Support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2019

via ACS in Second Life / Making Strides

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has, for the last several years, been a signature event for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Second Life, focused on – as the name implies – the issue of breast cancer.

Around 1.6 million women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer very year, which equates to around 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer per year in the United States and around 55,000 in the UK alone. It’s a cause I’ve always supported throughout my time in Second Life, although I will admit it was something brought a lot closer to home for me when I was diagnosed with DCIS – ductal carcinoma in situ, a form of non-invasive breast cancer. I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed early – but many around the world are not so fortunate, and breast cancer remains the second largest (by diagnosis) form of cancer to impact people world-wide; hence to focus of Makes Strides.

In keeping with the changes made in 2018 to Making Strides fund-raising in Second Life, this year will see two major events take place to raise funds to help with the detection, treatment and, ultimately, prevention of breast cancer world-wide: the Out Shop Cancer event and the Making Strides Walk-a-Thon.

ACS has recently put out a final call for merchants to join the Out Shop Cancer event, as well a call for participants in the 2019 Walk-a-Thon, which this year forms a part of the Pink Power Fest; details of both can be found below for those interested in participating in either event.

Out Shop Cancer

  • Dates: throughout October 2019.
  • SLurl: all across the grid – HUD based.

This is a grid-wide shopping event starting on October 1st, 2019 and ending on October 31st. Merchants are being asked to support it by designating specific items that will be sold either in their in-world stores or on the Second Life Marketplace store (or both) as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programmes and services.

When the event opens, shoppers will be able to obtain a special HUD enabling them to teleport to participating stores in world and find items on the Marketplace and make purchases, with the funds going to RFL of SL / ACS.

In 2018, 40 merchants participated in the event, and this year ACS is hoping to see 50 or more join in.

Because breast cancer is the 2nd most diagnosed cancer, and because Second Life gives us the opportunity to explore so many different forms of expression, we are planning a shopping experience that will offer something to as many types of avatars as possible. This means that we need a cross-section of designers and creators to represent fashion, hair, accessories, skins/shapes, A/Os, recreation, art, and anything else that would interest men, women, children, and non-human avatars in Second Life.

– Sandie Slate, ACS Event Lead for Make Strides Out Shop Cancer

Merchants willing to take part should follow the links below:

The Pink Power Fest and Making Strides Walk-a-Thon

  • Dates: Saturday, October 19th through Saturday, October 26th, 2019.
  • SLurl: TBA

This year’s Make Strides Walk-a-Thon will be the kick-off event for the 2019 Pink Power Fest, it will run from 10:00 through 18:00 on Saturday, October 19th.

Walkers are invited to join in throughout the 10 hours of the event and participate for as long as they can, walking the track and raising money from their donors for each lap they complete – tool will be provided to track their progress, allowing them to collect the pledges of supporters. Laps will be accompanied by music throughout, adding to the festive air.

If you would like to participate in the walk and obtain pledges from your SL friends and family who are willing to support you, please follow the links below:

In addition, the Pink Power Fest will feature daily events including live music and entertainment from singers, tribute bands and DJs gathering for the festival from across the grid. There will also be raffles, gachas, and vendors, with all donations & proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and the work in treating and preventing breast cancer. On Saturday, October 26th, the Fest will close with the Harvest of Hope Gala, honouring all Survivors & Caregivers, and remember those we have lost. I hope to have more information on the specifics of all of these events and activities in due course.

Hosting your Own Breast Cancer Event

This year, ACS is also inviting SL residents to host their own October event to support Making Strides, with a September 18th ACS announcement noting:

If you would like to plan your own breast cancer fundraiser, you’re encouraged to work within your community or group in Second Life to organize your own Strides Campaign. Make sure to let the American Cancer Society know about it by completing the ACS Calendar Event Submission Form so we can share it with others.

All Strides Campaigns must use the official Strides fundraising tools that are provided by the American Cancer Society. Fundraising campaigns may include events, hunts, shows, sales, or simply putting out a donation kiosk at your club or store throughout the month of October.

Individuals and groups wishing to do so should read the ACS announcement, complete the form linked-to in the quote above, and then obtain their free fund-raising tools via the Second Life Marketplace or by going to the Strides office on the American Cancer Society island.

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2019 SL Christmas Expo registrations open with a special announcement

via SLchristmasexpo.com

The 2019 SL Christmas Expo in support of the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life of Second Life will take place from Thursday, December 5th through Sunday, December 15th, 2019 with the theme of Believe in the Magic of Christmas, and the doors have opened for merchant registrations and sponsorship.

Believe in the Magic of Christmas will focus on childhood cancers and their treatment, with the press release noting:

For kids Christmas is a Magical Season! And so, this year the Expo has a new mission. Together with the American Cancer Society and our partners at Linden Lab, the expo will be supporting Childhood Cancer initiatives of The Society. All proceeds of the Expo will be directed to support research and palliative efforts to help children with cancer.

This year, the organisers plan to have:

  • more than 100 merchants,
  • Breedables and one-of-a-kind auctions,
  • nearly non-stop musical performances,
  • Gachas and hunts.
  • Christmas trees, ice skating, and a snowman building contest
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • The Holidays of Hope Ball.

The event will also encompass the popular Lights of Hope house decorating contest, featuring homes built and decorated by some of Second Life’s best home builders.

RFL of SL 2018 Christmas Expo

Special Linden Homes Unveiling

This year’s event will also include the support and involvement of Linden Lab, with the press release further noting:

This year Linden Lab, the Society’s partner in the fight against cancer, is joining the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo. Not only will Linden Lab be decorating Linden homes as part of the Lights of Hope contest but the Expo will be the venue of the BIG REVEAL!  The long-anticipated ALL NEW Version 4 LINDEN HOMES will be UNVEILED at the Lights Of Hope!  Expo visitors will be treated with the newest premier member homes as well as some very VERY Special Linden surprises and incentives!

Merchant and Sponsor Registrations

Those interested in being merchant sponsors or sponsors of this year’s event should refer to the following official Christmas Expo pages:

For updates and further information on this year’s Second Life Christmas Expo, please refer to slchristmasexpo.com.

The 2019 Blake Sea Raft Up for RFL of SL

The annual Blake Sea raft-up will be taking place on Sunday, June 30th, and SL residents are invited to go along and help raise money for Relay for Life of Second Life.

Now in it is 7th year, the event will take place on a special floating stage at Blake Sea – Haggerty, beneath the iconic floating racing grandstand. It will run from 09:00 through until around 15:00 SLT, and feature a host of activities, including music, a demonstration and spectacular raffle prizes.

The full schedule of events is as follows – all times SLT.

  • 09:00-11:00 – DJ Joy Canadeo
  • 11:00-13:00 – DJ Luke Flywalker
  • 13:00-14:00 – DJ Benny the Boozehound.

During his set, Luke Flywalker will narrate a special rescue demonstration by the Second Life Coast Guard (SLCG).

In addition, the event will feature raffles – all proceeds to RFL of SL – with a range of stunning prizes:

  • ANY bandit of the winners choosing.
  • ANY Mesh shop boat of the winners choosing.
  • 1 Endeavour barracuda.
  • 1 Endeavour Trident boat.
    • Paint of their choosing.
The 2018 Raft Up SLCG demonstration

This is always a popular event, and the advice is for those wishing to join the fun is, “Come early!” You can catch a video of the 2018 event via Flickr.

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RFL 2019: are you ready for the Weekend?

RFL of SL 2019: Relay Weekend

The Relay For Life of Second Life Relay Weekend for 2019 is upon us, and will feature everything one would expect from the event – walks, celebrations, remembrances, the luminaria ceremony, interviews, music, dance, and more, all in aid of the American Cancer Society in its efforts to eradicate cancer.

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 to say they are extraordinary would be an understatement. Spanning 36 regions, including the core American Cancer Society region, the Second Life RFL Relay Weekend promises to be spectacular.

RFL of SL 2019: recall RFL mega events, such as the SciFi Con

Activities will kick off at 10:00 SLT on Saturday, June 8th, and will feature 24 hours of themed laps, activities and entertainment. The weekend will wrap up 24 hours later, on Sunday, June 9th at 10:00 SLT. Featured events between those two times include:

Saturday, July 16th 2016

  • 10:00 SLT Opening Ceremony:  the weekend formally begins at the Ceremony Stage.
  • 11:00 SLT Celebrate: The first lap of Relay weekend begins with the celebrate ceremony.  A Survivor/Caregiver honour walk
  • 21:00 SLT Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony:  a solemn reflection with readings and inspirational music as the regions are darkened in remembrance of those and their loved ones who have lost their battles to cancer or are still battling it; all are invited to participate.  Please walk the track in silence

Sunday, July 17th 2016:

  • 06:00 SLT Fight Back: Collect your Fight Back Kits and Fight Back Flags available at the Relay Information Stations along the track, and pledge to save a life: your own, a friends, a family member, or someone you don’t even know yet
  • 10:00 SLT Closing Ceremony: a closing tribute to al that RFL of SL has accomplished at the Ceremony Stage.
RFL of SL 2019: witness art – with pieces like this, by Cica Ghost and Bryn Oh

Track Themed Laps

From 11:00 SLT on Saturday, June 8th through until 09:00 SLT on Sunday June 9th, relayers will be able to join in laps around the relay track that winds through all of the event regions will commence, each with its own focus / theme. The times mean that no matter where you are, if you believe in supporting efforts to reduce  / eliminate cancer in all its forms, there is likely a slot when you can spend time walking the track. You don’t have to go a whole hour – just hit the start line, walk – and make a donation!

All times below are SLT.

Saturday, June 8th
Sunday, June 9th
11:00: Survivor/Caregiver Lap sponsored by the Relay Rockers 00:00: Midnight Masquerade!
12:30: Teams Lap sponsored by Together We Are Mighty 01:00 Wear the Rainbow
14:00: Purple Hour 02:00: Demos!
15:00: Halloween Hour sponsored by River Park Club 03:00: Girl / Boy Next Door (library outfits)
16:00: All Aboard! Uniforms (conductors, pilots, flight attendants, ship captains, etc.) 04:00: Beachwear
17:00: All Aboard! 15th Anniversary Lap (wear any Relay shirt from year’s past) sponsored by the Relay Rockers 05:00: Crazy Hats
18:00: Animals, Prehistoric, Dinosaurs sponsored by Harmony of Hope – In loving memory of Kate 06:00: Fight Back Lap
19:00 Walk your pet / Shoulder pets 07:00: Pajama Party!
20:00: Formal Wear 08:00: Mother Earth sponsored by Harmony of Hope
21:00: Luminaria Ceremony 09:00: Black and White
22:00: Fantasy / Magical 10:00: Closing Ceremony & Victory Lap
23:00: Game of Thrones

Entertainment

Music will be provided throughout the weekend by the following DJs (all times SLT):

Saturday, June 8th:  09:00 Trader Whiplash; 11:00 Nuala Maracas; 12:30 Gem Sunkiller; 14:00 Fizban Underwood; 15:00 Anni Braveheart; 16:30 Tazzie Tuque; 18:00 BenVee; 19:30 Tril MacLeod; 22:00 Fuzzball Ortega

Sunday, June 9th: 00:00 Lia Vipera BrightFlame; 01:00 Madonna; 02:30 Elrik Merlin; 04:00 Luke Flywalker; 06:00 FIGHT BACK LAP with Nuala Maracas; 07:00 Madelyn Majestic; 08:30- 10:00 Trader Whiplash; 11:00 Nuala Maraca.

You can catch all the music both at the event or anywhere on the grid or on-line, by tuning into T1 Radio – including coverage of the ceremonies.

RFL of SL 2019: Relay Weekend

Where To Start

If you’re new to RFL of SL weekends, probably the best place to start is the ACS Welcome Area, or you can opt to drop in directly at main stage at RFL Unity. And don’t forget to visit the RFL Museum, and recall RFL events of the past!

So, are you ready to Relay?

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RelayStock 2019 in Second Life

RelayStock 2019

It’s a weekend of Peace Love and Hope and great music as the 6th annual RelayStock continues over Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th, 2019.

Paying homage to Woodstock, hosted by the Relay Rockers and sponsored by X-City games, the event features live and DJ entertainment, dancing, vendors and the opportunity to help raise money for RFL of SL.

The event is focused on RFL team camp sites all located around a 60s style festival stage. The camp sites, mixed between iconic VW camper wagons and tents, are occupied by RFL Relay teams who present kiosks and fund-raising vendors, while the event stage plays hosts to the performers and the ever-popular Celebrate Remember Fight Back (CRFB) Top DJ Competition Top DJ Competition.

The Rockers have been fortunate to have participants from many teams in our CRFB Event. RelayStock is our way of saying thank you for the huge support across the grid for our event. It affords every team the opportunity to share in a super fund raising event.

– Relay Rockers Co-Captain Arizona Ballinger

The event is open to all residents of Second Life. In addition,, when visiting, you’ll also be able to Bid a Linden Bald, which this year see five teams for Linden Lab participating – see 2019 Bid a Linden Bald for RFL of SL for more.

RelayStock 2019

The event’s activities line up as follows all times SLT):

Saturday May 18th:

  • 10:30: DJ Ray02 Little Inspired Dream Walkers.
  • 12:00  noon: DJ Dolleyes Barbosa Too Tough To Die.
  • 13:30: AustinMoores.
  • 15:00: Todd Rumsford – LIVE – Cure Chasers.
  • 16:00: Keeba & The Tiny Maniacs – LIVE – Relay Rockers.
  • 17:00: The Core Four – Cancer Gets Stung.
  • 18:30pm: DJ Heath Harmony Of Hope.
  • 20:00pm: DJ Kayla Roos With A Dream.

Sunday May 19th:

  • 11:00: Holocluck Henly ACTS.
  • 12:30: DJ Escape.
  • 14:00: CRFB FINALIST #2.
  • 15:30: CRFB FINALIST #1.
  • 17:00: CRFB AWARD CEREMONY.
  • 17:15: Trader Whiplash – Cure Chasers, The River Of Life & Roos With A Dream Teams.

So, let the age of Aquarius enter your life this weekend, don your kaftan (and galoshes!), put flowers in your hair and head on over to RelayStock for get music, great dancing, great fun – and all in a good cause!

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2019 Bid a Linden Bald for RFL of SL

A traditional event during the RFL season is the Bid Me Bald challenge organised by the Relay Rockers. As the name suggests, people are invited to bid (make donations to RFL) to see a well-known Second Life resident go bald for a period of time in-world. First held in 2007, Bid Me Bald is presented as a means to honour those who have lost their hair as a result of their cancer treatment, with those volunteering to participate going bald for one day for each L$5000 raised through donations.

In 2017, to mark the 10th anniversary of Bid Me bald, a new twist was added to the mix when three teams from Linden Lab put themselves up for bidding / donations in Bid A Linden Bald. In 2018, the Lab again put forward three teams for Bid Me Bald, with the team raising the least amount of money will once again go bald for the amount of days equal to the total of the team raising the most, with the time shared among the losing team members.

Those two events between them raised more than L$3.5 million for Relay for Life. For 2019, the Lab is participating with five teams:

  • Customer Account Operations: Dakota Linden, Theresa Linden and Vanessa Linden.
  • Concierge Support: Dottie Linden, Evie Linden, Rocko Linden, TJ Linden, Vix Linden, Volo Linden and Wendi Linden.
  • Land Operations: Constantine Linden, Izzy Linden, Kona Linden and Madori Linden.
  • Tier 1 Support: Acan Linden, Cantara Linden, Ellie Linden, Ginger Linden and Jet Linden.
  • Support Management: Ami Linden, Derrick Linden, Kristin Linden and Maggie Linden.

Bidding officially opened on Wednesday, May 15th and will run through until May 22nd, when the losing team will be up for a haircut at a special event!

Should you wish to place a bid, drop in to the Relay Rockers’ home region. You may be redirected to the main landing point, so just follow the signs to the bidding kiosks. You can make your donation based on the team you’d like to see win – or against the team you’d like to see lose!

The 2019 Bid a Linden Bald kiosks

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