Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Operation Squeegee kicks off July 1st

Typically I am not very serious when it comes to Second Life, real life is serious enough, but today I am reflecting on the momentum that has generated over the past weeks as people from all over the grid have come together to help raise awareness and raise support for an important charity.  I am a good way.

Fire GOOD!!! is participating in Operation Squeegee July 1st through July 15th.  Operation Squeegee is a Second Life fundraiser for the National Wildlife Federation to help recovery from the ongoing oil-spill in the gulf coast ecosystem.  The headquarters for this fundraising event is the Home Sim, Ctrl Shift H.  Currently open to group members only, the Operation Squeegee parcel will open to the public July 1st.  More information on the fundraiser, participants, and grid-wide events can be found on the Operation Squeegee site.

It has been so heartwarming to see this event go from an idea and plurk conversation among a few friends to a full blown charity event in such a short time.  Thank you Further Monday for your inspiration and for your boldness in taking an idea from the "someone should do something" stage and casting a focused vision enabling such a wide variety of people to be able to jump in, commit, and take meaningful action.  Thank you to the Ctrl Shift H sim ownership team for your openness and generosity to donate time, land, and energy to host this event.  Heartfelt thanks to all of the bloggers, vendors, performers, volunteers and all involved in committing your time, talent, imagination, and energy to make this event happen.

As I have witnessed this event come together so magically, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes, I'll share with you:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: 

          'Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. 
          Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'"

W. H. Murray -  in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951

OK enough's my silly gift for all those who visit the event.

I LOVE little baby ducks.  I have had the privilege of caring for rescued baby ducks on two occasions, and even though it was an all too brief experience, they made me MELT  -so cute and cuddly and silly.  So...I made this to share with the Op Squeegee visitors.You can pick this up at the Fire GOOD!!! Cart at the Operation Squeegee headquarters beginning July 1st.
I'll share the Fire GOOD!!! charity items in another post.

Here are just a couple preview snapshots of the event the feeds for more on this event.

I hope that you will visit the Operation Squeegee headquarters, and participate in the events related to this exciting fundraiser.  The event is being held on the parcel just behind the Fire GOOD!!! main store.



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