Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bid4aCure Group Launches "Stop the Shots" in Second Life

I'd become aquatinted with the cause and wonderful lady who runs Bid4aCure two years ago when I interviewed her for an article which appeared in the SL Newspaper. The cause itself had become a personal one for me that year and I am grateful for both the efforts put forth by Ms Sands and the Bid4aCure crew and in providing my support for them. In 2010, the team raised over 900,000, which when considering the economic times, it was an amazing success. The money was shared between the two organizations noted below in her attached note. The high light event of the drive and favorite of mine is the date auction of which your truly has been on the block two years running and I will again this year. More to follow on that at the date gets closer.

Please contact her or any of the other crew members noted below to help out. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Dear Kin,

I am writing to you to let you know about Bid4aCure.  This charity event, scheduled for the month of September 2011, raises money in Second Life for Diabetes Research, splitting all proceeds evenly between two members of the International Diabetes Federation.  This drive is in its fourth year and for all years I have been in close contact with both DiabetesUK and the American Diabetes Association.  All funds are accounted for and receipts are available both on my website and on the Bid4aCure site. 

I need your help.   I am seeking SIM owners, entertainers, DJs and venues that are willing to host events this September 2011 and help us to raise money to Stop the Shots. 

Please contact me, Adrian Harbinger, Argus Collingwood, Hare Fadoodle, Ilyra Chardin, or  Miyam Letov and let us know if you are willing and able to help us support this very worthy cause.  

I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Jocelyn Sands

Bid4aCure is a fund-raiser event, in its fifth year, that will be held this year in the month of September 2011.  We raise money for diabetes research for member organizations of the International Diabetes Federation: Diabetes UK and the American Diabetes Association:

Why Bid4aCure?

• Diabetes currently affects 246 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 380 million by 2025.
  In 2007, the five countries with the largest numbers of people with diabetes are India (40.9 million), China (39.8 million), the United States (19.2 million), Russia (9.6 million) and Germany (7.4 million).
  In 2007, the five countries with the highest diabetes prevalence in the adult population are Nauru (30.7%), United Arab Emirates (19.5%), Saudi Arabia (16.7%), Bahrain(15.2%), and Kuwait (14.4%).
  By 2025, the largest increases in diabetes prevalence will take place in developing countries.
  Each year a further 7 million people develop diabetes.
  Each year 3.8 million deaths are attributable to diabetes. An even greater number die from cardiovascular disease made worse by diabetes-related lipid disorders and hypertension.
  Every 10 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
  Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
  Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global death by disease.
  At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. In some countries this figure may reach 80%.
  Up to 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.
  Diabetes is the largest cause of kidney failure in developed countries and is responsible for huge dialysis costs.
  Type 2 diabetes has become the most frequent condition in people with kidney failure in countries of the Western world. The reported incidence varies between 30% and 40% in countries such as Germany and the USA.
  10% to 20% of people with diabetes die of renal failure.
  It is estimated that more than 2.5 million people worldwide are affected by diabetic retinopathy.
  Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries.
  On average, people with type 2 diabetes will die 5-10 years before people without diabetes, mostly due to cardiovascular disease.
  Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in diabetes, accounting for some 50% of all diabetes fatalities, and much disability.
  People with type 2 diabetes are over twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as people who do not have diabetes. Indeed, people with type 2 diabetes are as likely to suffer a heart attack as people without diabetes who have already had a heart attack.

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