The 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life will focus on developing new leadership opportunities and continue to push the limits of our creativity in the ever-changing virtual world. The first step in building the 2016 committee has been identifying who will join the Steering Committee, where the vision and strategic direction of the event are set. As part of the Steering Committee, our Co-Chairs will focus on guiding the event committee, serving our Relay For Life Team Captains, and training/developing the future leadership of RFL of SL.
Leala Spire was introduced to Relay For Life when asked to participate in a date auction in 2007. The following year, she joined the Passionate Redheads as a team member. Sabine McGettigan, the captain of the Redheads had asked Leala to become the team’s co-captain in 2009 and 2010. Sabine was Leala’s first mentor in Relay For Life and encouraged her to be creative in events. While a Passionate Redhead, Leala learned how important it was to be not only an involved captain but a passionate one about Relay.
In 2011, Leala started her own team, the Inspired Dreamwalkers, with Sabine’s support and encouragement. As Captain of the Dreamwalkers, her team reached the Platinum and Sapphire levels of the Fundraising Club.
In 2015, Leala spent her first year on the event committee as Co-Lead of Events. She is also the 2015 Chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL and is also helping as the Co-Chair of the Christmas Expo. The 2016 Relay event will mark Leala’s 9th year as a Relayer and a supporter of Relay for Life. It’s a passion that has grown in her from the beginning, inspiring her to meet each challenge with passion and a positive spirit.
2016 Marks the 12th year that Nuala Maracas will participate in Relay For Life of Second Life. Having arrived in-world in September 2004, Nuala was working at La Vie en Rose with T1Radio when the late Alliez Mysterio told her and Trader Whiplash about a new fundraising event being planned for SL called the Relay For Life. They decided to form a team and the Relay Rockers were born.
As Relay expanded in-world, Nuala became a mentor in 2007. Her skills and leadership abilities came to the attention of then chair Fayandria Foley and in 2008, she assumed the role of Activities Chair. The following season she was asked to become Event Co-Chair, a role she filled in both 2009 and 2010. In addition to her position as Co-Chair, Nuala helped establish the first Relay on the SL Teen Grid where she served as Liaison. She represented RFL of SL at the 2009 and 2010 Relay For Life National Leadership Summits where she received training from members of the national Relay Training Team, which she shared with participants in SL.
In 2011 she returned to the Relay Rockers as Captain, where she continues to lead the virtual Relay’s oldest team as member of its leadership group.
Nuala does not reserve her Relay spirit solely for the virtual world. From 2009-2011 she served as Teams Chair for the Relay For Life in her home town. In 2012, she became her home town’s Event Co-Chair. She also worked for the Canadian Cancer Society where she was the Staff Partner for 5 different Relay events.
Last season, Nuala returned to RFL of SL as Events Coordinator, planning and supervising Paint SL Purple, Kick Off, Halfway There, Relay Weekend and Wrap Up. She is also the Coordinator for the 2015 Christmas Expo and organizer of ManUp and Bling My Bra for Making Strides
When asked Why Do You Relay, Nuala replied “I Relay for my family, my best friend, and I Relay for me so that if one day I hear those 3 words, …You have cancer… it is followed simply by, …but we have options for your cure, would you like your shot in the left arm or right?”