RFL: it’s the weekend!

RFL of SL Relay weekend 2015: looking across the Activities Regions
RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2015: looking across the Activities Regions

The RFL of Second Life Relay Weekend for 2015 is upon us, and will feature everything one would expect from the event – walks, celebrations, remembrances, the luminaria ceremony, interviews, music, dance, and more. Over the years, RFL events in Second Life have raised over US $2 million to assist the American Cancer Society in its efforts to eradicate cancer, and the hope is that this year will push the total past the US $2.5 million mark.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of sneak peeks around the regions that make up this year’s walk, together with the activities regions, and they really are quite extraordinary this year, featuring some stunning builds and themes which are truly eye-catching.

RFL of SL Relay weekend 2015: this year's event features some truly stunning builds
RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2015: this year’s event features some truly stunning builds

Event Highlights

Listed below are some of the main events scheduled for the weekend – but remember that there are relay laps, entertainment and more going on across the entire weekend. All times are, as usual, SLT.

Saturday, July 18th

10:00-13:00 The Final Push with DJ Black Velvet
11:00
Celebrate! – The traditional A Survivor/Caregiver honour walk
12:30
Team Spirit – the Relay Teams lap
14:00 Crazy hats and hat
15:00 Movies and musicals
16:00
Holiday Road
17:00 Hawaiian Beach Party
18:00 Space Cadets Fight Cancer
19:00
Health Matters
20:00
Purple Power
21:00 The Luminaria Ceremony – REMEMBER
22:00 CCR Tribute Concert
23:00
Your Relay Heritage
RFL of SL 2015
RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2015

Sunday, July 19th

Midnight The Random Outfit Hour
01:00
Get Active! – Sports
02:00
The 60s
03:00 Hoppy Ball Bounce
04:00 Relay Around The World
05:00
Heroes and Superheroes
06:00 The Fight Back Ceremony
07:00 Space Cadets Fight Cancer
08:00
Coffee, Tea or Relay
09:00
The Formal Hour
10:00 Closing Ceremony
11:00 Victory Lap
17:00
Drive-in Movie Night
RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2015
RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2015

The Luminaria Ceremony and Fight Back

At 21:00 SLT on Saturday July 18th, the Luminaria Ceremony will talk place. The track regions will all be set to midnight and thousands of luminaria will be lit, each one representing a survivor or someone who has passed away from cancer. People are invited to walk the track in silence for one hour as dedications are read over the broadcasting stream.

06;00 SLT on Sunday July 19th will mark Fight Back. Join your fellow residents in making fight back pledges to save a life this year; your own, a friends, a family member, or someone you don’t even know yet.

RFlL of SL 2015
RFL of SL 2015: a part of Julia Zhangsun’s beautiful Survivor region

Where to Start

There is no central welcome area this year, so probably the best place to start is at the American Cancer Society region. Here you can find out about the Luminaria lanterns, details of this year’s theme hours and grab a box of freebies. Information Stations are located in each of the relay regions, where you can grab your track tools to record the distance you walk around the track and allow you to chat with friends and those around you and walk at the same time.

So – are you ready to Relay?

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