Create for Life
Eli and I have been talking back and forth over the last month and working things out, and we've decided to hold Create for Life on the weekend of 12-14 November, when Roisin would have celebrated her 30th birthday. Now, you're probably wondering, what the heck does one do to participate in Create for Life? Well, it's quite open, actually. Like Relay for Life, you can solicit sponsors, who will make a donation to the American Cancer Society (or a similar charity) for progress or completion of a project of your choosing that weekend. You can also work on a creative project that weekend with the goal of spreading awareness about cancer and cancer prevention. You can also create something that you sell or auction with the proceeds going to a cancer-related charity. The choice is yours, and we've kept options open so that there are ways for anyone who wants to to become involved.
My project is going to be rather insane. I am going to write for 24 hours on a novella I have wanted to work on for some years now. I will be accepting pledges for every 1,000 words that I write. I will also be accepting cheerleaders bearing heavily caffeinated coffee! :) It's an original novella, so I will eventually have copies of it available with proceeds going to ACS in Roisin's name. My idea was inspired by the founder of Relay for Life, a physician who spent 24 hours running on a track to promote cancer awareness and raise money for research.
Obviously, most projects won't be that intense, and we don't expect them to be. Even if you have an hour to write a few drabbles and post them to your journal with a banner and link to a site about cancer prevention, every effort is welcome and appreciated. You do not need to finish your project that weekend, and in-progress projects are welcome as well. We also welcome NaNoWriMo writers who want to try to complete a certain amount of progress on their novels that weekend as part of Create for Life.
We have a community on LJ, Create for Life, which will act as a headquarters for announcements about the project, a place to ask questions, and a community for sharing ideas about your project and, after CfL weekend, for celebrating your progress. Please do join there if you're interested in the project.
I do have one favor to ask of Ye Olde Flist. Even if you're not able to participate this year, if you know of a person or group that might be interested, please please please help us out by passing the word along. Getting the project off of the ground has left us with precious little time for promotions, and word of mouth about the project really is one of the best contributions we could receive right now. I'll put an announcement below the cut that you can copy and paste if you want to share the project with other people or groups. If you comment here with a link to your journal with a CfL announcement there, I will write a story for you--Tolkien-based or original--next summer when I'm off from school. No, I am not above bribing. ;) Please also remember that artists, craftspeople, musicians, and all other creative sorts are welcome to participate as well, not just writers.
Thank you, and I hope to "see" some of you on the weekend of the 12th! :)
Create for Life is the idea and dream of Lady Roisin, a writer, artist, and costume designer who also happened to have cancer. Roisin wanted to provide a means for the creative community to promote cancer awareness and raise money for a cure. Although she didn't live to see her dream come fully to life, her husband Eli and her friend Dawn are going ahead with the event in her memory, in memory of all other loved ones lost to cancer, and in hope that we will one day see an end to the shadow this disease casts on our lives.
Create for Life is inspired by Relay for Life. During the weekend of November 12 through 14, participating artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople will practice the crafts they love in support of a cancer awareness and research.
There are several ways to participate. Similar to how Relay for Life works, participants can seek sponsors for their projects, who agree to donate to the American Cancer Society or a similar charity for progress made on a CfL project. For example, an author might ask for a donation for every 1,000 words she writes over the weekend. A knitter might ask for a donation for every scarf she knits. Flat donations to ACS by sponsors are, of course, more than welcome as well. Artisans who sell their creations may wish to sell or auction work created that weekend with proceeds going to ACS, as another means to participate.
However, donations are not the only way to participate. Awareness is just as important, and CfL participants are encouraged to post about their projects on their blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and related sites to increase cancer awareness.
All types of artistic projects are welcome. You do not have to commit to any minimum time spent or donations made for the event. Simply set aside some time that weekend to spend doing what you love for a great cause!
Create for Life has a LiveJournal community with more information, a place to ask questions, and a forum for sharing your project ideas with fellow participants.
Whether you're able to participate this year or not, we greatly appreciate help passing the word about the event to other individuals and groups who may be interested in getting involved. We are just two people without any marketing specialists to help us get the word out! Please follow the rules on any groups you post to and remember that spam hurts--not helps--our cause.
If you are a member of LiveJournal, please do join the community and, if you are participating, come share your ideas with us!
Eli and Dawn
This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!