Monday, July 8, 2013

Almost Time For The Relay For Life Walk: July 13-14

 After months of Relay For Life fundraising, the main event of the season is almost here. For 24 hours from Saturday July 13 to Sunday July 14, hundreds of avatars will make their way across over 40 sims. Most of them have various exhibitions set up by the various teams, including the Steelhead Salmons and the Sundreamers. Besides the kiosks set up around the track, there are numerous luminaria one can donate to in the name of a friend or loved one. The various exhibits offer sights to see and things to do for those willing to get off the track and explore, and there will be numerous DJ music parties and other events.

The Relay For Life is Second Life's largest charity, raising funds for the American Cancer Society. And the Relay For Life Walk weekend is one of the Grid's major events of the year.

The event will officially open at 10:00am on Saturday with an Opening Ceremony, where the Fundraiser Club Banner Awards for 2013 will be presented to the teams. More than 100 cancer survivors and caregivers have registered to take part in the ‘honor walk’, which is a CELEBRATE lap and will start immediately after the opening ceremony, followed by the team spirit lap.

At 9:00pm the track sims are turned to midnight to light up the thousands of luminaria (candles) along the track, each representing a survivor or someone who has passed from cancer. For one hour people walk the track in silence as the dedications are read over the broadcasting stream, provided by T1 Radio. This lap is known as the REMEMBER lap.

At 6:00am is the FIGHT BACK Ceremony when people gather together to make a personal pledge to help fight cancer. It might be by pledging to have a regular breast exam, to follow a healthy diet, or to stop smoking.

The Closing Ceremony will begin at 10:00am on Sunday, June 14th followed by a final victory lap at 11:00am. The Raffle For Relay and Silent Auction will remain open until that afternoon.

RFL regions on July 7, 9PM

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