Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund Appeal
One of the biggest aid efforts in history is currently underway in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, following January 12th's earthquake in Haiti. An estimate of 200,000 died in the quake and its aftermath, and as many as a million people have been left homeless, but you don't need me to tell you these things, you know, you've seen. It's horrible. Rescue attempts to the troubled area were delayed due to infrastructure and political problems, but now aid is getting through, and what matters now is that there is sufficient resources for agencies such as the International Red Cross, the United Nations, Médecins Sans Frontières, and all the other providers of aid to help the survivors of the tragedy, start clearing away rubble, and rebuilding the nation.
Within Second Life, you can help by first donating what you can at Red Cross Donation kiosks, and spending what you have left at the fundraising event here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Scribble/128/128/401 . Scores of top designers have set up booths here, with all money from the purchases there going towards the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake fund. There are some beautiful pieces there, and everything I'm wearing in this post has come from there.
Another way you can help through shopping is by puchasing the special Limited Edition Alien Ozimals bunny, an Elite level rabbit designed by [europa]. I'd post a picture, but I daren't rez mine just yet, I'm still getting the hang of my normal rabbits! The [europa] Alien Ozimals Bunny is available for a limited period of time from the Future is Now event area at the Rezzable Greenies sim, here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Greenies%20Home%20Rezzable/133/128/339 and the bunny is strictly limited to one per avatar. All Ozimals profits will go to Yele.org, "a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief." There is also a Yere.org donation kiosk set up at the Ozimals mainstore (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ozimals/160/175/34), where you can get a commerorative (but not redeemable) Alien Bunny ticket.
Please, be generous in your donations, these people desperately need all the help we can give.
Outfit credits (all from the Haiti Relief Fundraising Event, SLurl above)
Skin: Rockberry - Jules Red Cross LIGHT
Hair: Audacity - Despair - Haiti
Shirts, Belt, Pants: hc&co - Haiti Set (also includes shoes, not shown)
Boots: *SMOTD* - Red Cowboy Boots for Haiti
Necklace: [mpb] - The White Rose
Eyes: )(mlo)( Crystal Eyes - Haiti 1
Skin: Cupcakes - Cameo - Diamond
Hair: Tiny Bird - LoveLoveLove - Pomegranate
Pants: (as above)
Shirt: *Fishy Strawberry* - Wings Tee Red
Shoes: Haiti Flats by Charlee Rae
Eyes: )(mlo)( Crystal Eyes - Haiti 4
Poses: esme for (pda) - myth.takes