According to our most recent Cancer Statistics report, we are making progress against cancer in the US, with a 20 percent decline in cancer mortality in two decades. But worldwide, the statistics tell a very different story. In 2010, cancer killed nearly 8 million people – that’s more than the number of global deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. And it’s expected to grow to more than 13 million by 2030.
This is clearly an immense problem – more than any one organization can tackle alone. It is more important than ever that we realize our vision to be a co-equal partner with all sectors – public, private, and nonprofit – to bring cancer under control. We need both the resources and the awareness that collaborative work can bring to our fight.
We truly are “better together” when we combine the unique strengths of multiple organizations to make a greater impact. (We devoted an entire session to this issue at our recent leadership summit.) We are moving beyond the transactional relationships we’ve had with partners in the past and today are looking for relationships that bring value to all parties. We want to work with merchants who have a mind for our business and a heart for our mission.
One such example is our decision to change the fundraising guidelines for our Mega Events, as a trial run for the 2014 season. This year, we will pilot a new idea that will lead to new opportunities in the future. Instead of requiring merchants at Mega Events to place 2 items in a Relay For Life vendor, we will provide a unique vendor option that merchants will use for all of their items being sold at the event. These new vendors will allow the merchant to designate a percentage for each item’s sale to go to the American Cancer Society, with a requirement that if this option is chosen ALL vendors in the shop will need to be the new vendors.
We received feedback from shoppers at the Mega Events that they would feel better about the event if everything they purchased would send money to the American Cancer Society (instead of having to purchase something that they really didn’t want).
We recognize this as a positive evolution of our fundraising policy that may open partnership opportunities with Second Life companies in the future. This new venture will be available to Mega/Partnership Events for the 2014 season. Teams will not be able to participate in this new shared vendor evaluation period.
Relay For Life of Second Life kicks off it’s fundraising season on March 7-9th with a weekend FULL of celebration! Teams have been registering and will be present at the kick-off regions with team vendors, kiosks and flags waving to show their team spirit. If you haven’t registered a team yet click on the orange button on the right side of this page to do so and come join us! The festivities begin on Friday evening with T1 radio on the mic as teams set up their fundraising tools and the pep rally takes place. On Saturday at noon the official Kick-Off Ceremony will begin. This year’s ceremony will be presented by the 2014 Steering Committee, Stingray Raymaker, Nikki Mathieson, Dawnbeam Dreamscape and Random Padar Darrow. It will also include a survivor speaker NickiB27 and readings from this year’s Division Chairs, Gemstone Sunkiller (Internal Support), Sunshine Zhangsun (Events/Design), Serina Juran (PR, Outreach) and Dwen Dooley (Tech). The ceremony will conclude with the traditional PARADE OF TEAMS and with that, the 2014 RFL of SL Journey will officially begin!
DJ hosted music and dancing will run throughout the afternoon and evening of Saturday, March 8th while lots of fun and games will take place on Sunday, the 9th. Games include Family Feud, Pictionary and a Relay kissing booth, where it just takes 1700L raised to earn this years coveted, ‘Kiss me I RELAY’ T-Shirt. Plan to spend the weekend Relaying by joining the Kick-Off Celebration and by visiting team events, which you can keep track of by visiting this page.
If you cannot attend in person, the Kick-off Ceremony will be streamed on
T1 Radio (t1radio.com or inworld stream: http://t1radio.serverroom.us:8242)
or via the video stream (http://www.aviewtv.com/live/)
or at an alternate inworld viewing location at the RFL of SL Volunteer Center’s top floor (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/109/41/30).
For landmarks to the Kick-Off regions or more information, please check the notices in either of our inworld groups (Relay For Life Volunteers or Relay For Life Info Only).
Team Captain training sessions have begun. Be sure to attend at least 1 pair of these training sessions to make sure you are well prepared for the 2014 Relay For Life season. All Team Captain training sessions are held on American Cancer Society island in the amphitheater.
2/22 @ 1pm SLT: Captain Training Session #1
2/23 @ 1pm SLT: Captain Training Session #2
3/1 @ 5pm SLT: Captain Training Session #2
3/2 @ 5pm SLT: Captain Training Session #1
3/22 @ 9am SLT: Captain Training Session #1
3/23 @ 9am SLT: Captain Training Session #2
To register your team, click on the orange button on the right side of the page. If you plan to fundraise with Convio, you can click that button after you register your team for the Relay event. Please keep in mind that fundraising tools will not be distributed immediately, but our Team Coaches will contact you after you register.
We also plan to host some Team Captain Trainings again this year. We encourage all Captains (rookies & veterans) to attend. We’ll explain some of the changes for 2014, as well as provide an understanding of who to go to for various questions throughout the year. There will be plenty more valuable information at these trainings; please plan to attend. Dates to be posted soon.by admin
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