just went very well.  The interest in events was great, the camaraderie between the teams was warm, the excitement stayed high and people were dedicated to making a difference and supporting a cause they truly believe in.

Thank you to all that visited, participated, supported, enjoyed, performed, walked, ran, donated, explored, snapped pics, danced, fished, bid, greeted, helped, volunteered, supported, worked, built, designed, and experienced the 2014 RFL of SL event weekend!

 

Keep up with the news on Relay For Life of Second Life through it’s website, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr pages:
Relay For Life of Second Life website

RFL of SL Twitter

RFL of SL Facebook

RFL of SL Tumblr

View Pictures from RFL Weekend and various events

Awards Announced on 7/20

Info about distance and participation

View the replay of telethon footage

 

 

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.. Relay For Life of Second Life – July 19-20, 2014 ..

 

 

 

Sharing the press release for the upcoming event.. it is nearly here!

 

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Get ready for Relay Weekend!
Celebrating 10 years of raising funds for cancer research

(July 13, 2014) In less than two weeks, thousands of Second Life Residents from all across the real globe will join together on July 19 and 20 for the 10th Relay Weekend of Relay For Life of Second Life and celebrate .

“It’s incredible to see how this Relay has grown over the last 10 years,” said Stingray Raymaker, American Cancer Society staff partner. “That first year, 2005, there were 315 Avatars walking the track to bring attention to the importance of cancer research. This year more than 3,000 will take to the track. Come on out and see what has become the largest fundraiser in SL and other virtual worlds.”

Relay Weekend will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 and will feature 24 hours of themed laps, activities and entertainment. The weekend will wrap up with a massive party at 1 p.m. PDT Sunday, July 20.

If you can’t be at the Relay sims, tune in to T1 Radio, at T1radio.com, which will be airing the festivities through Relay Weekend. In addition Aview TV will host a 24-hour telethon during Relay Weekend. The broadcast can be seen at http://www.livestream.com/virtualrfl. A new feature this year will also see Krypton Radio, the Gorean Whip, Best of SL Magazine and SL Live Radio joining as media partners for Relay Weekend.

“We have had an amazing season,” said 2014 RFL of SL Chair Nikki Mathieson. “Our volunteers and supporters have worked hard for four months, proudly carrying our Relay mission forward in the continuation of an astounding journey! I am so excited to open Relay weekend with a fun ceremony and the always inspiring Survivor Caregiver Honor Lap. That celebratory lap kicks off a full 24 hours of Second Life residents Celebrating, Remembering, and Fighting Back. Relay For Life of Second Life has made such an important impact, in Second Life, in 1st Life, across the globe! We are proof that a determined group of people, can join together and do amazing things. We ARE making a difference! Congratulations to each and every person who was involved in this year’s relay and a heartfelt THANK YOU!”

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from March through mid-July. In July, teams build campsites and walk a track, just like in a real world Relay. Over the last nine years, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised more than $2 million for cancer research and is the largest charity event in the virtual worlds. Several thousand volunteers from more than 80 countries participate each year, truly making it a global event.

The Relay For Life of Second Life wiki details the history of Relay For Life of Second Life. Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.

There are many ways to get involved in Relay For Life of Second Life and another way to show your support is through sponsorship. Relay For Life of Second Life is proud to have the following as premier sponsors: RGF Estates, Roses & Thorns Skins Inc., Wild Kajaera, Sol Existence and United Realms of the Archipelago. Other sponsorships are available; please contact the PR/Outreach Division more details.

Another way to get involved is through rezzing Relay For Life event boards and kiosks at your establishment or land. Contact Serina Juran for details.

Keep up with the news on Relay For Life of Second Life through it’s website, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr pages:

http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/

https://twitter.com/RelayForLife_SL

http://facebook.com/rflofsl

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/relayforlife-sl

 

 

 

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.. the art of Relay ..

2014 RFL of SL Silent Art Auction

 

 

The 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Design/Events Division is proud to present a Silent Art Auction to benefit Relay For Life of Second Life. The Auction will feature the work from 20+ wonderful photographers/artists of Second Life and will be held on the Activities Regions during the 2014 Relay For Life event.

The Auction will open to the public on July 19th when the RFL of SL regions open. The Auction will close at 1pm SLT on Sunday, July 20th at which time the winning bidders will be determined based upon the highest bid.  100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.   Landmarks will be provided closer to the event day.

This Silent Auction takes place during our 2014 Relay For Life event so there will be upwards of 3,000 avatars milling about as they take to the track to experience all the builds along the track.  In addition there will be entertainment on the Activities regions with DJs, Live Musicians, Productions, Snail Races, other Auctions and Raffles, along with Team Merchant Areas.

The SL photographers/artists that plan to participate include:

Awesome Fallen
Blue Six
Bryn Oh
Darys Laine
Domitalia Jinx
Fingol GreyHaven
Hezekiah Jouvenet
Jewell Wirefly
Journey McLaglen
Kayleigh Lavender
Lam Erin
Max Romero
Miles Cantelou
Murdock “Doc” Beningborough
Rhea Choral
Rose Arisen
Sare Ethaniel
Serei Guena
Silvermoon Fairey
Wildstar Beaumont

 

Thank you to all that are participating!!

 

*If you would like to participate and donate a piece to be auctioned for this charity event, please contact Sunshine Zhangsun before July 14th*

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