We Raise You Up — Relay for Life of Second Life

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 18 July, 2015

Relay for Life of Second Life
Saturday, 18 July, 10am SLT to Sunday, 19 July, 10am SLT.

Since Relay For Life started in Second Life, volunteers in the virtual world have raised more than $2.6US million and hope to reach $250,000US for the 2015 season. Funds raised in Second Life are routed directly to the American Cancer Society through official fundraising kiosks and vendors. The money raised through this event help the American Cancer Society to fund life-saving cancer research and to continue to be the global leader in the fight against cancer through education and prevention initiatives.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing  in Second Life for 11 years.  In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. Five years later, in 2010 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $220,000.  The 1 MILLIONTH US dollar was raised in 2011 when more than 2000 volunteers raised over $375,000.  In 2012 we passed the 1.5 million dollar mark. In 2014, we passed the 2 million US dollar mark and we are approaching the 2.5 million dollar mark quickly.

Relay Weekend  is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites SL individuals throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The Relay For Life of Second Life is one of the most diverse annual events of any kind on the grid, where hundreds of teams representing many communities in Second Life come together, united in their shared goal to end cancer. The event also provides an opportunity for some of the grid’s most talented designers to showcase their talents on team campsites and interactive region-wide builds.
The event is open to the public during the full 24 hours between 10am-10am SLT and beyond on July 18–19. “We invite everyone in Second Life, regardless if you’re a current Relayer or not. Walk the track with us, visit the campsites and builds, shop, make donations, and listen to the stream,” says Stingray9798 Raymaker, Director of RFL Online Revenue for the American Cancer Society. “There’s something for everyone at the Relay For Life of Second Life, and if you want to fight cancer, this is the best way to do it!”

Today on Radio Riel, Elrik Merlin presents a programme of uplifting music of all genres that we hope will truly “raise you up”. The theme for RfL in SL this year is “The Future Is Now”. Please tune in, and don’t hesitate to make a contribution to help conquer this disease. To get started, just click here.

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