The 10th Relay For Life fundraising effort in Second Life kicks off this weekend, even though it’s sort of the 11th, there was a fundraising effort in 2004 but it wasn’t an official Relay For Life event, that started in 2005.
The opening ceremony takes place tomorrow on Saturday 8th March but events start today. There’s a list of events here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/events-list/ That page gets updated regularly.
For those who don’t know, Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and has a long history of being involved in Second Life. There are many events and associated events throughout the year, some you may attend without even realising it’s a relay for life event. For example Fantasy Faire is part of the fundraising.
However this weekend sees the start of the main organisation and overall body for those fundraising efforts. Second Life users have over the years very generously donated Linden dollars which are then converted into real dollars for this cause.
The fundraising started in 2004, when a total of US$2,000 was raised since then a lot more money has been raised:
- 2005 - US$5,000
- 2006 - US$41,000
- 2007 - US$118,500
- 2008 - US$215,000
- 2009 - US$274,000
- 2010 - US$222,804
- 2011 - US$375,000
- 2012 - US$375,385
- 2013 - US$393,000
According to my calculator that’s a total of US$2,021,689 raised by Second Life users.