Sunday, March 04, 2012

Relay For Life Second Life 2012 - It is Time For a Cure!

 It’s February! Relay For Life® of Second Life® is back and it is Time For A Cure!

Time For A Cure - the logo for the RFL of SL 2012
 Teams’ registration for the eighth annual Relay For Life of Second Life opens on February 15 in preparation for fundraising from March to July, culminating in a 24-hour walk around a virtual track filled with grand sights and heart-warming events.

MamaP Beerbaum, the RFL of SL 2012 Event Chair, said: "The 2012 Relay For Life of Second Life Committee has been hard at work and we are ready to go!!  The many volunteers who make up the committee have been planning for months to make sure the 2012 Relay is nothing short of amazing.  Please join us as we get ready to Kick-Off our new season on March 10th!  Until there is a cure, we Relay!"

In a few weeks, you will see the new logo rezzing across the grid alongside the familiar fundraising kiosks. This year’s theme is a Time For A Cure!

RFL Welcome Center  – photograph by IshtarAngel Micheline
After 16 weeks of fun and fundraising, the teams will build campsites for the main event which will take place on July 14-15. Team members, volunteers and members of the SL community will walk a track for 24 hours to Celebrate survivorship, Remember those we have lost, and Fight Back to save lives by making a personal pledge to fight cancer.

To set up a team, please go to the website after teams’ registration opens on February 15. For more information about setting up or joining a team, IM or email one of the Teams Chairs Calumn Tomsen ( or PrettyKitty Gumbo (

Volunteers and teams are at the heart of the Relay For Life  – photograph by Lyr Lobo

The 2012 RFL of SL Committee consists of:

Event Chair – MamaP Beerbaum (
Event Co-Chairs – Dwen Dooley ( and Nikki Mathieson (
Teams and Mentors Area Chairs – Calumn Tomsen and PrettyKitty Gumbo
Sponsorship Area Chair – Tayzia Abbatoir
Public Relations and Marketing Area Chair – Lyr Lobo
Special Events Area Chair – APinkSwan Beauchamp and Danielluh Ashton
Event Day Area Chairs – Bailey Dazy and Elise Capalini
Sim and Track Design Area Chairs – Charlene Trudeau and Amethyst Startosin
Technology and Security Area Chair – JB Hancroft
American Cancer Society representative in Second Life – Stingray9798 Raymaker

RFL of SL 2012 Welcome Volunteers' Party - photograph by Lyr Lobo

Please note these key dates:

Feb 15, 2012 -- Teams’ registration opens!
March 10, 2012 -- Kick-off Celebration and start of fundraising
March 10-22, 2012 -- Fashion for Life
March 31-April 1, 2012 -- Mardi Gras & Street Faire (Teams R Us Event)
April 21-29, 2012 -- Fantasy Faire
May 4-5, 2012 -- May Day Celebration (Teams R Us Event)
May 12-13, 2012 -- Halfway There Fair
May 12-20, 2012 -- Paint SL Purple
May 14-19, 2012 -- Survivor/Caregiver Art Show and Silent Auction
May 20, 2012 --  National Cancer Survivors Day - Survivor/Caregiver Live Art Auction
May 19-28, 2012 -- Home & Garden Expo (includes Teams R Us @ the Expo)
June 3, 2012 -- National Cancer Survivors Day
June 22-24, 2012 -- Back to the 50s Weekend (Teams R US)
July 14-15, 2012 -- RELAY WEEKEND!

To keep up to date, please join our Relay For Life Volunteers group in Second Life, follow us on and or select like for our Facebook page Relay For Life of Second Life.

About Relay For Life of Second Life

Relay For Life® is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life® in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raising awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track, just like in a real world Relay. The main RFL of SL track event this year will take place on July 14-15. We will walk a virtual track for 24 hours, just like in a real world Relay For Life. Team members build and gather at their team campsites, enjoy live music, participate in fun events, and explore the many Relay sims and the incredible builds by some of Second Life’s top designers, as the event runs overnight and into the next morning.

Campsite at RFL of SL 2011: Circle of Life – photograph by Lyr Lobo
In 2011, Relay For Life of Second Life attracted more than 140 teams with participants from over 96 countries, held over 300 team fundraising events between March and July, and raised over US $375,000 (that’s REAL US dollars) for cancer research and education. The funds raised go to research, advocacy, patient services and programs, with 12-15% going to international projects. Similar to the real world, RFL of SL is an international event.

For further background information, visit:

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