The fourth Spoonful of Sugar (SOS) festival opened its doors on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 and will run through until Sunday September 30th. It brings together fashion, home and garden, breedable designers and creators, artists, DJs and live performers to help raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Also known as Doctors Without Borders, MSF was founded in Paris, France in 1971 as a non-profit, self-governed medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare around the globe, based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Since that time, MSF has grown to a movement of 24 associations, bound together as MSF International, based in Switzerland. Thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff – most of whom are hired locally – work on programmes in some 70 countries worldwide. See the video at the end of this article for more on MSF.
For 2018, the event takes the theme Welcome to Italy, with the six regions of the event set out to resemble an Italian coastal town, complete with winding waterways, while in the central regions, within their hills and paths, can be found breedable displays, event areas, together with an MSF information area.
A full shopper’s guide is available, covering the five shopping regions, and participating creators have items on sale via special SOS vendors, with between 50% and 100% of proceeds of sales being donated to SOS. The entertainment guide provides details of who is providing the music and when. In addition, the event sees auctions and raffles and the SOS Home Giveaway Raffle.
Getting around is a matter of either walking – obviously the best way to see the regions – or by clicking the red boxes atop the sign posts along the footpaths. These will provide a set of landmarks to the major locations in the regions, both events and shopping.
Over the course of its first three years, Spoonful of Sugar has raised US $30,000 – a reflection both of the global nature of MSF’s work and of the global reach of Second Life to help support the provision of aid and humanitarian assistance to those so much less fortunate than those of us able to enjoy a virtual life. 2018 will hopefully see that amount grow even larger.