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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 }

  • snowathlete March 11, 2013, 3:31 pm
  • Sasha March 11, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Yup… scarier than they look…

  • SickOfSickness March 11, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Now we are only 401 votes behind the birds.

  • Purple March 11, 2013, 6:04 pm

    Use this image as your Facebook profile cover to promote the contest and voting for National ME/FM Action Network on Facebook:

    View attachment 4598

    And Share this one on Facebook once a day – especially if you have lots of Facebook friends – so that it appears in your newsfeed every day: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?…99014477.47584.223472531087571&type=1&theater
    You can also use this image as your Facebook profile picture – remember to include the link in the description and a plea for votes. Tip – you can share this image in a private message on Facebook too, sending private messages is more personal so more people may vote. To do this, click on the image link just above, hit 'Share', from the dropdown box at the top choose 'In a private message', then choose your Facebook friend's name.

  • K2 for Hope March 11, 2013, 6:37 pm

    Now, it at 8183. but we are still in 4th place… Keep voting….

    :)

  • Little Bluestem March 11, 2013, 11:32 pm

    442 votes behind 3rd right now. Canadians have likely been voting a lot the last few hours. I am assuming that this contests ends at midnight Canadian time (what time zone?), so it is the day vote tally at their midnight that is most relevant.

  • Valentijn March 12, 2013, 1:26 am

    405 votes behind 3rd. We need these bad-asses to help us take care of the birds:

  • Little Bluestem March 12, 2013, 2:45 am

    This cat would be up to the task:

    ETA: The video I viewed was only 9 seconds, although the link said 1:29. I see that this also says 1:29. I'll be interested to hear what others see.

  • Sasha March 12, 2013, 3:42 am

    Just voted…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO18021
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society16508
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY8716
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK8328
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY6290
  • snowathlete March 12, 2013, 5:31 am
    Little Bluestem

    This cat would be up to the task:

    ETA: The video I viewed was only 9 seconds, although the link said 1:29. I see that this also says 1:29. I'll be interested to hear what others see.

    That is one brave cat. The aligator is a pussy…saw the full length of the video.

  • snowathlete March 12, 2013, 10:20 am

    Just voted, and sent the reminder out to the list.

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 18279
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 17151
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 8901
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 8594
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 6415

    Only 307 behind.

  • Sasha March 12, 2013, 12:56 pm
    snowathlete

    Just voted, and sent the reminder out to the list.

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 18279
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 17151
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 8901
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 8594
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 6415

    Only 307 behind.

    Close, we're so, so close…

    Very glad you're doing that reminder list! :cat:

  • Sasha March 12, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Bump…

    :cat:

  • Sasha March 12, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Bump… :cat:

    Insomnia… o_O

    Don't forget, daily voting! Vote now! :ninja:

    (Always wanted to use that smiley – thought it was a man in a diving helmet but apparently it's a ninja).

  • helen41 March 12, 2013, 9:46 pm

    Let's Pluck em!!!!

  • Valentijn March 13, 2013, 1:14 am

    Voted! :cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 19655
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 18274
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 9434
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 9000
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 6758
  • Sasha March 13, 2013, 2:22 am

    Same here.

    :cat:

  • maryb March 13, 2013, 5:29 am

    9154 – if only we could have a big push we'd get past the birds – the 2 leaders are well away from us but we could get into the top 3 with a bit more effort.

  • Nielk March 13, 2013, 7:11 am

    9244!

  • Sasha March 13, 2013, 7:48 am

    We're exactly 250 behind the birds, the closest I've seen us for a while…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO19866
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society18416
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY9528
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK9278
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY6806

  • Valentijn March 13, 2013, 8:41 am
    Sasha

    We're exactly 250 behind the birds, the closest I've seen us for a while…

    It does seem to fluctuate throughout the day, but each day we seem to be creeping up a little bit closer :cat:

  • snowathlete March 13, 2013, 10:22 am

    I voted!

  • Sasha March 13, 2013, 2:21 pm

    The latest…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO20097
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society19554
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY9810
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK9530
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7006
  • Little Bluestem March 14, 2013, 12:06 am

    231 votes behind third!

  • Sasha March 14, 2013, 3:12 am

    Ten days to go…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO21608
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society20328
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10118
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK9846
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7326
  • snowathlete March 14, 2013, 6:50 am

    We ARE catching them. Lets really push to get a few more people voting.
    theme tune starts at about 25 seconds:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 21699
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 20370
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 10193
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 10009
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 7344
  • Sasha March 14, 2013, 8:06 am
    snowathlete

    We ARE catching them.

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 21699
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 20370
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 10193
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 10009
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 7344

    That's great – that gap really has closed. That's the lowest I've seen it for a long time now. Let's keep it up!

  • helen41 March 14, 2013, 8:40 am

    we ARE plucking those birds off their perch. We are only 114 votes behind them now!

  • Sasha March 14, 2013, 8:45 am
    helen41

    we ARE plucking those birds off their perch. We are only 114 votes behind them now!

    Excellent!

    I posted about the contest on Co-Cure last night, which is a website that someone just mentioned to me. I don't know much about it:

    http://co-cure.org/

    No idea if that will have helped get any votes!

  • snowathlete March 14, 2013, 9:06 am
    Sasha

    Excellent!

    I posted about the contest on Co-Cure last night, which is a website that someone just mentioned to me. I don't know much about it:

    http://co-cure.org/

    No idea if that will have helped get any votes!

    I expect it has. I know that the facebook fundraising group are working hard on this too, to drum up more votes with flyers and so on. We have to keep it up, but if we do then we have a great chance.

  • snowathlete March 14, 2013, 9:20 am
    I just voted, and sent out the email on the reminder service. Only 101 votes behind now.​
    Remember to mention the reminder service and provide a link when posting elsewhere on other forums etc, and when emailing/facebooking friends etc. as this helps get semi-interested people voting regularly.​
  • Sasha March 14, 2013, 9:20 am

    Holy pigeons, Batman, we're only 101 behind now! :cat::cat::cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO21943
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society20747
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10299
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK10198
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7399
  • Nielk March 14, 2013, 10:25 am
    snowathlete

    We ARE catching them. Lets really push to get a few more people voting.
    theme tune starts at about 25 seconds:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 21699
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 20370
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 10193
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 10009
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 7344

    :rofl::lol::thumbsup: I had a good laugh!

  • snowathlete March 14, 2013, 10:39 am
    Sasha

    Holy pigeons, Batman, we're only 101 behind now! :cat::cat::cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO21943
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society20747
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10299
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK10198
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7399

    Lets turn these holy pigeons into holey ones.

  • Mark March 14, 2013, 11:38 am
    Nielk

    :rofl::lol::thumbsup: I had a good laugh!

    :rofl::rofl::rofl::cry:

    Stop the pigeon – classic! 😀 Thanks for that Nielk. :)

  • snowathlete March 14, 2013, 6:14 pm

    bump…;)

  • snowathlete March 15, 2013, 4:36 am

    Only 62 behind. We ARE catching them. Keep going, remind everyone you know again to make sure we make it!

  • Sasha March 15, 2013, 4:43 am

    Just voted… 60 behind… :cat::cat::cat::cat::cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO22914
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society22727
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10883
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK10823
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7753
  • Sasha March 15, 2013, 5:32 am

    17 votes behind!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO22923
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society22743
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10899
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK10882
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7757
  • Valentijn March 15, 2013, 5:40 am

    12 votes behind!

  • Sasha March 15, 2013, 6:07 am

    WE'RE IN THIRD!!! :balloons::balloons::balloons: :cat:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO22942
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society22751
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK10918
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY10912
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY7764
  • Valentijn March 15, 2013, 6:22 am
    Sasha

    WE'RE IN THIRD!!! :balloons::balloons::balloons: :cat:

    By 30 votes now :-):cat:

  • snowathlete March 15, 2013, 6:26 am

    Thats fantastic. We have done really well to claw back third place…pecking away at their lead…flying back into third… We should push even harder now because I imagine that it will trigger a response from the birds.

  • snowathlete March 15, 2013, 6:48 am

    I just voted and sent out the reminder!

  • Sasha March 15, 2013, 7:00 am
    snowathlete

    I just voted and sent out the reminder!

    Great, that's very important – as Canada wakes up we tend to have slipped back but I think we maybe got a ton of new voters so today will be very interesting.

  • Purple March 15, 2013, 7:54 am
  • Nielk March 15, 2013, 8:03 am

    "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits" – Napopleon Hill

    Now is the time to step on the pedal and give it a strong push!

  • snowathlete March 15, 2013, 8:46 am

    This is typically their strongest point in the day.

  • helen41 March 15, 2013, 9:55 am

    The birds must be very angry birds about now. The Bounty website seems to be broken, and this is their biggest vote time. Hopefully they forget to come back today to see when it gets fixed

  • snowathlete March 15, 2013, 11:14 am

    The site is back, but what on earth has happened?

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 7208
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 7003
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 4391
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3789
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY

    Is it a mistake? Perhaps their database died and they restored to an old version? Or did they adjust everyone to remove dodgy looking votes? I can't believe we would have had so many dodgy votes though?!