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.
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|
||Celebrate! – The traditional A Survivor/Caregiver honour walk|
||Team Spirit – the Relay Teams lap|
|14:00||Crazy hats and hat|
|15:00||Movies and musicals|
|17:00||Hawaiian Beach Party|
|18:00||Space Cadets Fight Cancer|
|21:00||The Luminaria Ceremony – REMEMBER|
|22:00||CCR Tribute Concert|
||Your Relay Heritage|
Sunday, July 19th
|Midnight||The Random Outfit Hour|
||Get Active! – Sports|
|03:00||Hoppy Ball Bounce|
|04:00||Relay Around The World|
||Heroes and Superheroes|
|06:00||The Fight Back Ceremony
|07:00||Space Cadets Fight Cancer|
||Coffee, Tea or Relay|
||The Formal Hour|
||Drive-in Movie Night|
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.
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?