MSABC: get ready to walk against breast cancer

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL  (MSABC) team have announced the next major event in this year’s calendar of activities: the first MSABC Walk.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 26th, the MSABC Walk will be an all-day event, kicking-off a 09:00 SLT, with a series of themed laps around the Making Strides Walk regions, adjacent to the  American Cancer Society island, and culminating in a special Pink Power Time Machine Special event with Trader1 Whiplash, starting at 17:00 SLT and running through until 19:00.

The walk will see hourly themes throughout the day, and SL residents are invited to pop along and participate for as long as they like, and show support for MSABC and the American Cancer Society with their donations.

The full schedule will be as follows, remember all times SLT, 24-hour clock notation, as usual!

  • 09:00-10:00 – T1 Radio
  • 10:00-11:00 – Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00-12:00 – Survivor & Caregiver Hour
  • 12:00-13:00 – Boot It Up Hour: wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 13:00-14:00 – International Spirit Hour: wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 14:00-15:00  – Hat’s Aplenty Hour: stride the path in your favourite hat
  • 15:00-16:00 – Let’s Get Hopping Hour: grab a hopper and bounce your way around the path
  • 16:00-17:00 – Remembrance Ceremony: remembering those who lost their fight against breast cancer
  • 17:00-19:00 – Time Machine Special: it’s back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash!

I’ll have more on this event later in the week. for now – mark the date in your diary!

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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2014 SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedable’s Fair registrations open

Xmas posterThe 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair will take place from Thursday December 4th through until Monday December 15th inclusive in support of Relay for Life of SL.

Registrations are now being accepted from content creators wishing to participate in the Expo and Winter Fair, and those wishing to do so are asked to complete either the Christmas Expo registration page, or the Winter Breedables Fair registration page, depending on their specific interest in participating.

The event will include both seasonal and non-seasonal items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life available across eight suitably themed regions in Second Life. Throughout the event, there will be a wide range of activities and entertainments, including a special one of a kind breedables auction, live performances, DJ sets, the Holiday of Hope Ball, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, Ornament Auctions, and of course photos with Santa! 100% of all registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items will go directly to Relay For Life of SL and The American Cancer Society.

Xmas Expo 2013
Xmas Expo 2013

In addition, there are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available. If you would be interested in supporting the event as a sponsor, please see the Sponsorship page for details of available options and registration forms.

The Expo and Winter Breedables Fair organisers are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run the event. If you’re interested in helping-out, please hop over to the volunteers page.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life of Second Life is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like a Real World Relay. Since 2005, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2.25 million USD for the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $390,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and SL. In 2011 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

About the American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

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MSABC: are you ready for Think Pink week?

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) in SL is underway, and run through until the end of October. With activates taking place across the grid, and kiosks available in stores ,clubs and venues to allow people to donate to the cause, and the I Feel, You Feel hunt underway, The MSABC in SL committee want to get people in a pink mood through the first week of October, with Think Pink Week.

think.pink“From October 1 to 8, 2014 avatars in Second Life will spread the message of pink throughout the grid, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer,” the MSABC chair, Jessii2009 Warrhol states in a press release about the week’s activities. “During this special week we will have fun themes, events, and contests to make you think pink! Below is a schedule of committee ran events and contests.”

The week will be marked with events taking place each day from Wednesday October 1st through until Wednesday October 8th inclusive, and everyone is invited to participate.

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014: Pink Ribbon Day – show your support for breast cancer awareness by wearing a pink ribbon throughout the day in Second Life
  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014: Pink Shoe Day – help stomp out cancer by wearing pink shoes, boots, flip-flops, or pink feet!
  • Friday, October 3rd, 2014: Pink Denim Day – in the physical world, the American Cancer Society in association with Lee Jeans runs National Denim Day, with Lee Jeans donating US$5.00 every sale to the American Cancer Society. In SL, the MSABC team ask that you wear denim attire and/or buy the special par of mesh jeans for only L$5,00 each at the MSABC kiosk on the American Cancer Society island
  • Saturday, October 4th, 2014: Pink Your Parcel Day – turn your house, grass, and trees pink! Send us a photo and enter the special Pink Your Parcel photo contest. (Please see the note card available at the MSABC in SL kiosk on the American Cancer Society island for information on submit contest photos)
  • Sunday, October 5th, 2014: Pink Spirit Day – drop-in at the American Cancer Society Island for a day long party with live DJs and music
  • Monday, October 6th, 2014: Mission Pink – learn about the Making Strides mission and help us spread the word of Strides throughout Second Life, by placing your mission posters (available from the MSABC in SL kiosk on the American Cancer Society island) at your SL home or business
  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014: Pink Swag Day – put on your best pink attire and show off your pink swag throughout the day. Go entirely pink and enter the Pink Swag Day photo contest!
  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014: Pink Honor & Remembrance Day – as Think Pink Week ends, it is time to honour and remember those who have lost their fight against breast cancer. Honour a loved one by place the special pink ribbon at your Second Life home or business. Enter a special dedication to a loved one to be displayed on the MSABC in SL website.
The MSABC information kiosk on the American Cancer Society island
The MSABC information kiosk on the American Cancer Society island

Why Not Run Your Own Think Pink Event?

Clubs, shops, groups and venues across SL are invited to run their own Think Pink Week event. It doesn’t have to run for the whole week or even a whole day – as long as it meets the aims of MSABC in SL in raising awareness about breast cancers (and helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society!).

Simply pick-up a fundraising toolkit from the MSABC kiosk, make sure your event meets the MSABC in SL fundraising guidelines and then pass on details of the event to the MSABC team through the events submissions page on the website. They’ll then promote it through the official MSABC social media sites and on the Strides Fundraising Event Boards in Second Life.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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MSABC: I Feel, You Feel hunt now underway

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL is underway, and the event’s I Feel, You Feel Hunt hunt has kicked-off, which runs through until the end of October 2014.

The hunt, which has been organised by Earth Nirvana’s and the Be Hunted Group, features more than 50 participating stores and a creators across Second Life, with a range of male, female, and unisex gifts available to hunters. Just L$2.00 is being asked in return for each gift – and 100% of all donations will go to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer. That’s a very small price to pay in helping to save people’s lives.

To get started on the hunt, visit the MSABC in SL kiosk at the American Cancer Society Island, where you can make a donation to the cause, pick-up a fundraising tool kit – it’s never too late to get involved in helping to raise funds! – and find a list of participating stores and landmarks.

In addition, you can visit the hunt webpage for a list of participating stores and hints on where the gifts can be found.

Get started on the I Feel, You Feel hut at the American Cancer Socirty, and help raise funs for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Get started on the I Feel, You Feel hut at the American Cancer Society Island, and help raise funs for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

About Be Hunted

BE HUNTED {BH} is a group for store owners to promote their businesses through specially low-priced or free prize hunts. There is no cost to participate, and enquiries on participation should be made to Earth Nirvana. Th {BH}  group can also be used by hunters to receive information on current and upcoming hunts.

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2014 Home and Garden Expo opens

One of HGE's Platinium Sponsor Cain Maven's superb houses
One of HGE’s Platinum Sponsor Cain Maven’s superb houses – click any image for full size

Having been put back from its usual May time slot due to unavoidable circumstances, the 7th  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday September 16th, and promises to be another hugely popular event.

Running through until Sunday September 28th, 2014, HGE comprises nine regions adjacent to the American Cancer Society region, and offers some of the finest in home, garden, and furnishing designs available across the grid. With around 90 exhibitors taking part, the event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, ideas for furnishing and decor, wishing to improve their building (or other) skills, or who just wishes to keep abreast of the latest building / home trends in Second Life.

The Prim Perfect Castle, and grounds, designed by Aisling Sinclair using elements from a numebr of SL designers, provides a magnificent venue for the magazine's talks and presentations
The Prim Perfect Castle and grounds, designed by Aisling Sinclair using elements from a number of SL designers, provides a magnificent venue for the magazine’s talks and presentations

As well as providing the opportunity to discover the best in housing designs ans itself, there will be a wide range of events going on through the two weeks of HGE, including talks, classes, hunts and more taking place around the Expo spaces, as well as a special gacha, a raffle, the silent auction … detail of which will all be made available through the HGE website’s programme pages.

The theme for this year’s event is Story Time, and many of the exhibit areas reflect this, often in quite imaginative ways, so it’s worth taking your time when exploring, as there are some gems of exhibit pieces to be found.

Communities and groups have also had the opportunity to represent themselves at the Expo by means of info boards which have been available for lease throughout the Expo regions. Roleplay groups, bloggers, music venues, galleries, and so on, have been able to advertise themselves through these boards and extend their reach, with all proceeds from the leasing of the boards  going directly to RFL of SL.

As well as offering full-size display homes and furnishing / decor displays, several exhibitors are also showing beautiful miniatures of their works, like this detailed model from Meshworx
As well as offering full-size display homes and furnishing / decor displays, several exhibitors are also showing beautiful miniatures of their works, like this detailed model from HGE Gold Sponsor, Meshworx

Visitors to the Expo areas can also participate in Letters From Expo. The HGE blog describes this as:

Working to give the folks battling this deadly disease reason to hope.  To give their caregivers and loved ones hope and encouragement. Because the battle is lonely, and so is the caregiving.  Both can leave a person with feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

This year, we want to spread the hope as far and as wide as we can.  We want to show our love, offer our courage, give our thanks, and remember those who are no longer with us in a new and immediate way. Moreover, in a way that can be seen across the globe, even by non-SLers.

Plato Novo's exhibit for %Percent Furniture & Lighting imaginatively builds on the HGE's Story Time theme
Plato Novo’s exhibit for %Percent Furniture & Lighting imaginatively builds on the HGE’s Story Time theme

To this end, visitors are invited to write a letter of hope to cancer sufferers and caregivers on one of five subjects (Love, Hope, Thanks, Courage. Remembrance), and for a suggested donation of L$50, post them in the corresponding mailbox at the Expo’s Post Office, where they will be sorted and later appear on the HGE blog. Visitors may of course submit letters on more than one of the themes, but all letters should meet the requirements set-out in the Letters From Expo page linked-to above.

With some L$415,000 raised during the core RFL of SL season, the Home and Garden Expo offers an opportunity to further build on this year’s total for RFL, while offering SL users a lot to see and do. Be sure, as well, not to miss the event interviews featured on the HGE website.

?? offers a fabulous exhibit which perfectly captures the Story Time theme to this year's event
A Disastrous Beauty offers a fabulous exhibit which perfectly captures the Story Time theme to this year’s event

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MSABC SL Kicks-off on Sunday September 7th

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On August 16th I covered the upcoming 2014 Strides Against Breast Cancer across Second Life season, which officially runs through the months of September and October, and forms a part of the RFL SL season.

The organising team’s chair, Jessi Warrhol has now released information on the season’s kick-off event.

Things will start on Sunday September 7th at 09:00 SLT with a pre-event show from T1 radio. The full schedule will be as follows, remember all times SLT, 24-hour clock notation, as usual!

  • 09:00-10:00 – T1 Radio Pre Kick Off Show
  • 11:00-16:00 – Musical Performances
  • 15:30 – While you are dancing away at kickoff, join the team at the special Making Strides broadcast booth for the premiere of the T1 Radio Show “Getting in Stride With Tee and Nuala”.

The kick-off event will be taking place as a special venue alongside the American Cancer Society’s main region – teleport there and follow the signs.

Get Involved!

You can get involved by becoming a member of the Pink Club and being one of the MSABC sponsors for the 2014 seasons. The MSABC sponsorship page provides information on the available sponsorship packages for those interested.

Individuals, businesses, groups and organisations across SL can also provide direct support throughout September and October. Simply request a fundraising toolkit  and get started making strides in Second Life!

Survivors and Caregivers

Please register so that the MSABC team can keep you up to date with Strides activities and so that you can receive the special 2014 breast cancer survivor and caregiver packet.

Hunt Participants and Gifts

The I feel, You Feel hunt will run from September 21st to October 31st, and applications are still open for those creators and businesses willing to participate in the hunt and donate gifts. Items do not have to be all pink, and those wishing to provide clothing are asked to consider making both a male & female gift or a unisex item, as the hunt is for everyone. Those stores and businesses wishing to participate in the hunt are asked to complete the hunt application form, and to address any questions to Earth Nirvana in-world.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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