Plans do go wrong

WoW, just made it through a crazy week and looks like, that is not going to change for the next two as I try to juggle all the items on my plate.

As some of you know, I am a mature college student, taking an advertising and marketing program and I am down to the wire with the last few weeks of the course, so the workload is at heavy, as it will ever get.  And if that not enough, I am still actively trying to do what I can, with my team for Relay For Life of Second Life.

This past week, my part of the RFL ADvocacy team, held two events.

The first was a multi team event held with the team of Aether Chrononauts called the RFL Cartoon Caper of SL was people were encouraged to wear cartoon avatars.

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The second was an idea Aryon Dagger presented to me, centered on the idea that this year being the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society, to host a Formal Birthday Ball.

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Now as anyone knows, the best plans do often go astray, and both events had their measure of that.

At the Cartoon Capers, Aryon Dagger‘s DJ program decided to eat the play list and only play sound effects and was not able to perform the task at hand.

At the Formal Birthday Ball, the area we had set up the venue was on a different parcel to the one I had access to and didn’t discover my error, until the time it can to start the event. This oversight required me to move the whole venue across the sim and in so doing, lost the dance machine we had for the event.

However, the incredible thing about the people in Relay For Life of Second Life, is they are more than willing to help out and bless them all, helped pull off both events with grace and in the end, made both even a success. I am so humbled for everyone’s contribution in my time of need and crisis.

In the case of the Capers, DJ Al Red Rider stepped in to cover for Aryon time slot and I own him a debt of gratitude.

In the case of the Formal dance Gem Sunkiller and Sasha Fairywren team Captain of Team Shadow, both stepped in, to offer the guest a ride on their dance hud and we carried on, to what turned out to be another wonderful event for the team.

Holocluck Henly and his team members of RFL ADvocacy, have been busy too. Together we raised about $20,000 lindens this past week, and I am so delighted with everyone efforts.

However, the big and most delightful surprise was came from Jennifer Wolf when she was at a local event and the subject of Convio came up. Being the person she is, quickly put it out that she had a Convio account for her efforts in Relay, and bless her and her cousin’s best friend, donated $200 USD to the team.

I do have to say again, I am so thankful for everyone efforts and thankful for those that step in, to help in a moment panic, to carry the torch forward. I do not have the words to express my gratitude for what this did. Just saying thank you, just does not cut it.

But I also know, that at the core, this is the root of the One Team Ideal, that is Relay.

We are all in this for one reason, to do what we each can, for the HOPE we all carry in Relay. We are in this fight together, and problem is just another word for challenge, and challenges are to overcome, so that we all move forward as one. In this, I am delighted to do my little part and being a part of something, that is so big as the global fight to end this thing, called cancer.

Bain

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