$150,000 research money within our reach in the Aviva online voting contest!

December 7, 2012

Sasha asks you (and your friends and family) to VOTE EVERY DAY until Wednesday – this could prove to be a crucial weekend in the Aviva voting contest…

10 days, 10 votes, 10 clicks - $150kImagine how long you’d have to stand out on a winter street, rattling a bucket at strangers, until you raised $150,000 for ME, Fibromyalgia and Lyme research. At a generous $50 a day, it would take you more than 8 years.

How fortunate, then, that the same $150,000 is up for grabs in Aviva’s online charity voting competition. All you have to do is click on a website button every day until Wednesday, 12 December. You don’t need Facebook and you can vote from any country.

Join a thundering herd of other supporters and vote for us to win equipment for a research biobank. The biobank scientists aim to get at the cause of our diseases by creating and analysing a collection of blood samples from patients at the Vancouver Chronic Diseases Clinic, a new research and treatment clinic in Canada led by established specialist, Dr Alison Bested. Biomedical research anywhere in the world benefits all of us so do your health a favour and grab that mouse!

Patients have spent many hours recruiting voters, including a large, local network around Vancouver. And it’s paying off: as I’m writing this, we have 3,327 supporters and the number is still rising. We already won an ‘e-badge’ from Aviva for the speed with which we’re gaining voters!

But it’s a tough competition. As we’ve seen in other contests, local projects involving highly Facebooked young people can gather a lot of support. We’re currently in 14th place, and we need to get into the ten to get through to the final, in which Aviva will judge and rank the projects. Every top-ten project gets a prize of $5,000 (four months on that winter street with your bucket). At the end of the last contest, there were only 30 votes between 10th and 11th place so it’s all to play for!

So, vote! Vote every day, especially at the weekend when voting tends to die down and we can steal a march on the competition; get your friends and family to vote; sign up for a daily Facebook reminder or set your computer to remind you daily.

Here’s how to vote

  • Go to our Aviva page.
  • Register or sign in, at the top right of the page. You stay signed in for the whole contest, unless you sign out. You can register easily with your Facebook account or register with an easy email verification. Aviva won’t spam you and you only have to register once. Enter your email as directed and choose a password (not the password to your email account!). Press enter, go to your email inbox and look for an email for Aviva. If it’s not there, check your spam folder or come back later: the Aviva site might have been busy.
  • Return to the voting page and hit the big blue button that says, ‘Vote!’.

You can see how we’re doing by going to the competition homepage, using the drop-down menu to sort by ‘most votes’ and filter by ‘large’. It’s a bit rough because Aviva aren’t updating in real-time and votes and ranks aren’t entirely consistent, but it will give you an idea.

Feel free to join the campaign chat on Phoenix Rising and help cheer everybody on. Forum member Merry has calculated that the ME community has won an amazing $600,000 in online voting contents in the last three years. We can win this, so get voting.

Do it now!

 

Video explaining how to register and how to vote:

(With thanks to ME Awareness: Words and Pictures)

13 comments

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Sasha December 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

Just did today's vote (thank you, insomnia!).

Feel free to copy my shouty signature – there's a big jump from tiny print to giant print in the signature editing options so I've gone for giant. :oops:

Merry December 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks for the article, Sasha. Sorry about your insomnia. I like your comment at the end "I've gone for giant." Yes, think big!

I've just emailed a link to your article to Denise of "Speak Up About ME" who has worked on advocacy projects with Bob and Courtney Miller and asked if she'd pass on the word about the contest to her contacts.

Sasha December 8, 2012 at 7:24 am
Merry

Thanks for the article, Sasha. Sorry about your insomnia. I like your comment at the end "I've gone for giant." Yes, think big!

I've just emailed a link to your article to Denise of "Speak Up About ME" who has worked on advocacy projects with Bob and Courtney Miller and asked if she'd pass on the word about the contest to her contacts.

Thanks, Merry – yes, my signature's not subtle! :aghhh:

Thanks for sending the link on – that was a very good idea.

Tuha December 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I checked again how the organisations grow up after 21 hours. I checked exactly at the hour when it will finish because sometimes the results depends when you check because we have a lot of european and australian voters. During the last 21 hours we grow the most from the organisations between 10th – 14 th positions but the differences were not too significant to help us. So it means we need more votes – we are around 579 votes behind the 10 th position. Here are the results:

1. Undercurrent Youth Centre – 10432 (+1647)
2. Une vraie cour d'école pour ados! – 9872 (+1488)
3. Riehl skate park – 9607 (+1158)

4. Fighting for Healthy, Affordable Food in North End Halifax – 9104 (+1252)
5. Stay Strong Nick Roma 8335 (+1261)

6. Nouveau gymnase pour notre club de gymnastique Les Hirondelles – 8191 (+1286)
7. Exoskeleton for Trevor Greene, Canadian Veteran – 8015 (+1137)
8. Harder-4-Carter: The Carter Antila Memorial SkatePark – 7464 (+809)
9. Un préau pour L'École des Enfants-de-la-Terre – 6927 (+1246)
10. Projet Paradis / Paradis Project – 6811 (+1007)

11. Non-profit Companion Animal Hospital & Shelter – 6707 (+966)
12. Castle Park's "Play for ALL", universally accessible playground – 6487 (+768)
13. The Power of Play – A Barrier Free Playground – 6358 (+960)
14. Medical equipment for a new chronic diseases clinic in Vancouver – 6232 (+1010)
15. Vera M. Welsh & community of Lac La Biche needs a new playground 5901 (+1061)

16. Building Change -A New Shelter for the RCSPCA 5102 (+709)
17. Sensory Therapy Room for kids at Lutherwood 5035 (+440)
18. Sports for all 4912 (+584)
19. Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project – Let There Be Lights 4871 (+707)
20. Volunteering to Independence Program "the Katimavik VIP program" 4823 (+661)

Sasha December 9, 2012 at 2:41 am

I've just discovered that the picture and video used for this article are by a group called MEAwarenessPics, who create images and videos to promote ME fundraising.

Here are their videos on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/meawarenesspics

Great stuff!

Tuha December 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

just one idea. we should try to involve more kids in this contest. Kids have often a lot of friends and iif they are a bit motivated they can bring a lot of votes. So if you have a kid in your family just ask him if he can promote our organisation between his friends.

Kati December 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Sasha December 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

That's it, time's up, the contest is over! The results will be announced in five days' time.

Thanks to everyone who voted and to those who've worked so hard getting us all to vote! :balloons:

maryb December 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Yes I hope they get at least a few grand:)

Kina December 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I was amazed by the number of votes that were cast in the Aviva contest for the clinic in Vancouver. I was also amazed at all the hard work our members put into getting these votes :thumbsup:.

Kina.

snowathlete December 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

anyone care to guess where we finished?

A couple of days ago I thought we were going to fall short, but then we seemed to gather pace, so maybe we just did it?

ggingues December 13, 2012 at 1:05 am
snowathlete

anyone care to guess where we finished?

A couple of days ago I thought we were going to fall short, but then we seemed to gather pace, so maybe we just did it?

Hopefully, our Canadian friends need some support and a good place to go.

GG

Merry December 13, 2012 at 9:56 am
snowathlete

anyone care to guess where we finished?

A couple of days ago I thought we were going to fall short, but then we seemed to gather pace, so maybe we just did it?

Hi, snowathlete. At the Facebook ME (ME/CFS) Fundraising Group, Helle said that CCDC placed 15th with 12,672 votes. A showing at 10th place or above was necessary to move to the finals. Aviva will announce winners in another week (?). It is possible that organizations above CCDC will be stripped of votes, and CCDC will move up, but to move from 15th to 10th would be big jump.

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