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The auction for various Second Life personalities, going on for Feed a Smile, organised by the Mad Pea group is coming to a highly successful end at the Mad City.

Feed a Smile Auction

Feed a Smile Auction

What’s up for auction? Some people are offering their company – but many of whom are offering their skill sets (as Saffia and Logan Ellsmere – better known as Mr Biggins- are doing) to those fortunate to win them.  For example, you could have a portrait taken by Strawberry Singh, a pair of boots by Cutea Benelli, or work on a collaborative 2D artwork with Taralyn Gravois.

The aim is to raise L$1.2 million and at the time of writing, over 870,000 has been raised (as you can see from the picture). With luck the target should be met as the auction will end with a Live Auction event running all today!

The schedule is as follows:

7:00 AM Pre-event Party Live Entertainer: Sunshine Szavanna
8:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Milk Chan (kattington resident)
8:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Pooky Amsterdam
8:30 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Draxtor Despres
8:45 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Arduenn Schwartzman
9:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Abramelin Wolfe
9:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Aeonix Aeon (Will Burns)
9:30 AM Live Entertainer: Starrfish Ohmai
10:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Harter Fall

Auction Poster

Auction Poster

10:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Saffia Widdershins
11:30 AM Live Entertainer: Shannon Oherlihy
11:00 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Flufee McFluff
11:15 AM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Mr. Biggins (Logan Ellsmere)
11:30 AM Live Entertainer: KatRose Serendipity and Denny Mac
12:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kiana Writer
12:30 PM Live Entertainer: Kess Crystal
1:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kess Crystal
1:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Bryn Oh
1:30 PM Live Entertainer: Jean Munro
2:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Victor1st Mornington
2:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Betty Tureaud
2:30 PM Live Entertainer: Twostep Spiritweaver
3:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Sean (bluesean yiyuan)
3:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Noma Falta
3:30 PM Live Entertainer: Chandra Deed
4:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: naxosloon
4:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Jaimy Hancroft
4:30 PM Live Entertainer: Marky Helstein
5:00 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: TBA
5:15 PM SL Celebrity Auctioned: Kehl Razor
5:30 PM Live Entertainer: TerryLynn Melody
6:00 PM Live Entertainer: NeoMaximus Brandenburg
6:30 PM Live Entertainer: OneSummer Oh
7:00 PM Live Entertainer: Grace McDunnough

Feed a Smile
You can see more about the Live and Learn in Kenya International charity here (the charity behind Feed a Smile) – and there is a Drax Files show all about the charity here. You can also visit the Feed a Smile region in Second Life.

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Home and Garden Expo 2014

Home and Garden Expo 2014

It’s been announced that the Home and Garden Expo will be moving to September this year – the announcement appeared yesterday on the website:

Due to some unforeseeable circumstances and misunderstandings, the staff of the 7th Annual Second Life Home and Garden Expo deems it prudent to reschedule the event.

It’s very clear from the announcement that this decision was undertaken only with the utmost reluctance by Kat Alderson, the very hard-working organiser of the event, and it’s brave of her to have made such a radical decision, which won’t come without costs.

We had decided to be a Platinum Sponsor for this event (as we have been for the past five years), and we have confirmed our sponsorship of the September event.

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo

The view from the Prim Perfect taverna at the Home and Garden Expo in 2013

I would be interested to hear what readers of this blog feel about this change. Speaking personally, I can see advantages and disadvantages.

1) The “Event Season” is very overcrowded. Starting (well, from my perspective) with One Billion Rising in February, we move to the Start-Up for Relay for Life, Fashion for Life, the Home Show, the Fantasy Faire, the Home and Garden Expo, the Breedables Fair, Halfway There Fair, Paint SL Purple, Second Life Birthday, Relay for Life Weekend and the Hair Fair – and that takes us to the end of July. That’s six months and twelve major events, some lasting ten days to two weeks.

Add in smaller Fairs and Expos, regular but popular events like the Gatcha and Collaborate (I can never remember the damn spelling) to say nothing of all the team events by which the 200+ RFL teams raise their contributions, and that’s a pretty over0crowded six months not just for attendees but for creators. And for most of those creatives, they are juggling keeping businesses going and balancing real lives as well (summer exams anyone?).

So moving a major event (a mega-event) to outside this crowded season on one level makes a lot of sense.

Robin Wood's lovely mesh quilt and stand - sold for Relay for Life

Robin Sojourner’s lovely mesh quilt and stand – sold for Relay for Life at the Expo in 2013

2) This is going to be problematic for a lot of creators. I know some had long term plans for the Home and Garden Expo (in one case, 18 months of planning a very major new release!).  The Home and Garden Expo has become seen as the place to launch new products. It’s not just the attendees – it’s also a great opportunity for creatives to meet each other, to share ideas, to discuss plans. And to say a quiet but very smug, “Ta Da!” as they raise the curtian on their latest gorgeous project.

How will a delay affect them?  To put back a planned release by four months could stack up to a lot of lost revenue. Or it could be a bonus – some extra time for tweaking.

For creatives looking to release sooner than September, an alternative might be something like the commercial Home Show.  But this may be too limited for some of the grander launches that would fit better with the Expo – unless the Home Show itself expanded.

The new Maven Home at the Home and Garden Expo

Cain Maven’s gorgeous Casa Anantine, released at the 2012 Home and Garden Expo

For the Home and Garden Expo is perhaps unique among the mega-events in that Home and Garden creators will often be working on large-scale projects that can take several months to complete. These may not be their only releases during this time, but they will probably be the most important.

It would certainly be a shame if the Home and Garden Expo lost its reputation as the annual event at which to launch major new projects. At all events, this might be the case this year but – if September becomes a new month for the Expo, the ever-flexible creatives will doubtless adapt – just look at the way they have survived myriad changes from the Lab.  But I suspect that the thing that is going to decide this is certainty. If September does become the new month for the Expo, then designers can factor that into their planning. If it becomes a moveable feast … less so.

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo: Photo by PJ Trenton

The Linden Home pavilion on the Prim Perfect area at the Home and Garden Expo 2011: Photo by PJ Trenton

3) I think there could be inherent problems with siting an RFL event outside the conventional RFL season.

In the past, the theory has been that there is a five month RFL season stretching from mid-February to mid-July. Outside that, people have a chance to rest, relax and rebuild energies. Over the last few years, there has also been the Christmas Expo. By and large, that has attracted enthusiastic support. It filled a void left by Linden Lab’s decision not to continue with Winterfair, and it was the occasion for events that have become increasingly popular in themselves – such as the Avi Choice Awards and the Race for the Bells.

Is setting a second mega event outside the Relay for Life Season going to prove detrimental to the cause that RFL is supporting?

Cancer is an issue that touches all of us. Finding not just “a cure for cancer” but cures – and prevention – for the full spectrum of diseases that are given the name of cancer is one of the core issues of our time. Alleviating the suffering that cancer causes – both to people diagnosed with one of the diseases and the people who support, care for and love them – is a vitally important task.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo 2010010

But RFL is raising money for one nationally-based cancer charity (the American Cancer Society). It is not news that people have expressed concerns about the dominant role it plays in fundraising on the grid – although on the flipside it is a very positive demonstration of what virtual worlds can achieve. Let’s just say that the whole issue is not without controversy.

And, of course, there are other people fundraising too who might feel – well, a little squashed by the RFL juggernaut. There are, after all, other people fundraising for different causes -a huge number of causes. There are also other people fundraising for different cancer charities, such as the Boobiethon held every October. To take a personal example, Dousa Dragonash and I both organised events in support of the British cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support last September – with our own virtual versions of the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

So will this further expansion of the RFL season be seen positively or negatively by the grid inhabitants? Or are they less interested in the cause than the event itself? Could you (for example) tell me without googling which charities are supported by the Hair Fair, Shoetopia and the Boobiethon? Does it, in the end, make little difference as long as some good cause is supported – or even if it’s a completely commercial event but with really good content and entertainment?

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Expo 2008 – - our first appearance!

As for the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect will certainly be there, and as a Platinum Sponsor. On the one hand, we will be grateful for a little more leeway in our support season as we move from OBR to Fantasy Faire to SL11B to Relay Weekend. On the other, we’ll be deep in production for The Blackened Mirror and staging our second Cake for Cancer event for Macmillan Cancer Support. We hope to stage our regular Talks with Designers at the Expo this year and to film the Expo for Designing Worlds too, as we usually do. And – fingers crossed – we’ll also be doing our daily lantern release at 4pm (which has come to be very special to many people). That’s a time to set aside all the commercial considerations and fuss, and spend a little time in peaceful thought and sharing, and we’d hate to give that up.

Watching the lanterns rise

Watching the lanterns rise on the Prim Perfect Stage at the 2012 Expo

So – how will the change affect you? Are you pleased, annoyed, or feel it really doesn’t matter? We’re interested in hearing in comments below!

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Avi Choice poster

Avi Choice poster

Today is the last day to vote for the Avi Choice Awards!  You still have time to vote in the four areas: Entertainment Categories; Fashion Categories; Home and Garden Categories; and Miscellaneous Categories.

Prim Perfect is thrilled to be nominated (for the third year running) for Favorite Magazine, Newspaper or Periodical, and Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting! have both been nominated in the Favorite SL TV Show. We find ourselves among many friends on the list – and it’s exciting for all of us to have been nominated.  Last year, we were thrilled to be chosen for Prim Perfect magazine – and it’s an honour to be chosen to be there again.

And you still have time to go and vote!

With some many people nominated and so many others eager to attend, it has been hugely difficult to fit everyone in to the Avi Awards venue, and some people have been unable to get tickets.

But, in fact, you can have a party of your own! Aview TV, who are providing the streaming for the event, have supplied us with moddable TV screens that you can take and set up in your own locations. You can watch the livestream feed – from 3pm on Sunday 15th December – and take part in the online chat!

A corner of the Avi Choice Award Theatre

A corner of the Avi Choice Award Theatre

The show will also be available on the web at http://aviewtv.com/live.

Why not host your own Avies Party?

Aview TV

Aview TV

You can set up the screen on your own land, mod it to a large size, and watch the show with all your friends (or cuustomers).  The advantage is that the location may not be quite so lagged – and you can also throw popcorn at the screen if your favourites don’t win!

NB throwing popcorn at the live Avi Choice event is not looked on with any favour …

You can collect your TVs from:
Prim Perfect Head Offices
Designing Worlds StudioThe Daily Prim in Seraph City
The Primgraph Press in Caledon
Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Second Life Christmas Expo

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Join us today at 3pm for the Prim Perfect Talk with Mikel Monk of The Men’s Department, and Nikki Mathieson of Relay for Life, the Home and Garden Expo and, of course, the Christmas Expo in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder, where we’ll be having a very special discussion about holding major events in a virtual world.

Meet the Organisers!

Meet the Organisers!

And then at 5pm, DeAnn Dufaux will be talking about her beautiful store Park Place, and also about her work as Educational Director at Builders’ Brewery.  This is a very exciting time to be learning new skills in Second Life, and the Brewery are helping many, many builders improve their knowledge of and skills with mesh! Come and hear DeAnn discuss this!

Meet DeAnn

Meet DeAnn

And we also have a full schedule of our talks over the whole of the Christmas Expo.

Date Time Topic / Interviewee Store or Business
Thurs, 5th Dec 5pm Cain Maven and Kaerri Rae Maven Homes, Quantum Luxury Homes and Kaerri
Fri, 6th Dec 5pm Elle Kirshner Second Spaces
Sat, 7th Dec 3pm Draxtor Despres & Jo Yardley The Drax Files, The Drax Files Podcasts and 1920s Berlin
Sat, 7th Dec 5pm Cracked Mirror Cracked Mirror
Sun, 8th Dec 12 noon Auryn Beorn Black Tulip
Sun, 8th Dec 5pm Callie Cline KittyCatS! and caLLie cLine
Mon, 9th Dec 12 noon Froukje Hoorenbeeke and Colleen Desmoulins Dutchie and The Loft
Mon, 9th Dec 5pm Sensuous Maximus Builders’ Brewery
Tues, 10th Dec 12 noon Debs Regent SL London
Tues, 10th Dec 2pm Jimmy Branagh and Myrtil Igaly Urchins of Babbage
Wed, 11th Dec 3pm Events of Second Life: Cracked Mirror and Isla Gealach FaMeshed, Liaison Collaborative & The Neighborhood
Thurs, 12th Dec 2pm Events of Second Life: Mikel Monk and Nikki Mathieson The MENs Department, RFL and Home and Garden Expo
Thurs, 12th Dec 5pm DeAnn Dufaux Park Place
Fri, 13th Dec 12 noon Isla Gealach Cheeky Pea
Fri, 13th Dec 2pm Ladies of Mesh: Paige Raven, Charlotte Bartlett,
Cracked Mirror & more
Cozy Himes, Scarlet Creative, Cracked Mirror & more
Fri, 13th Dec 5pm Ladies of Mesh: TBA
Sat, 14th Dec 2pm Bad Boys of Mesh: Cain Maven, Loz Hyde, Maxwell Graf,
Agustkov, Roscko Cobalt
Maven Homes & Quantum Luxury Home, MESHWORX, Rustica,
Remarkable Oblivion, Seven Emporium

In addition – have you voted for the Avie Choice Awards? Prim Perfect, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting have all been nominated – as well as events we have played a part in organising such as Second Life’s Tenth Birthday, One Billion Rising and the Home and Garden Expo … as well as many, many friends across Second Life.

So do go and vote for your favourites!

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Elephants at Patron this Christmas!

Elephants at Patron this Christmas!

There is something very special happening at Eliza Wierwight’s fabulous store PATRON this Christmas.  Some more, I mean, than Eliza setting out her gorgeous Christmas trees, objets d’art and decorations (and champagne for the thirsty shopper).

This year there will be elephants too.

Get your elepphantine Christmas topiary at Patron!

Get your elepphantine Christmas topiary at Patron!

This year Eliza will be the offical contract to act on behalf of the Save the Elephant Foundation in Second Life.  To raise money for the Foundation, Eliza is  releasing at PATRON the cutest Christmas Tree Topiary in the form of a baby Elephant (the design was approved by SEF). The aim of the fundraising is to sponsor 35 Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park … well, actually 34, as Eliza and her son are sponsoring the first elephant themselves! When YOU buy it 100% proceeds will be going to “SaveElephantFoundation Resident”  (driven by Eliza for now) and as each Elephant is sponsored in totality she will be making announcements via my Group and Subscribers – and we’ll report them here too!

I have long known Eliza loves elephants. When she designed our beautiful pavilion for the Second Life Christmas Expo in 2011, there were elephants on the roof of our dacha-style build. Neither of us were entuirely sure why – “They just felt right,” Eliza said to me – and I had to agree.

Prim Perfect at the Christmas Expo - designed and photographedby Eliza Wierwright

Prim Perfect Pavilion at the Christmas Expo 2011, created by Eliza Wierwight. With elephants.

So why did she decide to get involved in this charity?

Let Eliza take up the story …

Every year in so many ways Second Life citizens as  Community share so many wonderful opportunities to support brilliant Charitable Organizations out there making significant positive impacts in people’s lives. I’ve had the privilege more times than I can recount  via my Avatar Eliza Wierwight and  my business  PATRON to support  so many over the years.

Now I digress momentarily, an -almost- elephants tale. By Eliza.

Recently,  my son and I debated watching a movie together. Due to the hours I spend working in front of a screen about the last thing I really want to do for recreation is sit in front of another one (though to be honest I love my work and in some genuine  ways it has aspects of recreation about it). However, as we’ve just relocated far across Australia and he was missing his usual social circle I agreed providing we could both find something we’d  equally enjoy. He was more than content with the prospect,  so we cruised something to download and settled on “How I Became an Elephant”. He really likes Elephants, I like documentaries, win/win.

What I was unaware of when I sat next to my son that day was that I was  about to get a sincere education dispelling all the romantic myths I had in my head about experiences with Elephants over my lifetime. I discovered a group of insightful people and a plight that so got under my skin I was unable to chalk it up  to merely ‘interesting and informative’ then  move on with my life. If you’ve seen this documentary already then perhaps what I’m sharing has already resonated to  you. If you haven’t may I please recommend it.

[Huge respect  to Juliette West - I never initiated something so profound at her tender age, incredible young woman. and all those at  Rattle the Cage Productions]

A few days straggled past, life is always busy but I just couldn’t get these Elephants out of my head. Having coffee at day break, waiting for the caffeine to shake hands with my brain cells, reading emails and I find myself in Google looking for a more direct source information regarding the Elephant Sanctuary I’d viewed earlier in the week.

I settled on “Save the Elephant Organisation/Foundation”  having cross referenced facts I had retained from the earlier viewing. My son wakes  up, blunders  out to our family room still half asleep,  an incredible sunrise has developed at this point into  an exquisite day, I’m  still cruising the SEF website store. So I greet my son and ask him,  “Hey darling, good morning, want to buy lunch for some elephants today ?”  He smiles (probably thinks here she goes again, he likes my eccentricities though,  bless him), a little Paypal interaction on both our behalf’s  and it was a done deal. We had a brilliant day after that, it felt so grass roots proactive, I felt good. I usually feel good, this was a different kind of good, this was satisfying. I didn’t part with a kings ransom to do this and after all it’s just a a single meal for each of the two elephants we committed to,  but as I said,  it felt good, it felt honest, it felt practical.

I am not going to wax lyrical about the people involved in this Organization, they already have my hugest respect. While I sit fairly comfortable in my home they are out there putting everything on the line to save and rehabilitate these incredible creatures. If you do nothing else after reading this then I implore you to at least take the 5 mins and 22 seconds to acquaint yourself with Sangduan “Lek” Chailert. This woman and her work is nothing short of a masterpiece.

[Biography for her presentation to US congress in 2010]

To continue, I came across a significant life challenge recently (don’t we all), one of those kinds where you have to decide whether to engage in a toxic situation and feed into the insanity or have the wisdom to  gracefully as possible move forward. I decided on the wise approach  but it left me with this intense emotive energy that genuinely required direction. Why not direct the adrenaline of something negative which I had at best the only control over  to remove myself from and turn it into a genuine  positive, then the Elephant’s plight returned to me……

Dr Jane Goodall endorses “How I Became and Elephant” (warning disturbing content included)

Sat back, mused a few ideas then emailed  Save The Elephant Organization with the proposal that  I would like to  engage the Second Life Community via my Business to sponsor all 35 Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park (and perhaps Surin as well  down the line). now  I’ve never directly wrangled a new Charitable Organization from the ground up in Second LIfe & it took a few weeks of emails going back and forth explaining my passion  & respect for their endeavors, my goals and the  real stretch which is having people feel comfortable that this would all take place in the context of the ‘gaming Industry’.  Okay Second Life is special,  we already know this, it’s not atypical ‘gaming’ but there has to be a tangible point of reference in these matters. It was also important to me that they understood that my actions on their behalf would  combine two main factors, that I’d be a good Ambassador for their work as well as provide an accountable and  completely transparent progression of funds raised.

Still with me ? Officially as of today, and with much pride,  I have an official  contract to act on behalf of SEF in Second Life  and I couldn’t feel more privileged to have earned  their trust in this matter. In the next 24 hours I’ll be releasing at PATRON the cutest Christmas Tree Topiary in the form of a baby Elephant ( the design was approved by SEF). When YOU buy it 100% proceeds will be going to “SaveElephantFoundation Resident”  (driven by me for now) and as each Elephant is sponsored in totality I’ll be making announcements via my Group and Subscribers.

If there is any question to whether I put my money where my mouth is, my son and I are sponsoring outright the first of the 35 her name is Mae Bua Loy.

Meet MaeBuaLoy

Meet MaeBuaLoy

Born in 1965m=, her name means ‘Floating Lotus’ and she was rescued from the Surin province in 2008. Mae Bua Loy’s first job was in illegal logging. Her back right leg was broken during this time, and since she was unable to do heavy labor, she was used for street-begging. Sadly, she was used in a ‘breeding program’, and at one point was kept chained continuously for 3 months and forcibly mounted 29 times. She didn’t become pregnant, so her owner decided to get rid of her. At the park, she’s found a best friend in Mae Boon Ma.

Save the Elephant Foundation
http://www.saveelephant.org
Save the Elephant Foundation is a Thai non–profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations. You can learn more about it on the website – and at PATRON.

Elephants enjoying the Patron Fountains!

Elephants enjoying the Patron Fountains!

 

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We celebrated the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World on Friday 27th September and we raised over US$118 by selling our virtual cakes (and their real recipes!).  That money has been sent already to Macmillan Cancer Support – as you can see on our Just Giving Page, where you can still donate.

Cake Agauinst Cancer Cart at the Acorn Hunt in Old Europe

Cake Against Cancer Cart at the Acorn Hunt in Old Europe

However, thanks to Up4Dawes of Old Europe, you will still have chance to buy one or more of our cakes (and recipes). Maybe it will be the coffee cakes that tempt you, or Babcia’s Pistachio Cake or the Beer and Bacon Cupcakes …

Up4 Dawes has given us a market stall at his Acorn Hunt through to October 14th. So if you missed out on your cakes – now is the time to come and get them!

Cake Against Cancer Poster

Cake Against Cancer Poster

cake against cancer cart ad

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All this weekend, the cakes will be set out at the Prim Perfect Head Offices in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Come and buy your virtual cake – and get a real life recipe to go with it!

Cake Against Cancer

Cake Against Cancer

And with each recipe set at only 50 Lindens, you could amass quite a few new and exciting recipes!

So come and join us, help us raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – and enjoy some delicious cakes too!

Learn more about Macmillan Cancer Support here: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/
See our Just Giving Page here: http://www.justgiving.com/PrimPerfect

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Cake Against Cancer poster

Cake Against Cancer poster

Join us at our Head Offices as we hold our own inworld coffee morning on Friday 27th September in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Biggest Coffee Morning in the World!

We have coffee and cake for you – and each virtual cake gives you the recipe – so you can have your virtual cake, and eat it in your First Life!

And with each recipe set at only 50 Lindens, you could amass quite a few new and exciting recipes!

Cake Day
There’ll be music too – from DJs Victor Mornington (11am – 1pm SLT) and David Abbott (1pm – 3pm SLT).

The cakes will be available all weekend.

So come and join us, help us raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – and enjoy some delicious cakes too!

Come for Coffee!

Come for Coffee!

Learn more about Macmillan Cancer Support here: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/
See our Just Giving Page here: http://www.justgiving.com/PrimPerfect

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Come for Coffee!

Come for Coffee!

The Macmillan Coffee Morning is this Friday (27th September) when we’ll be holding a special coffee morning at the Prim Perfect Head Offices from 11am – 3pm SLT.

There will be virtual coffee and cake … and fantastic music from DJs Victor1st Mornington (from 11am – 1pm) and David Abbott (1pm – 3pm). 

Cake Day

Cake Day is Coming!

And there will be cake too … people have been sending in their recipes – and you will be able to buy these – along with a slice of virtual cake!

All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support – you can also donate directly at the Prim Perfect Just Giving site (the name of the person behind the site is Saffia’s real life identity).

If you’d like to contribute a cake (or a recipe) of your own – go here.

And don’t miss the Coffee Morning that Metaverse TV will be holding too!

Their Coffee Morning will be held on Pearl Island, part of the Metaverse TV installation, which has been home to The Gerry Blache Virtual Project for a few months now.  Entitled, “A Wonderful Gift,” a film streams in-world at the Island, in which Gerry talks about her diagnosis of cancer, her experience with the professionals, and family around her. Metaverse TV runs the film in five parts, and Pearl Island is open 24/7.

Talking About Cancer on Pearl Island

Talking About Cancer on Pearl Island

It is Gerry’s wish that anyone wishing to do so would donate to the Macmillan Organization and the wonderful Macmillan Nurses.  The more money raised, the more accessibility to this invaluable service that can be facilitated.  A collection box is located on Pearl Island, where Metaverse TV has been been accepting donations on behalf of the Macmillan Fund.

The coffee morning at Metaverse TV will start at 7am and continue until “we drop!” they promise.

So why not take in both coffee mornings on September 27th, and support a really wonderful charity?

Coffee at Prim Perfect

Coffee at Prim Perfect

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Do you have a favourite cake recipe? Share it with Prim Perfect – and you can help us raise money to fight against cancer!

Coffee at Prim Perfect

Come for Coffee at Prim Perfect!

 Every year the world’s biggest coffee morning is organised in the United Kingdom by Macmillan Cancer Support to raise money for its work in the fight against cancer. In 2012, 115,000 people signed up, raising nearly £15,000,000 – that’s nearly US$23,400,000.

How do they raise the money with a coffee morning?
The event started in 1990 when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle – as they might ordinarily do – but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.

Coffee Morning at Prim Perfect Head Offices

Coffee Morning at Prim Perfect Head Offices

The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective, one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £75 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Prim Perfect is getting involved too!
This year, the World’s Biggest Coffee is on September 27th 2013 – and Prim Perfect will be holding a special coffee morning at our Headquarters to raise money for the event. The event will be held at Pointe LaRue Isle from 11am to 3pm SLT – and along with cake and coffee, there will be music to dance to as well!

How do you hold a coffee morning in a virtual world?
Well, we will be selling slices of cake… but when you buy a slice, in addition to the slice of virtual cake, you will also get a real recipe – so you can make the cake in your First Life and enjoy it with family and friends.

How can I contribute?
1. You can come to the coffee morning and buy some cake!

2. You can make a cake, add your favourite recipe, and send it (full perms) to Zadira Barzane, who will be putting them out on offer for the coffee morning.  If you are not an experienced builder, there are instruction how to make simple cakes on Page 114 of the latest issue of Prim Perfect – and the inworld issue has a free giveaway toolbox to help you!

Make a Cake Against Cancer!

Make a Cake Against Cancer!

3. Or you can send your recipe to Zadira Barzane inworld or at zadira.barzane@gmail.com – and we will bake a cake for you!

3. You can host your own coffee morning anywhere on the grid – and send the money to our Just Giving page. This money will be registered (so we can see how much we raise through the coffee morning) and will be sent securely and directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

On the grid, all the money from cakes and donations will go to an avatar we have created especially for the event – Macmillan CoffeeMorning (with a registered name of CoffeeMorning Resident).

Metaverse TV
Dousa Dragonash and Metaverse TV are also organising an event that will go on over the whole weekend – we’ll have more on that shortly!

Macmillan's Coffee Morning

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

Macmillan in Second Life
Macmillan Cancer Support do have an office inworld which opened in 2007 (not 2008, as this article states): http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/206/macmillan_launches_cancer_centre_in_second_life, and they also held a coffee morning in 2007. The site is still there – although the links to some of the materials seem to be out of date. The office is maintained by the development team that brought Macmillan inworld, but there is no longer any active engagement by Macmillan on the grid.

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