MadPea auction raises L$1.6+ million for LLK and Kenya school

A purpose-built entertainments area has been built for the MadPea event, with auction boards placed around the dance floor and stage
The purpose-built entertainments area built for the MadPea Charity Auction in aid of LLK and the Nakuru School construction project

The weekend of the 25th through 27th September marked the 2015 MadPea Charity Auction to help further the work of Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) in building a school in Nakuru, Kenya, where young children will be able to receive an education (you can read my background article on the event here).

The weekend featured live entertainment throughout, provided by 22 entertainers and live performers, at a specially constructed stage and location over Stargazer Bay, and gave people the opportunity to bid to spend time with a host of well-known Second Life residents and  Linden Lab staff, and to gain special goodies in the process.

Over 60 people had signed-up to participate in the auction, with boards placed around the stage area, which included a beautifully crafted model of the school in Nakuru, Kenya, which has been under construction since 2014, with the first phase having opened in January 2015.

RAG Randt's scale model of the Nakuru school construction project, which featured at the MadPea auction event
RAG Randt’s scale model of the Nakuru school construction project, which featured at the MadPea auction event

Some amazing opportunities were on offer to winning bids – shopping and spending time with Xiola Linden, gong to an event with Simon or Rider Linden or getting one-to-one LSL tutoring from them; time with some of SL’s top creators and special gifts from them, and more.

In all, the event raised a stunning L$1,667,762 (approx. US $6671) through bids and donations by the time the final hammer fell.

The highlight of the weekend was the live auction, where many of those offering their services / time / selves were up on the stage and able to talk about what they’ve been offering, help encourage the bidding and even adding to their lot.

Kess Crystal was kind enough to pass me details of the bid amounts, which were topped-out by an incredible L$150,000 offered for 2 hours with Queen Pea Kiana Writer and input on a MadPea upcoming game!

Amount Raised
Amount Raised
Kiana Writer 150,000 Callie Cline 87,000
Alexa Linden 50,001 Bryn Oh 45,000
Kess Crystal 41,000 Xiola Linden 41,000
Arduenn Swartzmann 40,3000 Isla Gealach 35,000
Draxtor Despres 31,500 Tab Tatham & EvanKeel Resident 30,000
Jessica Lyon 30,000 The Arcade Team 30,000
Inara Pey 30,000 Simon Linden 28,000
Levio Serenity 27,000 Saffia Widdershins 26,666
MadPea Resident 26,000 Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin 25,000
Roman Goode 19,000 Jo Yardley 18,000
Kush Zepp 16,000 Bcreative Wilde 15,000
Chloe Seljan 15,000 Eku Zong 15,000
Sina Souza 15,000 Canary Beck 15,000
Aeonix Aeon 14,000 Josie Anderton 14,000
Dusty Wasp 13,500 Brique Topaz 12,000
Sabbian Paine 11,000 Poulet Koenkamp 11,000
Cacilia McMasters & Ava Jhamin 11,000 Mericat Ireland 10,700
The constructions set and the stage beyond, just before the MadPea auction opened on Friday, September 25th
The construction set and the stage beyond, just before the MadPea auction opened on Friday, September 25th
Amount Raised
Amount Raised
Johannes1977 Resident 10,000 Kara Trapdoor 10,000
Lisa Brune 10,000 Rider Linden 10,000
Dita Lamour 9,000 Harpet Beresford 9,000
Caitlin Tobias 8,000 Tracy Redangel 7,750
Sufferingfrom Lockjaw 7,000 Toxic Darkmatter 7,000
Imre Bellic 5150 Anderian Sugarplum 5,000
Angela McKeenan 5,000 Ayla Barzane 5,000
Esme Capelo 5,000 Gabrielle Riel 5,000
Harter Fall 5,000 Panda 5,000
PinkRyne 5,000 RacerX Gullwing 5,000
Yelena Istmal 5,000 Jake Vordun 4,050
Jenica Penucca 4,000 TerryLynn Melody 4,000
Seductive Dreamscape 4,000 Irrie Ember 3,000
Trinity Yazimoto 3,000 Twostep Spiritweaver 3,000
Leetx Resident 2,000 Winteru Resident 2,000
Synitry Resident 1,500 Maggie Mae Bhaktiguru 1,369
Chris Blackheart 1,200

In addition, there were some lots of goodies, which collectively raised L$25,400, with donation boards also available throughout the weekend.

Commenting on the event, Kess Crystal from the MadPea team said, ” I cannot help but feel immense happiness and pride at this outcome. I’m so proud of everyone was has been involved, and in the Second Life community, all of whom have proved yet again that when we come together with a common goal, we can achieve such great things.

“When I actually sit back and let it sink in that generations of children will have an education because of what we achieved at the weekend, I am humbled beyond words.”

Bique Topaz (r) - Brique
Brique Topaz (r) – Brique Zeiner in the physical world – of LLK / Feed  A Smile, with young students at the opening of the first phase of the LLK Nakuru school in January 2015. The MadPea auction will now help further the work in building and equipping the school

I was only able to spend brief periods at the event on Saturday and Sunday, but the atmosphere while there was tremendous, and it was great making new friends (/me waves to Levio 🙂 ). Special thanks to everyone who took part as auction lots or bidders, etc.  Very special thanks to Jo Yardley for her incredibly generous bid for my time  – I’m looking forward to the film project!

Most of all: congratulations to the MadPea team, to Brique, LLK and the children of Nakuru school – current and future!