Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bid4aCure Date Auction in Second Life

Bid4aCure is a fund-raiser event, in its fourth year, that will be held this year in the month of September 2010. We raise money for diabetes research for member organizations of the International Diabetes Federation: Diabetes UK and the American Diabetes Association.

Information and receipts from all years' event may be found at: (click on the charity link at the bottom of the site.)

Our signature event: the Date Auction will be held at 1 PM SLT on September 26, 2010

Event Date and Time: Sunday, September 26th at 1 PM SLT
Event Location: Bid4aCure Event Park

Bid4aCure Event Park, Temprus (47, 76 36)

What is needed from auction volunteers?
1. An introductory paragraph. Please write about your SL self. This will be read on air when you step up to the platform to be auctioned off.
2. Choose 2 songs that most fit your SL personality. If you are a live entertainer, you can send MP3 recordings of yourself to Please make sure to include songs for Bid4aCure auction n the subject line and make sure that you reference your full avatar name.
3. Please send me a profile-sized picture of yourself; it can be your ad or a second life pic. It needs to be given to me with full permissions. This picture will be on display when you step on the podium.
4. Please join the group in SL. The group is open enrollment and will be used that day to coordinate as well and send announcements.

Frequently asked Questions:

What time will I be auctioned off?
This is a live event on SL and so precise timing is difficult at best. The list will be published a week in advance. If you cannot be here for the entire event, then you are asked to be online and available via IM from 1 PM SLT on the 26th until you are auctioned off. You will receive an IM when there are 6 people ahead of you and you are asked to come to the event at that time. Please also notify your groups / friends so that they can come and support you.

What do I have to do that day?
Just show up. You will hear your name and be asked to come and stand or dance on the podium. Jocelyn will read your introduction aloud and then play your music selections while the bidding starts at 1000 Lindens. Once you are “sold,” Jocelyn will announce that and you can step down off of the podium. Make sure you know who bought you for a date and contact that person.

What are the dates and how long do they last?
Dates have ranged from exploring SL together to going dancing or horseback-riding. It is up to the two people to determine that. The same goes for the length of the date, although you should expect to spend two hours.

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Why Bid4aCure?

• Diabetes currently affects 246 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 380 million by 2025.
• In 2007, the five countries with the largest numbers of people with diabetes are India (40.9 million), China (39.8 million), the United States (19.2 million), Russia (9.6 million) and Germany (7.4 million).
• In 2007, the five countries with the highest diabetes prevalence in the adult population are Nauru (30.7%), United Arab Emirates (19.5%), Saudi Arabia (16.7%), Bahrain(15.2%), and Kuwait (14.4%).
• By 2025, the largest increases in diabetes prevalence will take place in developing countries.
• Each year a further 7 million people develop diabetes.
• Each year 3.8 million deaths are attributable to diabetes. An even greater number die from cardiovascular disease made worse by diabetes-related lipid disorders and hypertension.
• Every 10 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
• Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
• Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global death by disease.
• At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. In some countries this figure may reach 80%.
• Up to 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.
• Diabetes is the largest cause of kidney failure in developed countries and is responsible for huge dialysis costs.
• Type 2 diabetes has become the most frequent condition in people with kidney failure in countries of the Western world. The reported incidence varies between 30% and 40% in countries such as Germany and the USA.
• 10% to 20% of people with diabetes die of renal failure.
• It is estimated that more than 2.5 million people worldwide are affected by diabetic retinopathy.
• Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries.
• On average, people with type 2 diabetes will die 5-10 years before people without diabetes, mostly due to cardiovascular disease.
• Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in diabetes, accounting for some 50% of all diabetes fatalities, and much disability.
• People with type 2 diabetes are over twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as people who do not have diabetes. Indeed, people with type 2 diabetes are as likely to suffer a heart attack as people without diabetes who have already had a heart attack.

Press Release from in SL

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