PRESS RELEASE from May 19, 2010
RE: “Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo” organized by Project Tents and Peace Train Charitable Trust for ShelterBox – May 21st through May 30th, 2010.
Over four months ago a devastating 7.0 earthquake hit the country of Haiti just outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. Four months seems like a lifetime ago, so many other natural occurrences have impacted citizens of the world since then, but the work in Haiti has only just begun. The May 24th issue of Time Magazine reports concerns that living conditions in Haiti are getting worse with the storm season now upon the region. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still are without any permanent shelter, their only protection from the elements are makeshift tents created from materials found in the rubble. Without a solid base to these structures, many Haitians go to sleep at night in extremely damp surroundings sometime unable to escape pools of water left by the torrential rains. Relief organizations are working as fast as they can to provide permanent shelter but it may be years until any normalcy is brought back to Haiti.
This is why Project Tents along with the Peace Train Charitable Trust is honored to announce and bring to Second Life the Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo, a fund-raising event for ShelterBox. ShelterBox is a recognized international fund-raising organization that provides quality shelters for those displaced by disasters. The shelters, provided for those displaced in Haiti, are quality tents that can fit up to 10 people each and are built to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. These are only temporary homes but are safe & reliable until permanent homes are completed.
With the National Hurricane Center in the US predicting an active Atlantic Hurricane season and Haiti being right in the middle of ‘Hurricane Alley’, finding reliable shelters is extremely important and why we are excited to organize this fund-raising event for ShelterBox.
Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo, is a benefit exposition featuring members of Second Life’s fashion industry, created by Project Tents, a non-profit group in-world group of models and designers in Second Life. The exposition will feature creations of many of top designers of Second Life fashion, as well as musical performances sponsored in cooperation with the Peace Train Charitable Trust. We, the members of Project Tents, want to first thank you for your support and any donations we may receive to our fundraiser to benefit the people of Haiti. Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo will open May 21st and run through May 30th (See SLURL links listed below). All of the designers will be offering exclusive and limited edition items which will only be available at the expo.
Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo opens 10am SLT on May 21st
10am: Opening remarks from Cotton Thorne of Peace Train and Alan Monroe, Communications Manager, Shelterbox USA
11am: Live from Japan GaGo
12pm: Singer Tamra Sands as the Expo Vendors open to the public
We are honored to have many of the top designers in SL involved with this project including:
Aimesi, Angel Dessous, ABJ – Aurora Borealis Jewelry, AZUL, Bamboo Soup, Baubles Boho Jewelry, BELLISSIMA!, Body Talking, C’est Moi! Boutique, Callie Cline, Di’s Shape Design, DmD Poses, Ear Candy, Essential Soul, Faster Pussycat, Fellini Couture, FK Virtues, Gabriel, MiDis, Moonbeam Fashions, PRISM, Premiere Modelling Agency, R.A. Crystal, Shiki, , Tres Beau, Tukinowaguma Hair Style, U&R DOGS, Vamp Shoes, wonderkids, W&Y Hair
Throughout the week we will have many other great events including a week long raffle event for wonderful prizes. The event runs May 21st – May 30th, 2010
To Learn more please visit:
* Shelter Box: http://www.shelterbox.org/
* The Peace Train Charitable Trust: http://slpeacetrain.org/
* Project Tents: http://sltents4haiti.wordpress.com/
* Time Magazine: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1989131,00.html
To Visit the Project Tents HAITI Benefit Expo
Project Tents HAITI Landing Points
The Project Tents Team
Miaa Rebane, Kay Fairey, Sequoia Nightfire, M4rk3tt0 Bonetto, Emma Portilo, Herradurra Baar, Gamp Lane, BlackBarbie Bravin, CheerCoach4EJS Gymnast, Sora Tatham, Wicca Merlin, and Sabine Blackburn