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

by Sasha

Image by www.facebook.com/MEAwarenessPics

Image by www.facebook.com/MEAwarenessPics

 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!

{ 328 comments… add one }

  • Valentijn March 3, 2013, 1:51 pm
    Sasha

    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…

    Eh, we feed birds all winter and let them eat the extra berries in the summer … they'll manage 😀

  • Sasha March 4, 2013, 2:44 am

    Just voted – still in fourth with third not far away…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO4495
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society4397
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY3232
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK2812
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY
  • snowathlete March 4, 2013, 6:53 am

    I just voted! Keep it up everyone!

  • ggingues March 4, 2013, 9:11 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 4765
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 4567
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 3360
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 2990
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 2608
  • ahimsa March 4, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I just voted. Here's the current list:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 5239
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 5086
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 3626
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3154
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 2749

    (Hmmm, I can't seem to figure out how to enter either tabs or non-breaking spaces. I was trying to make the numbers line up in a nice column.)

  • Sasha March 4, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Still strong in fourth – we need to be strong in third! Keep voting, keep voting!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO5443
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society5352
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY3701
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK3210
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY
  • SickOfSickness March 5, 2013, 1:15 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 6328
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 5996
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 3949
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3403
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 3141
  • Sasha March 5, 2013, 1:31 am

    Just voted! :)

  • maryb March 5, 2013, 12:50 pm

    3709 – hmmm not a brilliant turn out today as yet – have you all voted folkso_O

  • snowathlete March 5, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I voted, and just reminded those on the reminder list too, so should get a few more.

  • ggingues March 5, 2013, 8:33 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 7626
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 7418
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 4536
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3932
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 3875
  • SickOfSickness March 5, 2013, 11:08 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 7680
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 7577
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 4628
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3999
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY 3992

    5th place is gaining on us and I wonder if a 6th is close :(

  • Sasha March 6, 2013, 3:01 am

    Just voted.

    Yes, who knows what lurks beneath the leaderboard…

    Gotta keep voting. :)

  • Purple March 6, 2013, 5:34 am

    Here is an image to help with promoting the contest online:

    View attachment 4577

  • Sasha March 6, 2013, 8:39 am

    A bit more clear water between us and fifth place, which is good:

      • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO7831
      • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society7701
      • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY4798
      • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK4333
      • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY4061

    Still all to play for! Not much between us and the money-winning third place.

  • snowathlete March 6, 2013, 10:16 am

    just voted. Third isnt that distant. We could do it we upped our game…

  • Sasha March 6, 2013, 5:23 pm

    We've just sent out an email to people on the PR newsletter (I think) list reminding them about the contest, that it's daily voting, to rope in friends and family, etc. – let's hope we get some extra votes! :)

  • ggingues March 7, 2013, 1:23 am
    • H FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO9273
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society9009
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY5372
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK4852
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 4299
  • caledonia March 7, 2013, 1:52 am

    I'm still voting every day.

  • Sasha March 7, 2013, 2:40 am

    Just voted – let's keep going! Let's overtake those birds!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO9273
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society9017
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY5381
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK4902
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY4305
  • Valentijn March 7, 2013, 5:23 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 9382
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 9025
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 5396
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 5013
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 4310
  • snowathlete March 7, 2013, 6:46 am

    Just voted. We are catching up to third. Looks like the mailout helped. Well done, lets sustain it and keep pushing!

  • snowathlete March 7, 2013, 7:59 am

    We have gone from more than 500 behind third last night to just a little over 300 behind now.

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 9420
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 9085
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 5432
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 5114
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY

    Thats massive progress and judging by the new message on the site, they have spotted some irregular voting: Feel free to encourage your friends and family to vote, but please do not vote on behalf of any third party as we may disqualify such votes.

    So, we should not assume that we are in third because for all we know one of the groups ahead of us in the top three may be docked points. There was certainly one day where some voting looked very odd with one of those groups…we will have to wait and see, but I'm just pointing out that it isnt over till its over, and the top 5 is really just a guide I think.
    We can still get one of the top three prizes.

  • Tuha March 7, 2013, 8:58 am

    voting daily with about 6 friends and family members

  • Sasha March 8, 2013, 3:14 am

    Just voted:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO10762
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society10664
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY6200
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK5716
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY4825

    Still very much all to play for – time of day effects, the weekend coming up when many people will forget to vote (but not us!), maybe some dodgy votes to get cleaned out of the system before the end, all sorts of things – so let's keep going! This is a long game. :)

  • Nielk March 8, 2013, 7:26 am

    Orphan and injured birds need rescue, that's true
    But, that would be okay if all we had was the flu

    Please vote for National ME/FM Action every day
    Together we can soar higher than the birds of prey

    Voting to raise charity money for us is satisfying and fun
    We need your vote for a chance to win – thanks a ton!

  • Sasha March 8, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Interesting – we seem to be holding at 500 or so behind 3rd place but we've pulled further ahead of fifth place.

    Let's overtake those birds this weekend!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO11620
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society11532
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY6618
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK6135
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY5040
  • helen41 March 8, 2013, 6:38 pm

    400 little votes to catch the birds. They don't seem to be pulling ahead, but they are maintaining their distance. Let's hope they soon get distracted by nestbuilding, and forget to vote for a day

  • snowathlete March 8, 2013, 6:57 pm

    is it really bad to hope they get mild (non life threatening) bird-flu and are out of action for a couple of weeks?

  • SickOfSickness March 8, 2013, 11:04 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 12757
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 12170
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 6809
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 6248
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 5166
  • ggingues March 9, 2013, 12:32 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO12758
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society12205
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY6822
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK6255
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY5173
  • Valentijn March 9, 2013, 2:30 am

    Voted! :cat: (Cat to eat scare off the birds.)

  • Sasha March 9, 2013, 3:26 am

    What weird Captcha words I keep getting to prove I'm not a robot. I just had 'Invtoth rudeness'.

    :cat:

  • snowathlete March 9, 2013, 9:29 am

    I just voted, and sent out the email on the reminder service.

  • Sasha March 9, 2013, 10:27 am

    We're still closing on third place, fifth place eating our dust now …

    :cat::cat::cat: Watch out, birdies…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO13013
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society12525
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY7034
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK6621
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY5256
  • Sasha March 9, 2013, 2:50 pm

    Bump. :cat:

    Don't forget, the weekend is our big chance to pull ahead while other supporters are off slacking…

  • ggingues March 9, 2013, 11:49 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 14496
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 13564
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 7468
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 6883
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 5428
  • Sasha March 10, 2013, 5:01 am

    Just voted.

    We're holding at a steady 500 or so votes behind third place which means they're not building their support – we can overtake them if we build ours just a bit! 19 more days to go, we just need 25 more daily voters, or us to be more persistent as their support falls off…

  • OverTheHills March 10, 2013, 12:41 pm

    7323 now

  • snowathlete March 10, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I just voted, and sent out the email on the reminder service.

  • SickOfSickness March 10, 2013, 2:50 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 15451
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 14197
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 7875
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 7393
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 5617
  • Nielk March 10, 2013, 3:45 pm

    482 votes to catch up on.

  • ggingues March 10, 2013, 10:32 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 16001
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 14633
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 8031
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 7586
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 5751
  • Valentijn March 11, 2013, 2:14 am

    409 votes behind third now :cat:

  • Sasha March 11, 2013, 3:50 am

    Just voted… watch out, birdies…:cat:

  • Sasha March 11, 2013, 7:48 am

    This is the state of play now – we're less than 300 behind the crucial 3rd place.

    Not sure if this is a time-of-day effect that maybe represents our more international membership – but let's hope not! :cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO16204
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society14790
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY8130
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK7846
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY5853
  • snowathlete March 11, 2013, 9:52 am

    I just voted, and sent out the email on the reminder service.

  • Sasha March 11, 2013, 10:03 am
    snowathlete

    I just voted, and sent out the email on the reminder service.

    Great – I bet that reminder service has got us a lot of votes we wouldn't have got otherwise.

    I bet those birds don't have a reminder service. :cat:

  • snowathlete March 11, 2013, 10:15 am
    Sasha

    Great – I bet that reminder service has got us a lot of votes we wouldn't have got otherwise.

    I bet those birds don't have a reminder service. :cat:

    messenger pigeons?

  • Sasha March 11, 2013, 3:04 pm

    They're EVERYWHERE…