Kiva in SL’s Grand Opening Party at the NPC a grand success.

The Grand Opening of Kiva in Second Life’s office was a grand success. Our final avatar count was 41, which included the people who dropped in through the ceiling. There were several reporters there, including the editor from Prim Perfect.

There was dancing and champagne, and talks by Skeeboo Tammass (Joe), Elron, and Julles Boucher (Julia) about Kiva and Kiva Friends and all that is going on in Second Life about Kiva.

Daniel, who did the Norwegian translation, won the $25 Kiva Gift Certificate. Fletcher Dovgal won the Door Prize $25 Kiva gift certificate.

The largest linden donation during the official party was made by Parhelion Palou, and Mandee Odriscoll was the ‘newest’ avatar who made a donation. Mandee actually joined SL this morning just to attend our party, she read about it on myspace. Both our winners will get (real life) 2008 Kiva calendars (made by Kiva Friends).

The party lasted an hour longer than planned, and the donations kept coming in. Our neighbours in the NPC Bridges for Women donated enough for an entire loan. Our final count was 22,488 Linden, making this our largest fund raising day ever. To translate to real life, we made enough for about 2 1/2 Kiva loans.

Another success of the day was our increase in volunteer help, a few people offered to help us out and join our grassroots organization. So its been a great day for Kiva in Second Life at the Non Profit Commons.

Written by: julles

KivaFriends Tour – Visit to the Ectopia Sim

KivaFriends in SL is starting to tour Second Life. These tours are social events open to everyone, they are very informal, we will just be visiting sims together to explore and learn about what’s going on in Second Life. When we can, we’ll have the sims owners join us and give us personal tours.

The first tour will be January 12th, 10:30am – 12pm SL (Pacific time). Details about the event are
here but please note the place is not correct. We will be meeting at the NPC commons and then going to Ectopia Island. Join us at any time. We’ll be riding the trains and gondolas and learning about goods and services which promote a socially and environmentally sustainable world. We’ll also be banging on drums and walking around and laughing a lot.

(ASIDE, as a word of caution – be very careful when you enter your event at because it goes to eventful but edits don’t).

Come by the Kiva office in the NPC (#23) for more information.

Written by: julles