16 hours ago
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Passionate Redheads RFL Team to Disband
Today, Sabine McGettigan, the leader of the "Passionate Redheads" team, one of the leading teams for the popular Relay For Life cancer fundraiser, made an announcement. After six years of Relaying, there would be no more. She had reluctantly made the decision to disband the team.
As the 2013 season of Relay approaches, I find it my sad duty to disband the legendary Passionate Redheads Team for Relay for Life.
It has been an incredible SIX YEARS of fundraising for the American Cancer Society, and we have, in my opinion, accomplished some of the best work of any of the Relay Teams. In many ways, we helped to shape the Relay in Second Life, lighting the path for those who would follow us.
It was our team who implemented the very first Spirit of Relay award! We went on to be awarded the Spirit of Relay three times! Altogether, the Passionate Redheads won the equivalant of seven "Academy Awards" through the years, while raising over $30,000 USD for our favorite charity.
Our little team came to be known as the "Compassionate Redheads" because we provided a home to anyone wanting to Relay. Our Passionate Redheads inspired the now popular "One Team" events with our unflagging support of smaller teams who needed a presence. We were famous for showing up at events not our own, bringing with us our love, our charity, and our hope. Our motto was, "Take care of the people, and the money takes care of itself." This very spirit is our legacy, and it is a beautiful and worthy one.
I have loved this team with all my heart, for all these years; and love never ends. Thank you for standing with me for six years, for showering every member with compassion, for working with dedication, and for supporting the team always, no matter which direction we needed to take.
My special gratitude goes to Ginger (Dusk Griswold) and Lomgren Smalls, who selflessly stepped in last year when I was unable to continue with Relay. I ask that you take care of them, and of each other, with the beauty and passion that has always belonged to the extraordinary members of this most Passionate, Compassionate Team.
A number of residents at the Sunweaver Estates, where the SL Newser office building makes it's home, were part of the Passionate Redheads team. This news does not mean these residents have stopped Relaying. There is talk about forming a new team to pick up where the Readheads left off.