I want to steer away from the pink and the fluffy for just a little while to tell you a bit about Pixel to Pixel Foundation in Second Life that I am supporting both personally and through .::Pink Sugah::.
The Pixel To Pixel Foundation (P2P) was established in 2009 to enhance the Second Life experience for people living with disabilities.
Second Life is a lifeline to many people with disabilities. Some (such as those who suffer from severe depression) may live in social isolation, and SL keeps them connected with others in the outside world. Other people may have physically disabling conditions, and SL allows them the virtual experience of full mobility, and even gives them wings to fly.
The P2P Foundation, which exists only in SL, gives direct financial assistance in the form of weekly Linden-dollar stipends to people on disability — that is, those who are supporting themselves solely on disability assistance program benefits. Participants can reside in any country, and their disability assistance can be either from their government or from a private disability insurance company.
Donations to the foundation go directly to recipients, hence the name, Pixel To Pixel (avatar to avatar). The amount of the stipend is $500 Lindens per week, which is equivalent to about US$2 per week in real life. This amount may seem trivial to someone who has regular income from a paying job, but for a person on disability who may have very little money to spare, it can make a real difference for their quality of life in SL. As one participant so succinctly put it, “two dollars for me means a loaf of bread for a week.” The weekly stipend from P2P may enable a participant to rent an apartment or shop, for example, or take photographs or upload textures in SL. Occasionally, the P2P Foundation also gives discretionary grants for participants to start a business or pursue a major creative project in SL.
I now have a donation box in the .::Pink Sugah::. Mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cerveza%20Island/214/158/3751
I know it sounds like a cliché but every linden really does count, so next time you are in the store drop a few in if you can afford it, even if it is just your L$1 change from a L$99 vendor, just like dropping your change into the fundraising box on a shop counter in RL. All donations are appreciated.
If you would like to find out more about the Pixel to Pixel Foundation, please contact Jadyn Firehawk.
Okies, we can go back to the pink and fluffy stuff now 😛