With the donation bears returned to their owners this weekend, the Tradewinds Yacht Club fundraiser for victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan ends. It can be called a success: the auction of sailboats and other virtual goods alone has brought in 302,944 Linden Dollars, bringing the totals for the entire week well above 400.000L. That is a lot of money for a bunch of volunteers in a virtual world. Try to collect that door-to-door these days with only a handful of volunteers…
Japan Donation Bears piling up at Tradewinds Yacht Club
With an immense amount of bears piled up at the yacht club, it was clear to see how the community as a whole showed their support for our Japanese friends, who are going through a difficult time now and don’t login as frequently as we are used to.
Tasha Kostolany, main organiser with JakeSpeed Northman
Many thanks go out to the small army of volunteers who made the whole event possible. Not just organisers JakeSpeed Northman and Tasha Kostolany, who worked like crazy for a week, but a bunch of others as well: the musicians, the donators of the auctioned boats and items, the people who bid and bought, the people who bought and placed the Donation Bears, the organisers of the special races and events around the event. It has been a great display of solidarity in our virtual world.
Thanks to all!