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When worlds collide…

A few weeks ago I sat and watched as a town halfway around the world, was devastated by it’s second earthquake in less than 6 months.

Through my  “second life”, I’ve come to call some New Zealanders friends. Although I don’t sit beside them at a ballgame, or watch their kids play sports, I do interact with them every day. Just recently, I, along with some other friends, received a gift in the mail of some fantastic handmade jewelry from one of these friends. So, although I don’t physically see them every day, I do consider them friends, in all worlds.

As the news coverage started to show the pictures of Christchurch, I sat here stunned, thinking what if this were my town? What if they were my neighbors. How can we help them when they are so far away?

I am lucky enough to be a part of Second Life and to have the tools to easily reach out to friends, no matter their physical location. As I’ve seen happen, time and time again, Second Lifers showed just how generous they can be. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a community that comes together for charities quite like those in Second Life. The offers to help were literally overwhelming.  One person said to me–thank you all for doing this and I replied…”How could we not?”  There was never a question that we’d reach out and hold the hands of our neighbors.

$3600NZ was given to the NZ Red Cross today from our GCR fundraiser. Thank you to Jori, Hibi and Kat for helping me organize it and to Jori another thank you for the venue space. A huge thank you to the creators for the gift of your time. Thank you to everyone who made it happen –your support means the world to our New Zealand friends.

Once again, a reminder that no matter where I sit when I’m talking to you, beside you at dinner, behind my monitor, we are all friends and there truly is only one world, one life.

Shelly/Michelle

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First off..thank you!

To all of you that have passed and repassed and replurked and regurgitated this info.

A very early stage list of participants follows:

KMADD-Maddox Dupont

Exile-Kavar Cleanslate

Stellar-Lexi Morgan

Purangi Designs-Hibiscus Flossburg

MOOD-Jori Watler

Clutter-Kat Alderson

Zoe’s Garden-Adele Rhiadra

Tacky Star-Aura Falta

Kouse’s Sanctum-Kouse Singh

POSEUR-Melanie774 Kidd

[Insatiable Fashions]-AliannaMarie Gossipgirl’

No Strings Attached’-Milli Santos

Crackberry-jemima Clowes

Snowpaws-Carrie Snowpaws

DCNY-Anessa Stine

Gesticulate-Gidge Uriza, Elusyve Jewell

Shine-Brandy Rasmuson

**Please note–the avatar who will handle the funds is already set up and able to take donations. If you prefer to drop a donation directly, please donate to GardenCityRelief Resident**

As I’m sure you all know, a devestating earthquake hit Christchurch NZ for the second time in 6 months, this time causing much more damage and loss of life.

Along with some other Second Lifers, I’m organizing a fundraiser to benefit those affected by this tragedy. Currently we have space from Jori Watler and a small group of creators willing to donate items.
What you can do to help:
Spread the word.
Commit to a donation. Your item must be a quality item that you are willing to donate 100% of the proceeds to this cause. This is not a fair with a charity attached. This is 100%. Your item does not need to be new, nor does it need to be exclusive, though those things certainly help.
No time to make something? We will have a donation box set up–drop in the cost of your morning latte. It’s greatly appreciated!
Blog blog blog!!! Get excited!
If you are interested in making a donation item, please contact me with your name and the name of your store.  You drop me a note in world, comment on this blog, reach me on plurk  http://www.plurk.com/ShellyToonie or facebook or email me at shellytoonie@gmail.com.
I’m hoping to start the fundraiser run from Saturday Feb 26 thru Saturday Mar 5th.
Thanks for your help and interest.
For more information on how you can help, please visit this website:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708187