Saturday, May 9, 2020
I have an important update for you that I'd like for you all to pause and read. It's long, but very important. A few years ago, we pressed the refresh button on our Relay because we saw that the community was struggling. We needed to focus on building for the future, rather than comparing ourselves to the past. I'm proud of every one of you for committing to that plan and I'm grateful to you for trusting in the vision. The result has been an explosion in new teams, a thriving community both in SL and on Discord and FB, more 'one team' feeling and actions, and a focus placed on helping each other improve wherever we can. Because of this new culture that we've created together, we have seen higher fundraising totals each year for the past 2 years. This year, COVID-19 changed Earth, and no one knew what to expect. Most nonprofits have struggled to keep the doors open because it became too difficult to raise money. Millions of people lost their jobs. Families struggled to adapt to a world of uncertainty. And while all this was going on, YOU found a way to lead your communities by giving them something positive and productive to do while continuing to battle a disease that will not stop and wait for this pandemic to end. Because of your integrity and your leadership, we now stand one month before our 2020 Relay event with $223,000 USD raised for the American Cancer Society. Our goal for 2020 was to raise $250K. That means we have one month to raise our last $27K...and to be honest, I've never been more confident about reaching a goal than I am right now. You have proven to me that when there's a challenge, you will beat it. You are all the type of people who make your only option...to succeed. This $27K goal for the next month is the most important $27K of the last three years because of what it represents. It is 27,000 pieces of evidence that the Relay community is the strongest community in Second Life when we work together. It is 27,000 ways that the RFL of SL is the beacon of hope for the Relay world, because while other Relays have had to cancel, you carried them through the night. It's 27,000 times more impactful for the cancer survivors and researchers who will receive less support from the general community because of COVID-19, and it's 27,000 steps toward proving to ourselves that no matter what is thrown in our way, we will win because we are in this together. We have each other's backs. We teach each other, coach each other, support one another, and we walk together every step of the way. I'm asking you all to make this Relay season one of the most memorable by making absolutely sure that we hit that $27,000 goal BEFORE June 7. Because when we do, we will party for 24 hours straight in celebration of what we've accomplished in honor of our friends and family who have fought cancer. So, who's with me? Who wants to finish strong? What will you do to help guarantee $27,000 in 27 days?