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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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  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 4:55 am

    OK, they’re open for business and I’ve just been the first voter! :)

    Very pleased to say that voting is very, very easy.

    Go to this page:

    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php

    Click on ‘N’ to find the National ME/FM Action Network – it’s the second on the list of charities beginning with ‘N’.

    Click on the ‘vote’ button next to it.

    Enter your email address, do the Captcha thing that proves you’re not a robot, tick that you accept the T&Cs, don’t tick the thing saying you want to be kept updated on stuff from Nature’s Bounty, hit the ‘vote’ button, that’s it.

    Until tomorrow!

    Don’t forget we have a thread on this for support and instruction – I’m just getting my info in early because I’m in the UK and everyone else will still be asleep for a bit…

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde…0-voting-contest-help-faqs-and-updates.21764/

    Interestingly there are already some charities with votes even though it must be 5am in Canada. Here’s the leaderboard:

    · Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 15
    · MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC. 11
    · SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 8
    · WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY 5
    · ASPERGER MANITOBA INC. 3

    As so often happens in these contests, charities for animals can get a lot of votes! Disease-specific charities need to work hard to overtake them but we can do it.

    Come on Europe and Oz! Let’s get some votes in before Canada wakes up and see if we can get onto the leaderboard – it might help us get attention and extra votes.

    And please help yourselves to my new signature. 😎

  • maryb February 26, 2013, 5:19 am

    Now got 2 :thumbsup:

  • Merry February 26, 2013, 5:23 am

    3

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 5:25 am

    And with that third vote, we're on the leaderboard!

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC. 11
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 8
    • WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY 5
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 3
  • Kina February 26, 2013, 5:25 am

    Now have 4 :thumbsup:

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 5:27 am

    Look at us go! :)

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.11
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8
    • WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY5
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK4


  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 5:31 am

    Now they have 5!
    I really thing this is achievable. Great article, makes it all so easy and we're on it right at the start! I've taken your signature too – thats really gonna help me remember, and hopefully help others notice too. Thanks Sasha!

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 5:33 am

    And another. I promise not to do this forever but it's exciting to see us going up the board at the beginning! We're the only one of these guys who's moving. The rest must have exhausted their support in this time zone! It's only 6:30 am in Canada now – it will be interesting to see what happens when they wake up.

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.11
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK5
    • WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 5:36 am

    Every vote has come from Phoenix Rising so far – I'm proud of us! :thumbsup:

    Let's all of us get the Action Network up the charts so when our Canadian friends wake up this morning they can have a big smile on their faces! :)

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 5:47 am

    We're in third place now:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.12
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK8
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8
    • WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY5

    :):):)
  • Valentijn February 26, 2013, 6:14 am

    Still in third:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC. 13
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 11
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY 9

    Come on, we may be sick, but we can at least beat the animals! ( … not literally though :sluggish: )

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 6:25 am

    If we can storm the board today, a lot of supporters of other charities will be discouraged and the less committed ones won't come back to do their daily voting. :devil:

    Mark is sending out the PR email newsletter any minute if he hasn't already and this is the lead item so I hope we'll get more votes from that. :)

  • golden February 26, 2013, 7:07 am

    I have had a hiccup :(

    When trying to vote, I filled in the two security words…

    but then there is no 'enter' button so I cant gp forward from that page.

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 7:23 am
    golden

    I have had a hiccup :(

    When trying to vote, I filled in the two security words…

    but then there is no 'enter' button so I cant gp forward from that page.

    Hi golden – just under the tickboxes for T&Cs and getting mailings, can you see a 'vote' button just under there? It's a little hard to see – it's pale purple on a dark purple ground with 'vote' in white letters.

    Edit: a cleverer person than me could provide a screenshot… :whistle:

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 7:28 am

    I've just strained my eyesight and read the rules and regs about the runner-up prizes (for those charities not in the top three at the end). The more votes your charity got, the more chances it has in the random draw for three more cash prizes – it's as though each vote is a ticket that gets thrown into a barrel and they shake them all up and draw three out.

    We've got every reason to vote like crazy – we get multiple shots at this! :)

  • cruzgirl February 26, 2013, 7:43 am

    Alright I have voted, an early morning for me (from Canada) 8:42 a.m. Thank-you for making it so easy. Now to get busy sharing the link. Thanks for everyones support around the world! Great big gentle hugs, Lynn

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 7:55 am

    Second place! Go, go, go!

    • H.I.A. HARMONY IN ACTION WINDSOR47
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK28
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society26
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.25
    • Autism Dog Services Inc.24
  • cruzgirl February 26, 2013, 8:54 am
    cruzgirl

    Alright I have voted, an early morning for me (from Canada) 8:42 a.m. Thank-you for making it so easy. Now to get busy sharing the link. Thanks for everyones support around the world! Great big gentle hugs, Lynn

    Hi everyone, I have been sending out links via Facebook, one thing to make things easier I have also linked Phoenix Rising but the link comes up with this

    http://phoenixrising.me/archives/15930

    Is there anyway to change the links name so it reflects what we are doing and usually a picture with the link. I find many people like that better. People are more likely to click the link this way. Thanks everyone for all of this write up and all your hard work!

    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php#

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 9:13 am
    cruzgirl

    Hi everyone, I have been sending out links via Facebook, one thing to make things easier I have also linked Phoenix Rising but the link comes up with this

    http://phoenixrising.me/archives/15930

    Is there anyway to change the links name so it reflects what we are doing and usually a picture with the link. I find many people like that better. People are more likely to click the link this way. Thanks everyone for all of this write up and all your hard work!

    Mark – don't we have some sort of FB version or something? o_O

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 9:17 am

    We're WINNING!!!! :balloons::balloons::balloons:

    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK80
    • H.I.A. HARMONY IN ACTION WINDSOR74
    • Autism Dog Services Inc.48
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.47
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society43
  • Ember February 26, 2013, 9:30 am
    Sasha

    Let's all of us get the Action Network up the charts so when our Canadian friends wake up this morning they can have a big smile on their faces! :)

    Big smile in Canada! :)

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 9:32 am
    Ember

    Big smile in Canada! :)

    Excellent! :thumbsup:

  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 10:03 am
    Sasha

    Hi golden – just under the tickboxes for T&Cs and getting mailings, can you see a 'vote' button just under there? It's a little hard to see – it's pale purple on a dark purple ground with 'vote' in white letters.

    Edit: a cleverer person than me could provide a screenshot… :whistle:

    Here's a screenshot. See the vote button in the bottom right?
    If you dont, then your screen resolution might be low, in which case you will get a little grey scroll bar on the right hand side of the purple window (below the white cross), you can use that to scroll down to see the vote button.
    View attachment 4545

  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 10:17 am

    We have breached 100 votes. That's really great, it puts us in third, but first isn't that far ahead. We can definately catch them, but we need to push on!

    Make sure you send a link to the voting page or this article, to your friends and family. Get your mum, dad, sister, brother, nephew, neice, aunt, uncle, son, daughter, neighbour, dog, cat and ginea pig to vote! OK, the last three are probably against the rules, besides which they may have conflicting interests, but seriously – pass this on to other people. It really does make a difference!

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 10:21 am
    snowathlete

    We have breached 100 votes. That's really great, it puts us in third, but first isn't that far ahead. We can definately catch them, but we need to push on!

    Make sure you send a link to the voting page or this article, to your friends and family. Get your mum, dad, sister, brother, nephew, neice, aunt, uncle, son, daughter, neighbour, dog, cat and ginea pig to vote! OK, the last three are probably against the rules, besides which they may have conflicting interests, but seriously – pass this on to other people. It really does make a difference!

    I agree – votes are flailing around as the morning hits the different time zones in Canada and as people start hitting up their online contacts, us included. It's going to be all over the place so we must just push, push, push!

    Yeah, those cats and stuff have got vested interests in some of those other charities… :cat:

  • OverTheHills February 26, 2013, 12:10 pm

    142; NZ is doing its bit.

  • SpecialK82 February 26, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Thanks much to Sasha for the article and to the ME/CFS Fundraising group for getting a charity entered.

    I was149 and then it allowed me to put in my husband's email address, he was 155.

    I did not read the T & C's, I hope that they both will count. If anyone knows how many emails can come from one IP address, we may be able to get our family's permission and just put in their email addresses every day??

    By the way – we are still in second place in the middle of the day – yahoo :thumbsup:

  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 12:41 pm
    SpecialK82

    Thanks much to Sasha for the article and to the ME/CFS Fundraising group for getting a charity entered.

    I was149 and then it allowed me to put in my husband's email address, he was 155.

    I did not read the T & C's, I hope that they both will count. If anyone knows how many emails can come from one IP address, we may be able to get our family's permission and just put in their email addresses every day??

    I agree, this is well worth checking!

    We are in second at the moment, but several others are close behind!

    On the main page of the article – View the Post on the Blog – You can share the page via facebook, twitter, google+, by using the controls on the left:
    View attachment 4550
    Just click on the green button and then click Facebook, Twitter, or whatever method of sharing you want to use. Makes a massive difference spreading the word. Also if you have popular friends or contacts, ask them to re-tweet your tweet. Same with facebook posts.

    I just noticed that there are share buttons at the bottom of the forum thread too!

  • SpecialK82 February 26, 2013, 1:04 pm

    Sasha or anyone else – do you know how I can fix my signature so that it stays centered and doesn't all justify to the left when I use it like this:

  • Sasha February 26, 2013, 1:06 pm
    SpecialK82

    Sasha or anyone else – do you know how I can fix my signature so that it stays centered and doesn't all justify to the left when I use it like this:

    I use the formatting tool above the signatures text box to do this but presumably you've tried that!

  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 1:08 pm

    You can do it by selecting all the text in your sig with your mouse or by holding down shift and using the cursor keys, and then click the allign centre button:
    View attachment 4551

    Note: you dont see the control buttons if you try to edit on your mobile, ipod (i didnt anyway), so you'll need to do it on your computer/laptop/pad.

    If your on your phone, or it isnt working on your computer then try adding tags on either side of the text like this.

    [CENTER]text you want to display[/CENTER]
  • SpecialK82 February 26, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Thanks Sasha and Snowathlete (Love the screen shots!) I did try using the align center originally after I just cut and pasted Sasha's sig into my signature box. It all slid to the left in preview. Then I highlight each line individually and hit align center, it still slid left in the preview.

    So just now I went back into it and it all started out of the left side, and I then re-applied the align center to each line and it's working now. So maybe where the text is before applying the align center may make a difference? Otherwise, not sure why it didn't work the first time.

    Just wanted to throw that in there if others are stuggling with it.

  • Mark February 26, 2013, 1:21 pm
    Sasha

    Mark – don't we have some sort of FB version or something? o_O

    Yes we do, but I don't know anything about it, I'm not on Facebook.

  • SickOfSickness February 26, 2013, 3:34 pm

    We have 232 votes :) Is there a reminder list so people can be emailed daily about voting?

  • Sparrow February 26, 2013, 5:07 pm

    We're off to a fantastic start! I will be voting daily, and encouraging my family and friends to do the same! I love that this one doesn't require Facebook or any weird social media broadcasting. Quick, easy, and private.

    Even super ill, we can make a difference this way. Thank you to everyone who is voting.

  • snowathlete February 26, 2013, 5:52 pm

    283 votes. Back into second place. We've done good so far and it just goes to show what we can achieve, but we need to keep going – keep pushing hard.

    Think who else you can tell about this – use it as an excuse to get back in contact with someone you havent spoken to for a while and send them a mail.

    This is a major way that we can truely make a difference for our neglected illness. We have some power here to effect change. Strengthening each of our ME/CFS charities should be a principle focus of all of us this year.

  • ggingues February 26, 2013, 7:37 pm
    Sasha

    We're in third place now:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society15
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.12
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK8
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8
    • WILD ROSE HUMANE SOCIETY5

    :):):)

    How do you get to the leaderboard?

    GG

  • Little Bluestem February 27, 2013, 1:43 am

    I missed this yesterday, but will keep voting each day now. I was vote 499.

  • Valentijn February 27, 2013, 3:22 am
    ggingues

    How do you get to the leaderboard?

    http://www.sharethebounty.ca/

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 3:26 am
    SickOfSickness

    We have 232 votes :) Is there a reminder list so people can be emailed daily about voting?

    Excellent question!

    helen41 – can you help?

    BTW, remember we've got a thread especially for help:

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde…0-voting-contest-help-faqs-and-updates.21764/

  • snowathlete February 27, 2013, 5:25 am

    I VOTED TODAY TOO.

    still in second, 447 votes. All the rest in the top five are animal charities, so we are doing superb but need to keep it up. If we slack off any day then we lose, so keep voting and post here when you do!

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 5:34 am

    Yup, we're up against puppies and whatnot, always a tough one – we may not be as cute :alien: but we can be more persistent!

  • snowathlete February 27, 2013, 7:51 am

    First is achievable, but we've got to up our game a bit.

    Remind your friends and family to vote today! Send them an email and ask them to reply once they've done it.

    Tell your friends at church about it. Text your friends. Going to the doctor today? Tell him/her about it too – they may as well do something useful for you while you're there…

    Got kids? Ask them to vote and to tell their friends by text, facebook, twiter, school, clubs etc.

    Reply here once you've done something to get more votes, so that other people are encouraged to dig in!

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 7:59 am

    We're closing up on first place again, after nearly 9,000 votes in the contest altogether:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society606
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK527
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY352
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY339
    • MANITOBA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION INC.300

    Incidentally, Canada is between 4 and 8 hours behind the UK, depending which province. Alberta (where the 1st place charity is located) is 7 hours behind so they're about to get up for the day and get a load of local support so let's keep piling on the votes…

  • Kina February 27, 2013, 8:03 am

    Now at 531, in second place. :)

  • waiting February 27, 2013, 10:47 am

    Done. 619.

  • helen41 February 27, 2013, 11:01 am
    Sasha

    Excellent question!

    helen41 – can you help?

    /

    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

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 11:01 am

    We're holding our own against Alberta…

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society725
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK630
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO432
    • OOPSADAZY RESCUE AND SANTUARY SOCIETY419
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY

    Yikes, that rainbow thing wasn't there earlier…

    Remember, guys, at the weekends, daily voting tends to fall off so we've got to remember to vote while these other charities' supporters forget! :nerd:

  • Sasha February 27, 2013, 11:04 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

    Thanks, Helen.

    There's some sort of daily reminder function bundled in with Windows, I think – we've got someone looking into that but I'm not sure about the timeline so if anybody knows about it, now's the time!

    I expect this thread will be pretty visible at least for the first couple of weeks but it's a long contest and it could even end up being won on the basis of who remembers to vote at the weekends. So reminders are good. :p

  • helen41 February 27, 2013, 11:07 am
    SpecialK82

    I was149 and then it allowed me to put in my husband's email address, he was 155.

    I did not read the T & C's, I hope that they both will count. If anyone knows how many emails can come from one IP address, we may be able to get our family's permission and just put in their email addresses every day??
    By the way – we are still in second place in the middle of the day – yahoo :thumbsup:

    "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.