Here is a wonderful message from our 2015 Community Ambassador, Gem Sunkiller!
Advocacy is the process or act of supporting a cause or proposal. As we reach out beyond the traditional walls of Relay For Life of Second Life, it is important that we not only spread the word that Relay is here in Second Life, but also to explain why we Relay, and what becomes of the funds donated. By becoming advocates for Relay For Life, and The American Cancer Society, we then are given the opportunity to educate, and bring understanding of exactly what it is that we are about. It is through this process that we can help change lives by presenting the variety of programs The American Cancer Society offers, both here in Second Life and out there in the world beyond.
What do most people really want to know about Relay For Life? Some of the questions that I am most often asked pertain to where the money goes, what exactly do our funds support, and a desire to know why we have such a passion. Everyone has a story, a reason they Relay. It’s these stories that make up the fabric of Relay For Life. Advocacy is the work of every person in our Relay For Life of Second Life. Tell your stories often, and ask others to share theirs. In the telling you are an advocate, supporting the cause of Relay For Life.
Mission walks hand in hand with Advocacy. When we present the mission of the American Cancer Society, we open the door to educate and empower. That mission, which is very simply stated, is to create a world with more birthdays. The list of ways that mission takes form is varied and lengthy. For more in depth information please go to www.cancer.org , the home of the American Cancer Society on the internet. The Society can also be reached at 1-800-277-2345.
I was delighted when asked to serve as Community Ambassador for 2015, this gives me an opportunity to talk with as many people, communities, and businesses about Relay For Life of Second Life. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me inworld, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article will also be posted to Gem’s new blog, gemsnuggets.wordpress.com. Check it out!
We thank Gem and all of our volunteers for all you do for The Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair to support Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.