You Raise Me Up

Relay for Life of Sec­ond Life
Sat­ur­day, 19 July, 10am SLT to Sun­day, 20 July, 10am SLT.

The Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety Relay For Life began in May 1985 when a col­orec­tal sur­geon ran around a track in Taco­ma, Wash­ing­ton, for 24 hours, rais­ing $27,000 to sup­port the Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety. Today Relay For Life is held in more than 4,600 com­mu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States and in 23 coun­tries across the globe. It has raised more than US$1.5 bil­lion to help the Soci­ety accel­er­ate the progress against can­cer by sav­ing lives, help­ing those touched by can­cer, and empow­er­ing peo­ple to fight back against this dis­ease.

The Relay phi­los­o­phy is: “We are here so that those who face can­cer will be sup­port­ed, that those who have lost their bat­tle will not be for­got­ten, and so that one day can­cer will be elim­i­nat­ed.”

In 2008, Relay For Life has returned to Sec­ond Life for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Last year, “RFL of SL” raised more than $118,000 and attract­ed more than 1,700 par­tic­i­pants to this unique vir­tu­al walkathon event. Themed ‘Quest For a Cure’, more than 75 vol­un­teer builders lined the vir­tu­al track with inter­ac­tive 3‑D dis­plays inspired by action and adven­ture sto­ries. Avatars encoun­tered oppor­tu­ni­ties to have fun along the way while rais­ing aware­ness and rais­ing vital funds. This year the theme is ‘Heroes’.

In the run-up to the Relay itself, Radio Riel, in com­mon with many oth­er peo­ple and groups through­out Cale­don and Sec­ond Life, has been help­ing to raise mon­ey for this wor­thy cause — and indeed Team Cale­don has con­sis­tent­ly placed near the top of the list for dona­tions over­all. You can still make a dona­tion, either at one of the booths in-world or you can vis­it this site to make a dona­tion on-line.

Today is the Relay itself and to mark this event, Radio Riel’s Elrik Mer­lin is pre­sent­ing a day of music with a focus on mov­ing and uplift­ing songs, and songs with a mes­sage, under the title “You Raise Me Up” – inspired by the Secret Gar­den song of the same name. We’ll be hear­ing from them – includ­ing the orig­i­nal 2001 record­ing of the piece, which has since been cov­ered by over 120 oth­er artists – dur­ing the course of the day; along with a great many oth­er items from a wide vari­ety of gen­res, includ­ing some you sel­dom, if ever, hear on Radio Riel.

Join us for a day of mov­ing music on our Main Stream: http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

You can attend the Relay in-world by vis­it­ing the RFL of SL Sims: http://slurl.com/secondlife/American+Cancer+Society/127/5/23 — and for more details of the day’s events, vis­it this page.

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