Relay for Life in Second Life 2011

Can you believe it?!?  Only 4 days until the big event!!  On July 16-17, 2011, thousands of Second Life avatars will line the Relay for Life track in our virtual world to celebrate another awesome fund-raising season.  For 24 hours, avatars will make their way along the track through 34 sims, over and over to increase awareness of Cancer, and the need to raise funds for research and other programs.  During the 24 hours, it is a time that to celebrate those that have conquered their bout with cancer, remember those that have succumbed the disease and to encourage those that are in the midst of their battle.  It is an incredible event – moving, enlightening, awakening, etc.

While this event takes place in Second Life, there are Relay for Life events all over the world.  The Relay for Life event is the signature fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society and takes place in over 5000 communities in the US and 20 countries world-wide.  During the 24 hour relay, in every RFL event, there are three traditions that take place.  These help participants Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.  The Celebration is recognized with A Survivor’s Lap, where all those battling and surviving with cancer take a lap while all other participants cheer for them!  Remember is commemorated with the Luminaria Ceremony, during which participants walk the track in silence, remembering all those that have been touched by cancer and those loved ones lost to the disease.  Luminarias (candles lit inside a bag) line the track and each one represents a person being honored or remembered.   Then, Fight Back is a ceremony that allows us all to make a personal commitment to fight back and do what we can to prevent cancer.  During this lap, we make our pledges and encourage all to join us.  The entire Relay for Life in Second Life campaign is a rewarding experience.  The 24 Hours represents that fact that Cancer Never Sleeps…and we all stay on that track as long as we can.

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” – Yoko Ono

The 2011 theme is Seasons of Hope.  The track in Second Life this year is laid out with different sections representing the seasons within a year.  From Winter, to Spring, to Summer and to Autumn… our ever-changing year.  In each section, teams have set up their “campsites” which will be the home base for the weekend.  These campsites should match the seasonal theme and represent the team’s commitment to Relay.  The team campsites are augmented by Designer sims where a known sim creator donates their time and effort to express their creativity and interpretation for Relay.

This will be my fourth Relay in Second Life and while my team, Eternal Beacon, has had a challenging fund-raising year, the core of us stick together through thick and thin and push to make a difference.  In my view, every Linden or Dollar raised, in world or via convio is an important one.  We have been busy building our campsite which is located in the Autumn section.  Our own theme is Harvesting Hope and we have created the Hope Ranch.

We hope that you will join Relay for Life in Second Life this year, and that we see you out on the track!!

Until there is a cure, I Relay!!


*Hope Ranch is located on the RFL Recovery Sim and will be available to all starting on 7/16/2011 and probably just for a few days.  It was lovingly created by Dys Babii, Pinkie Fellini, Sunshine Zhangsun and Dione Kohime.  🙂

Surf for a Cure – Surf Marathon (an RFL of SL Fundraising Event)

This is a busy weekend for Relay for Life in Second Life events with most all teams trying to pull together their final fund-raisers prior to the big finale on July 17/18 – THE RELAY! 

I want to tell you about a fun active event taking place tomorrow (Saturday, July 10th) that I am supporting…Riders for a Cure will be sponsoring a “Surf-a-Thon” event…from 9am SLT until 10pm SLT, surfers will carry the ‘torch’ from surf venue to surf venue to raise linden for Relay for Life in Second Life. 

  • Sol Mananero day \o/          9am to 11am
  • SLSA Sim                                    11am to 1pm
  • Tai                                                   1pm to 3pm
  • Tsunami Beach                          3pm to 5pm
  • WOI                                                5pm to 7pm
  • Tuli Bahari                                   7pm to 9pm
  • Mori Pwani                                  9pm to 10pm

We do hope that everyone will make it onto the waves at one or more locations to surf and donate!  RFL Kiosks will be set up to collect the funds and there will be loaner boards…AND a special edition RFL board donated by SSI will be available for sale too!  Any questions can be presented to Lissa Pinion or hit me up as well!  

Hope to see you on the waves!


Going Bald… Successfully!

As you saw from my previous post, a “Bid Me Bald” event to raise funds for the Relay for Life of Second Life campaign was held on Sunday, March 21 at Sol Mañanero Surf.  The RFL of SL team Eternal Beacon, hosted and our team captain, Dione Kohime, pulled double duty and DJ’d as well. 

It was a fun-filled event.  I had opposing kiosks set up.  One asking party-goers to bid for me to be bald, and one asking to let me keep my hair.  There was a definite push as it was evident just who wanted me bald and who loves to see me in hair!  LOL   Each time Linden were paid to the “Bid Me Bald” kiosk, I would groan…and then Linden would drop into the “Keep Me in Hair” kiosk to which I would cheer!  For 2 hours, we were entertained with the music that DJ Dione laid down from awesome mash-ups to songs about Sunshine/Sunny/etc… we danced, chatted, hoo’d and laughed!   One of my friends, Kekoa Arbizu, filmed the party and put together this video…take a look, it tells you a bit more about the “Bid Me Bald” event and shows us having a great time!! 

At the end of the event… looking to the kiosks, I found that those that favored the Baldness came in a bit higher requiring me to be bald for 2 days!  And then after some late breaking donations were made through Monday night (after this photo was done), I was up to 3 days bald! 

A Successful Event for Relay for Life of Second Life!


Now…the coolest thing about this whole event?!?  We raised over L$126,000 Linden for Relay for Life of Second Life benefitting American Cancer Society (late donations totaling an additional 2800L were received after above photo done).  The generosity of all amazed me and while I know that many might have wanted to see me bald for more days, I think that the offsetting kiosks worked to bring in more linden!!!   Thank you all to those that joined me and that paid my kiosk through Monday night for that reason.  The “Bid Me Bald” event for Sunshine is over… hmmm should I do another one?  🙂 

Bald IS Beautiful!!! 🙂


‘Til Next Time… 


Be sure to visit … to find out more info or donate USD! 

My RFL of SL ACS Webpage 

Eternal Beacon’s RFL of SL ACS Webpage 

The Relay for Life of Second Life Webpage 

Credits:  Video by Kekoa Arbizu of the Waterfront Group; My Outfit by Likka House; Music by DJ Dione