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Vote from Any Country for ME/FM Charity to Win $20,000!

by Sasha

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 The first thing to say about this: you don’t need Facebook!

The second thing: you don’t have to be in Canada to vote!

The third thing… well, time to give you the details…

Nature’s Bounty, a long-established manufacturer of vitamins and food supplements, is running an online voting contest for Canadian charities. The National ME/FM Action Network has entered.

The Action Network is probably best-known internationally for spearheading the development of the Canadian Consensus Criteria.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of rigorous diagnostic criteria in this disease: we all owe the Action Network a debt for this contribution to diagnosis and research. The Network also hosted the 2011 IACFS/ME Conference in Ottawa. But as well as these international achievements, for the past twenty years the Action Network has supported patients through advocacy, education, information, and promoting research. It’s the main charity for the 750,000 people in Canada with ME or FM.

So it’s well worth supporting the Action Network in the contest. The top three winners will get $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Of the remaining charities, three will be chosen at random to each win $5,000. US dollars and Canadian dollars are worth the same: $20,000 is about £13,000 or 15,000 Euros. That would be a considerable boost to any national ME/FM charity.

Voting opens on Tuesday, 26 February, and continues with one vote allowed per day until Friday, 29 March.

At the time of writing, voting instructions have not appeared but if you go to the Nature’s Bounty contest webpage, all should become clear on the day.

There’s a big push behind the Action Network for this contest: a team of supporters has already been posting widely on the net to drum up support. Let’s help them win.

Got any questions? We’ve got a thread for that! The competition looks straightforward but the first post in this thread will be updated with instructions and help if any problems emerge.

Have you heard about other contests? Many, many small prize contests are announced in local papers, on the radio, and so on. If you notice any, please message helen41 so that she and the fundraising team can look into them. Every dollar helps!

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  • SpecialK82 February 27, 2013, 11:50 am
    helen41

    We have discussed getting a signup list for reminders through PR, but we haven't done it yet, as far as I know. SpecialK has been looking into it, I believe

    No, I'm not involved with creating a signup list for reminders on this contest. I am involved with a long-term project that will alert the ME/CFS Community of Contests like this through an email alert system and they will have an option at that point to receive daily reminders. But this is a big project and won't be done anytime in the near-term. Thanks!

  • SpecialK82 February 27, 2013, 11:51 am
    helen41

    "There is a limit of one (1) Voter Registration per person/email address permitted during the Voting Period.".
    It is restricted to per person, not per household, so your husband can vote, as long as he has his own email address.
    When it is per person, I think generally you are very safe with 4 or 5 votes from the same IP address. That is an average size family after all.
    I think they start to question things when 100 votes come from the same IP address.
    I have myself, my husband and my daughter all voting from the same IP.

    Thanks for the clarification Helen, glad to know that we can both vote!!

  • snowathlete February 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

    As a temporary measure, I've set up a google group called me cfs charity competitions voting reminder service

    You can join this group by clicking here and joining. It only takes a few clicks and you dont need to have google/gmail to join – any email address will do.

    MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE "Don't sent email updates" TO "Send me an email for every new message (less than one per day)" OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT GET THE REMINDER!

    Once joined you dont need to do anything. You will get a reminder each day for the remainder of this competiton with a link to the site and a reminder of the instructions.

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Wow, that's impressive, snowathlete! :thumbsup:

  • Sparrow February 27, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I'll be voting daily. I've got the site on a tab beside my usual daily bookmarks so I can't miss it when I open the computer. I've shared this around Facebook, and a couple of friends and family members have passed it around to their friends too (and of course, I have my husband and family voting as well). I think we have a good shot at this one!

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Still holding our own in second place – well done, everybody! :thumbsup:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society907
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK737
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY595
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO506
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY

    It's my bedtime! I wonder what the leaderboard will look like tomorrow morning. 😎

  • helen41 February 27, 2013, 7:12 pm
    snowathlete

    As a temporary measure, I've set up a google group called me cfs charity competitions voting reminder service

    You can join this group by clicking here and joining. It only takes a few clicks and you dont need to have google/gmail to join – any email address will do.

    MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE "Don't sent email updates" TO "Send me an email for every new message (less than one per day)" OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT GET THE REMINDER!

    Once joined you dont need to do anything. You will get a reminder each day for the remainder of this competiton with a link to the site and a reminder of the instructions.

    that is terrific! I have posted the link to your post in the fundraising group as well. I was actually googling today, trying to teach my non-technical brain how to send group emails. I failed. Bless you for taking this on!

  • ggingues February 27, 2013, 7:54 pm
    Valentijn

    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/

    Thanks, 2nd place with 797 votes.

    1st Place: Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1012 votes.

    3rd place OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY with 679 votes.

    GG

  • ggingues February 27, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Has anyone put together a short/thorough email I can send to appeal to family and friends?

    GG

  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 5:13 am

    I just voted! If you haven't yet done your vote today then go do it now! We are in second place and need to keep it up!

  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 8:34 am

    There is a new one on the board, in fifth. Goes to show how it can change quite quickly. Need to keep voting so that we can be in with a chance of getting first!
    Nine more votes and we reach the 1000 milestone.

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1205
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 991
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 791
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 766
    • PET SAVE
  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 8:54 am

    I see that a few people have joined the mailing list already – thats great!

    For those without gmail, you can still join the group without a gmail account, but you will need to open a google account. You do this with your existing email address, which doesn't have to be a google one. It is a quick and painless process.
    You can sign up HERE. Then once you've got your google account, go to the group HERE and you'll be able to join the group.

    It's a one time thing, so once you've signed up, you're sorted. No more fuss, and you'll get the reminders to your current email address.

  • Sasha February 28, 2013, 8:57 am
    snowathlete

    There is a new one on the board, in fifth. Goes to show how it can change quite quickly.

    It's the pets, it's the pets! :cat::cat::cat:

    Glad you've got people getting your email reminders – brilliant that you set that up. :thumbsup:

  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 10:37 am
    ggingues

    Has anyone put together a short/thorough email I can send to appeal to family and friends?

    GG

    Please vote for this ME/CFS charity. It only takes a second to help them get funding.

    Here is a short article all about it:
    http://phoenixrising.me/archives/15930

    But here is the important bit, the link to the voting page:
    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php
    Click "N" then "vote" next to the second one called "National ME/FM Action Network".
    Enter your email address, prove you're not a robot and click vote. That's all there is to it.

    You can vote once a day per. So please do it every day. It really matters.

    Thanks

  • L'engle February 28, 2013, 2:17 pm

    1100 now!

  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Well done everyone. Still in second but third has been slowly catching. Please keep making the effort everybody!

  • snowathlete February 28, 2013, 7:21 pm
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1702
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1182
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1076
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 986
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 966
  • ggingues March 1, 2013, 1:10 am
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1868
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1250
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1122
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1115
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 1103
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    GG

  • caledonia March 1, 2013, 1:19 am

    I just started voting. I'll put it in my bookmarks so I can remember.

  • ggingues March 1, 2013, 1:43 am
    snowathlete

    Please vote for this ME/CFS charity. It only takes a second to help them get funding.

    Here is a short article all about it:
    http://phoenixrising.me/archives/15930

    But here is the important bit, the link to the voting page:
    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php
    Click "N" then "vote" next to the second one called "National ME/FM Action Network".
    Enter your email address, prove you're not a robot and click vote. That's all there is to it.

    You can vote once a day per. So please do it every day. It really matters.

    Thanks

    Thanks, I will be using it!

  • Sasha March 1, 2013, 2:14 am

    Just voted – still holding in second place, other people on our heels – every vote is going to count, especially this weekend!

    Huge opportunity to surge ahead at the weekend, when online voting generally dips!

  • snowathlete March 1, 2013, 5:14 am

    I just voted!

  • snowathlete March 1, 2013, 6:44 am

    Someone is slacking because our position in second is under threat!

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1887
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1333
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 1282
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1161
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY

    This is vital funding for our ME/CFS community and makes a difference to all our futures.

    Please vote and remind your family and friends!

  • snowathlete March 1, 2013, 7:46 am

    Just gave up second place…

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 1918
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 1403
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1392
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1176
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY
  • helen41 March 1, 2013, 9:06 am

    Reach for the Rainbow doubled their votes in the last 24 hours from the day before. I wonder what they are doing?
    We have always been excellent weekend voters, plus ME groups in Australia will be helping soon, as their contest is ending. We need to pick up the slack over the next few days.

  • BEG March 1, 2013, 10:04 am
    helen41

    Reach for the Rainbow doubled their votes in the last 24 hours from the day before. I wonder what they are doing?
    We have always been excellent weekend voters, plus ME groups in Australia will be helping soon, as their contest is ending. We need to pick up the slack over the next few days.

    1,477 votes just a minute ago.

  • Kina March 1, 2013, 11:11 am

    Just voted:

    Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 2139
    REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 1672
    NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1492
    SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1293
    OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1268

    Even though I am sad to see our cause in third place right now, I am glad to see Reach For The Rainbow Ontario is in the running. This is a very small organization that provides all sorts of supportive services for children/adults with special needs. If it weren't for them, my daughter would have never been able to go to a residential camp for 2 weeks every summer which is and was the only kind of respite we have ever gotten. As much as I love animals, it would be nice if some of these contests were restricted to people only. In Ontario, our government has drastically cut services to sick people (especially the chronically ill), people with special needs to the point of unless you are in some kind of crisis state, you will languish on a waiting list or not get services at all. These charities often help supply services that the government used fund but have cut the funding to due to lack of resources. The money that is won in these contests is vital to keep some of them going so VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

  • Kina March 1, 2013, 11:17 am
    helen41

    Reach for the Rainbow doubled their votes in the last 24 hours from the day before. I wonder what they are doing?
    We have always been excellent weekend voters, plus ME groups in Australia will be helping soon, as their contest is ending. We need to pick up the slack over the next few days.

    Reach for the Rainbow has a huge amount of parents that have children/adult children with special needs. They are hooked into many many services that are associated with special needs — autism, community living, developmental services, spina bifida, March of Dimes etc., summer camps, residential programs, school programs, Children's Aid Society etc. They are a small organization and I suspect the are networking very effectively right now with the many services they are associated with because they need the money to keep going. If they can't afford to run their charity, many organizations and parents will lose a vital service.

  • Nielk March 1, 2013, 11:20 am

    I didn't realize that this was a daily vote. Just voted.

  • Sasha March 1, 2013, 11:22 am
    Kina

    Even though I am sad to see our cause in third place right now, I am glad to see Reach For The Rainbow Ontario is in the running. This is a very small organization that provides all sorts of supportive services for children/adults with special needs. If it weren't for them, my daughter would have never been able to go to a residential camp for 2 weeks every summer which is and was the only kind of respite we have ever gotten. As much as I love animals, it would be nice if some of these contests were restricted to people only. In Ontario, our government has drastically cut services to sick people (especially the chronically ill), people with special needs to the point of unless you are in some kind of crisis state, you will languish on a waiting list or not get services at all. These charities often help supply services that the government used fund but have cut the funding to due to lack of resources. The money that is won in these contests is vital to keep some of them going so VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

    I checked them out online when I saw them storming into second place there and I agree with you – they sound great! If we're going to get pipped I'd rather it was by this kind of charity.

    But I'd rather not get pipped! Let's keep voting. We're all in the process of building our support base and this is a five-week contest. It's all to play for. 😎

  • snowathlete March 1, 2013, 11:24 am
    Kina

    Just voted:

    Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 2139
    REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 1672
    NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1492
    SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1293
    OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1268

    Even though I am sad to see our cause in third place right now, I am glad to see Reach For The Rainbow Ontario is in the running. This is a very small organization that provides all sorts of supportive services for children/adults with special needs. If it weren't for them, my daughter would have never been able to go to a residential camp for 2 weeks every summer which is and was the only kind of respite we have ever gotten. As much as I love animals, it would be nice if some of these contests were restricted to people only. In Ontario, our government has drastically cut services to sick people (especially the chronically ill), people with special needs to the point of unless you are in some kind of crisis state, you will languish on a waiting list or not get services at all. These charities often help supply services that the government used fund but have cut the funding to due to lack of resources. The money that is won in these contests is vital to keep some of them going so VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

    I love animals too, but I'd also like to see charities that need the money more get more chance. Fact is, a lot of animal charities already get a lot of funding from donations and legacies in people's wills. I doubt anyone leaves money in their will for ME/CFS charities, and as we know, not that many people donate to the cause when they're alive either.

    Still, we cant do much about that, but we can vote for charities in competitions like this and there are enough of us that we can win competitions like this. I think we are getting better at it.
    So, keep voting and hopefully we can regain some ground over the weekend.

  • helen41 March 1, 2013, 11:30 am
    Kina

    Reach for the Rainbow has a huge amount of parents that have children/adult children with special needs. They are hooked into many many services that are associated with special needs — autism, community living, developmental services, spina bifida, March of Dimes etc., summer camps, residential programs, school programs, Children's Aid Society etc. They are a small organization and I suspect the are networking very effectively right now with the many services they are associated with because they need the money to keep going. If they can't afford to run their charity, many organizations and parents will lose a vital service.

    My post sounded negative. That was not my intent. I just want to know what they are doing so we can copy them!

  • Kina March 1, 2013, 12:09 pm
    helen41

    My post sounded negative. That was not my intent. I just want to know what they are doing so we can copy them!

    I didn't think your post sounded negative at all. :)

    It's a bit late now for me to find out what they are doing to get the votes (being a Friday, after 1 pm). I could contact them next week and ask them how they set things up to get so many votes. I am in direct contact with them because we get services from them, I am sure our worker would be happy to put me in contact with the person/people who are in charge of getting votes.

  • ggingues March 1, 2013, 11:32 pm
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society2472
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO2209
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK1714
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY1531
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1519
  • Valentijn March 2, 2013, 3:04 am

    Just voted:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 2502
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 2211
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1829
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1759
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 1559
  • maryb March 2, 2013, 4:16 am

    1786 – phew…. can we really not do better? Not wanting to sound negative just – come on folks……

  • snowathlete March 2, 2013, 5:14 am

    I just voted.
    If everyone voted who normally votes in the Chase or Aviva competitions we would be first…more people need to realise the opportunity and take it seriously.

  • Sasha March 2, 2013, 5:31 am

    Just voted – we're in fourth but not far off third:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society2504
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO2212
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY1833
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK1803
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY1563

    We could gain a lot of ground this weekend if we keep the pressure on! :)

  • Sasha March 2, 2013, 7:54 am

    We're back in third – the weekend is our friend!

    Keep piling the votes on, guys – lots of charities slip back at the weekends in these contests so this is where we can pull ahead if we stay focused…

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society2514
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO2240
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK1887
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY1836
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY
  • Valentijn March 2, 2013, 9:07 am
    Sasha

    We're back in third – the weekend is our friend!

    Keep piling the votes on, guys – lots of charities slip back at the weekends in these contests so this is where we can pull ahead if we stay focused…

    Finally – an advantage to not being able to have a social life!

  • Sasha March 2, 2013, 9:22 am
    Valentijn

    Finally – an advantage to not being able to have a social life!

    Spot on! :)

  • snowathlete March 2, 2013, 12:16 pm
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 2653
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 2398
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 1983
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 1885
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY
  • Tally March 2, 2013, 3:58 pm

    4th and 5th place have almost the same amount of votes as we do! We need to pick up the pace somehow.

  • SickOfSickness March 2, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I would suggest that Canada be removed from this thread title. Some users might not even click, thinking that it's only for Canadians to vote on.

    For anyone curious, the rules say they can discard multiple votes from the same IP/computer.

  • helen41 March 2, 2013, 9:45 pm
    SickOfSickness

    I would suggest that Canada be removed from this thread title. Some users might not even click, thinking that it's only for Canadians to vote on.

    For anyone curious, the rules say they can discard multiple votes from the same IP/computer.

    good suggestion. we need to make it clear that this is an International effort.
    Re multiple votes from the same IP/computer, as a contester, I can assure you they are not talking about 3 or 4 or 5 votes from the same computer. That is an average family.
    Sometimes people vote with hundreds of accounts to try to win. Those are the people they are targeting.

  • Kina March 2, 2013, 9:50 pm
    SickOfSickness

    I would suggest that Canada be removed from this thread title. Some users might not even click, thinking that it's only for Canadians to vote on.

    For anyone curious, the rules say they can discard multiple votes from the same IP/computer.

    I have changed the title to indicate you can vote from any country. :)

  • ggingues March 2, 2013, 11:44 pm
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society3257
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO3025
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY2306
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK2135
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY2073
  • Sasha March 3, 2013, 3:07 am

    Argh! Some birds are in front of us.

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society3336
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO3038
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY2422
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK2189
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY2120

    I'm hoping that these charities who surge up out of nowhere are doing it in response to a big, on-off push that will die away as the weeks go on, but we won't! Let's keep on trucking…

  • maryb March 3, 2013, 1:43 pm
    Sasha

    Argh! Some birds are in front of us.

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society3336
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO3038
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY2422
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK2189
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY2120

    I'm hoping that these charities who surge up out of nowhere are doing it in response to a big, on-off push that will die away as the weeks go on, but we won't! Let's keep on trucking…

    Not the birds!!!!! Awww do feel guilty but we need it.

  • Sasha March 3, 2013, 1:48 pm
    maryb

    Not the birds!!!!! Awww do feel guilty but we need it.

    I bet the birds don't feel guilty… 😎

    I was going to make an awful joke there about being knocked off our perch but, naaah…