UPDATED: Slava Ukraini! Ways to Show Your Support for Ukraine in Second Life (And in Real Life, Too!)

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DID YOU KNOW? 14.5% of Manitobans are of Ukrainian ancestry, as well as 13.4% of Saskatchewan residents. In the last census of 2016, there were an estimated 1,359,655 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada (the majority being Canadian-born citizens), making them Canada’s eleventh largest ethnic group and giving Canada the world’s third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia. (source: Wikipedia)

DID YOU KNOW? You can donate to the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, and the Canadian government will match individual Canadians’ donations up to $10 million? Money raised will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs generated by almost eight years of conflict (since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014), as well as preparedness and response efforts due to heightened tensions in Ukraine. The support could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced. Please donate today!

If you are not Canadian, please investigate what charities you can support from your country. Here’s a list of suggestions for Americans from NPR. Thank you!

You might be surprised to learn that current events in the real world are often quickly reflected in the virtual world! The war in Ukraine is no exception, and in almost no time at all, Second Life content creators have responded! This blogpost will showcase FREE clothing and home/yard decor to allow you to express your feelings about this unwanted, unnecessary, heartbreaking war.

For example, the Haus of De Vil is giving away both men’s and women’s long-sleeved T-shirts with the slogan Slava Ukraini (which means Glory to Ukraine, the Ukrainian national salute). Both men’s and women’s shirts come in wide variety of different sizes to fit just about every avatar, whether you have a classic/system or mesh body!

The creator says in his descriptions for these free items:

With the current deplorable situation I have taken a temporary side step from my usual way of clothing creation to bring a series of T shirts to vent my frustrations.

I am appalled by the vile behaviour of Putin and his cronies bringing war to Europe once again. We must stand strong with Ukraine and show our support unwaveringly in whatever ways we can. We must also remember at this time that many of the people of Russia are not in support of his behaviour and it is only with the government we need aim our disgust.

To those in the Ukraine, friends and families, I wish you the best.

Slava Ukraini (Glory for Ukraine)

Slava Ukraini shirt by Haus of De Vil

You can pick up the following protest sign for free from the Second Life Marketplace, courtesy of PYSCHO. It’s full-permissions, and comes with five different textures for the sign, plus five Bento sign-holding arm poses that will work with your animation override. Since it’s completely editable, you can even make up your own protest sign!

Protest sign from PSYCHO

Couture Chapeau is giving away a free, full permissions Ukrainian flag on a flagpole, as well as a (copy, modify, but no-transfer) We Stand with Ukraine banner for your virtual home or yard. Just visit the store and click on the blue-and-yellow box indicated by the red arrow below:

K-OH has this free women’s outfit (top and leggings) on the SL Marketplace (sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INITHIUM Kupra; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; Tonic Curvy, Fine, and Minimizer; and Altamura).

Teleport to the MKN store and click on the large box on the front counter to pick up another free women’s outfit to show your support for Ukraine:

The Pray for Ukraine outfit (T-shirt and sweat pants) comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; and INITHIUM Kupra mesh bodies. The Jumpov sneakers are a free fatpack group gift from VERSOV; the VERSOV group is free to join, and there are seven other free group gifts in their store.

Speaking of VERSOV, there are a number of Russian and Slavic content creators in Second Life, many of whom are shocked and appalled by this war. For the love of God, do NOT take your frustrations out on them! The small amount of money that people can earn from SL might be making all the difference between having no money or having some money to buy food, so please, don’t be an asshole, okay??

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: A big thank-you to Daisy Haven, who found this wonderful list of Ukrainian-owned stores in Second Life! It is a constantly-updated Google Spreadsheet providing store names, plus mainstore SLURLs, SL Marketplace links, and Flickr accounts, compiled by the owner of one of the stores, Stephen Mossu (akirakiyoi Resident) of Mossu. The SeraphimSL blog had this to say:

In light of recent events, the owner of Mossu – Stephen Mossu (akirakiyoi) has put together a list of content creators that may benefit from your love of shopping, that could help support their real life situation during this unexpected and disruptive time.

The Second Life community has always shown solidarity in times of need and here at Seraphim, we would like to pass on this resource to you.
You can find the list ☞Here

Please note: Seraphim is not the creator of this list and we are in no way affiliated with any of the designers listed or the owner of the list. Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed to Stephen · Mossu (akirakiyoi)

Given the unprecedented situation in the Ukraine, I’m sure these businesses would appreciate your purchases even more than usual!

UPDATE March 4th, 2022: the Fabulously Free in Second Life blog reports:

If you wish to provide financial support, Two Moons Gardens is donating the proceeds of their Inspiration Garden (249L) to the International Red Cross for use in their care of refugees and victims of acts of war.  The garden, pictured above, is located on a special sim where there are freebies and 10L items to purchase to support the Red Cross’s efforts in addition to donation kiosks. 

There’s actually a huge sales area with discounted merchandise on sale from various vendors, from which the proceeds are going to the International Red Cross! For example, you can pick up a L$1,000 gift card for Alli&Ali Hair Designs for only L$700.

Two Moons Gardens Ukraine Appeal sim: all proceeds go to the International Red Cross

UPDATE March 6th, 2022: Another fundraising event in Second Life is Love to Ukraine, running from March 5th to 19th, with all proceeds going to NBU (the National Bank of the Ukraine), Voices of Children, and the Ukrainian Red Cross.

The Love to Ukraine event

Among the many items for sale at the Love to Ukraine event, I picked up this Peace Pack of knotted T-shirts by Miss Chelsea (L$199):

And I have some more free gifts to show your support for Ukraine. Princess Stuff is giving away this lovely minidress in the yellow and blue colours of the Ukrainian flag:

And The Bold Llama T-Shirt Company has two free women’s tops (just buy them for L$0 from the vendors on the front counter):

Slava Ukraini!

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