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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?

RFL: calling all machinima makers, camera people, editors and more!

Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th mark the RFL of SL weekend - can you help document it?

Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th mark the RFL of SL weekend – can you help document it?

The Relay for Life weekend is fast approaching in Second Life. Taking place over the weekend of Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th, 2015. 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.

The weekend will feature everything one would expect from the event – walks, celebrations, remembrances, the luminaria ceremony, interviews, music, dance, and more. Already the regions, which I’ve been fortunate enough to have a sneak peek around, are taking shape and promise something truly extraordinary for 2015.

Catalina Staheli's amazing STAND portrait exhibition should not be missed over the weekend (see my review here)

Catalina Staheli’s amazing STAND portrait exhibition should not be missed over the weekend (see my review for a flavour of this remarkable exhibition)

One of the features of RFL of SL has been the telethon. However, this year, the organisers are doing something a little different, and a call for volunteers has gone out, as reported by Saffia Widdershins in the Prim Perfect blog:

This year we’re trying something new – rather than a Relay for Life Telethon, we’re asking people across the grid with machinima and streaming experience to join us in a crowd-sourced experiment.

If you have skills to offer in film and editing, and would like to create (or work on) a machinima featuring the people and events surrounding this year’s Relay Weekend, contact us by filling in the form below with your details. If we can help (for example by setting up interviews, by arranging accreditation), we will.

The idea is that all the films will eventually appear on a single You Tube channel. You can put your credits on your video – we will give you a special title screen to add so that you can clearly be identified as part of the project.

RFL of SL 2015 Relay Weekend: something very special to see, be a part of and document

RFL of SL 2015 Relay Weekend: something very special to see, be a part of and document

In particular, support is being sought from cinematographers, sound recordists, those able to edit video and / or sound,  and anyone willing to interview those participating in the weekend.

Opportunities are on offer to film specific aspects of the weekend (and the days leading up to it, in order to document the preparations, etc.), and to indicate when you’d prefer to offer your services (over all or part of the weekend, in the lead-up, and so on.

So, if you are able to help out with this project, please make sure you hop over the the Prim Perfect blog and complete the application form – but do please make sure you do so sooner rather than later; applications must close on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015.

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RFL: Join Sail4Life in a special July 4th celebration!

The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, blake Sea Crow's Nest, will form a fitting backdop to the July 4th Sail4Life event

The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, Blake Sea Crow’s Nest, will form a fitting backdrop to the July 4th Sail4Life event

Saturday, July 4th is a special day for the United States, and Sail4Life plan to celebrate it in a special way – and are giving an open invitation to anyone to join them in doing so.

Blast In the Blake is a day of music, celebration and dance that’s being organised and hosted by the Sail4Life team. The event will take place on a special stage, complete with mooring areas for boats (and even helipads for flying in guests, I understand!), which will rise from the seas at Blake Sea – Haggerty especially for the event.

Things will kick-off at 11:00 on Saturday, July 4th, and run through until around 16:30, with the schedule (at the time of writing) reading thus – all times SLT:

  • 11:00 – 13:00: DJ G Winz
  • 13:00  -14:00:  Satin & Erin, live music
  • 14:00 – 16:00: DJ Barry
  • 16:00 – 16:30: fireworks.

Those wishing to attended are invited to teleport in, or to sail over and moor alongside. All donations received through the event will go directly to Relay For Life of Second Life.

So, why not don your beachwear and slip on your shades on Saturday, then hop or sail on over for a Blast on the Blake, and support RFL of SL with Sail$Life whilst celebrating July 4th?

Note the SLurl in this article will not be valid until the event itself – so be prepared to make a splash if you use it beforehand! 🙂

Brewing-up a week of activities for RFL in Second Life

Builder's Brewery: a great resource for in-world building, and hosting a week of RFL fund-raisers between June 20th and June 27th

Builder’s Brewery: a great resource for in-world building, and hosting a week of RFL fund-raisers between June 20th and June 27th

Starting on Saturday, June 20th, and running through until Saturday, June 27th, Builder’s Brewery are, along with partners the  Relay Wizards Team, hosting a series of events to help raise money for RFL of SL 2015.

The focal point for the fund-raising is a silent art auction, which kicks-off at 13:00 SLT on Saturday, June 20th with a party featuring DJ Magnus Brody. Throughout the week, and across the Builder’s Brewery regions, art donated by artists from across Second Life will be offered for silent auction – simply click to bid. All funds raised will go to RFL of SL.

As well as classes, the sandbox and a huge number of building-related resources, Builder's Brewery includes the Builder's Village

As well as classes, the sandbox and a huge number of building-related resources, Builder’s Brewery includes the Builder’s Village

Also occurring throughout the week – so keep an eye on the announcements – will be Jail’n’Bail and the opportunity to drop well-known figures in the Dunk Tank, including the Brewery’s own Sensuous Maximus, who will be facing a dunking on Thursday, 25th June between 14:00 and 17:00 SLT!

With parties and a Poetry Slam as well (see further down in this article), key events and activities for the week comprise (all times SLT):

Saturday 20 June 13:00-15:00 Mystery and Magic Masquerade Ball with DJ Magnus Brody. formal attire requested
Start of the silent art auction
Sunday 21 June Silent art auction continues alongside Builder’s Brewery regular events
Monday 22 June Silent art auction continues alongside Builder’s Brewery regular events
Tuesday 23, June 17:00-18:00: DJ John Simms turns up Techno Tuesday with a party!
Silent art auction continues
Wednesday 24, June 17:00: Anhayla and Dr. Fran will host a building contest at the Brewery Sandbox! Prizes:  1st – L$2000; 2nd – L$1000; 3rd – L$500
Silent art auction continues
Thursday 25 June
14:00-17:00 Come dunk the Brewery’s own Sensuous Maximus! Don’t forget the dunk tank and jail’n’bail will be available throughout the week!
Silent art auction continues
Friday 26 June 19:00-21:00 Poetry Slam contest, hosted by Natalya, Explorer and Blue
Prizes: 1st – L$2000; 2nd – L$1000; 3rd – L$500
Silent art auction continues
Saturday 27 June Last day of the silent art auction
21:00-11:59: Pajama Party

The Poetry Slam contest on Friday, June 26th doesn’t carry an entry fee, but those wishing to participate will be asked to make a donation of at least L$100 to RFL of SL in order to be eligible for any of the prizes on offer. Those who prefer not to make a donation can still participate and read their poetry, but will not be eligible for the prizes.

Please make sure you register for the contest ahead of time!

So, do be sure to pop along to Builder’s Brewery during the coming week and join-in with some of these events for RFL of SL. And if you’re new to Second Life, or to in-world building, do be sure to take a good look around Builder’s Brewery; it is one of the longest-running and most respected resource and teaching centres in Second Life. Do be sure to check-out their website and class schedule as well!