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Vote Now, Vote Daily, Vote from Anywhere – Photo Finish in the Nature’s Bounty Charity Contest!

by Sasha

Real mud flying while we’re neck and neck! Photo by Paolo Camera on flickr.

Quick! You have 27 seconds to win $5,000 for an ME/FM charity!

So please – don’t think! – do this now and then come back and read about why you did it:

  • Click on ‘N’ to get the list of charities beginning with ‘N’.
  • The second one down is the National ME/FM Action Network. Click on the ‘Vote’ button.
  • Enter your email address in the box that pops up, do the Captcha thing to prove you’re not a robot, tick the box accepting the terms and conditions and hit the ‘Vote’ button.

Done! OK, maybe that 27 seconds comes with practice but it’s daily voting, so please keep coming back until the contest ends on 29th March.

So, why did you do that? Because the Action Network, which is Canada’s main ME/FM charity, is in a close fight for third place in the contest. Third place wins $5,000: no prizes for fourth.

Over the past few days we’ve been in third place, been in fourth, been back in third and so on as we’ve fought a close battle with a charity that looks after birds. Yes, birds. Nothing wrong with animal charities but surely we are every bit as appealing so let’s fight for that cash!

The Action Network is well worth supporting. They led the development of the Canadian Consensus Criteria for diagnosis, from which we’ve all benefited, they promote research and they support 750,000 patients in Canada through advocacy, education and information.

Thanks to an all-out effort across the community – particularly the ME/CFS Fundraising Group on Facebook, which includes members of Phoenix Rising – we’re getting about 1,100 votes a day and we need to keep pulling in more voters.

You can sign up to a free, daily reminder to vote here. It’s a Google Group so if you have a gmail address then you can go straight in and sign up. If you don’t have a gmail address you can get the reminder sent to your existing email address (Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc.), but to set that up you will first need to open a Google account by signing up quick and painlessly here. Then go to the Google Group and join it.

So, as we enter the final days of the contest, please vote, tell your friends to vote and keep voting daily!

Phoenix Rising costs money to run and needs your donations to keep it going. Without you we can’t continue to serve you and the community. Please donate!

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{ 71 comments… add one }

  • Sasha March 19, 2013, 6:01 am

    This article went live a little while ago and has had one view so I thought it would be interesting to post votes now so we can see them going up (I hope!).

    We're currently chasing third by a mere 66 votes!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO31453
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society29693
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY14982
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK14916
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8932
  • Nielk March 19, 2013, 7:16 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO31520
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society29734
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY15068
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK15017
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY8950

    • 51 votes behind third place.​

  • snowathlete March 19, 2013, 9:49 am

    Thanks Sasha for this article – perfect. These things make a difference, especially as we are now reaching the business end of the competition. I really hope people read this and vote because it could go either way by a tiny number of votes. Each vote really does count and every dollar we get for an ME/CFS/FM charity anywhere in the world, helps to increase awareness, and hel patients get the help and research that we all need.

  • Sasha March 19, 2013, 10:00 am

    Thanks snowathlete – yes, there's currently about 60 votes in it and it's going to be incredibly close.

    When you think what we'd have to do to raise $5,000 through donations, and this is just free money…

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO31660
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society30309
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY15331
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK15272
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY9039
  • taniaaust1 March 19, 2013, 11:13 am

    Thanks Sasha . I just voted in this for the first time and want to tell everyone this one is VERY EASY to vote in unlike some of the other competitions. It took me only about 15 seconds so please do vote.

    (I'd been worried about that thingy in which one needs to prove one wasnt a robot as much of the time I cant work out the letters of that kind of thing but on this one, it was easy to get the letters and words **fingers crossed its like that all the time).

    We are down currently about 80 votes so every vote will make a difference. (I'll try to get my family voting too).

  • snowathlete March 19, 2013, 11:22 am
    taniaaust1

    Thanks Sasha . I just voted in this for the first time and want to tell everyone this one is VERY EASY to vote in unlike some of the other competitions. It took me only about 15 seconds so please do vote.

    (I'd been worried about that thingy in which one needs to prove one wasnt a robot as much of the time I cant work out the letters of that kind of thing but on this one, it was easy to get the letters and words **fingers crossed its like that all the time).

    We are down currently about 80 votes so every vote will make a difference. (I'll try to get my family voting too).

    Great to hear tania. By the way, if you ever do get a tricky Captcha text thingy, then you can press the blue refresh button to the side of it for another one that will likely be easier, but generally they arent too bad on this site.

  • Sasha March 19, 2013, 11:34 am
    taniaaust1

    Thanks Sasha . I just voted in this for the first time and want to tell everyone this one is VERY EASY to vote in unlike some of the other competitions. It took me only about 15 seconds so please do vote.

    (I'd been worried about that thingy in which one needs to prove one wasnt a robot as much of the time I cant work out the letters of that kind of thing but on this one, it was easy to get the letters and words **fingers crossed its like that all the time).

    We are down currently about 80 votes so every vote will make a difference. (I'll try to get my family voting too).

    Thanks, Tania – you and your family's extra votes will be very important. We're really at the every-vote-counting stage.

    I'm starting to quite enjoy the weird Captcha words – some of them are quite funny!

  • OverTheHills March 19, 2013, 12:14 pm

    NZ still plugging away. I vote every morning as soon as I wake up and its very easy.

  • Sasha March 19, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Still in fourth, still close, still need the votes!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO31780
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society30992
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY15605
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK15440
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY9135
  • Sasha March 19, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Still in fourth – vote, vote, vote!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO31801
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society31314
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY15762
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK15599
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY9193
  • Little Bluestem March 20, 2013, 12:13 am

    We have until March 29? I thought this contest ended March 20 (today). :confused:
    We are now 263 votes behind 3rd.

  • snowathlete March 20, 2013, 4:20 am

    Doing much better , less than 50 behind. Every single vote is important so ask your neighbours, church friends, Facebook friends, etc to all vote!

  • Sasha March 20, 2013, 4:26 am
    snowathlete

    Doing much better , less than 50 behind. Every single vote is important so ask your neighbours, church friends, Facebook friends, etc to all vote!

    We've had an overnight boost and are now 6 votes behind third place, thanks to a tireless supporter who has negotiated the support of Reach for the Rainbow, who are now voting for us – we must vote for them! We can help assure them first place and they can help us bag third.

    So, please everybody, vote for us and use your second vote for Reach for the Rainbow!

  • Sasha March 20, 2013, 4:53 am

    Hardy har har:

    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society32647
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO32113
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK16359
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY16358
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY9380

    Don't forget, use your second daily vote for Reach for the Rainbow – they're helping us (and they are also a charity for disabled people)! Here's their website:

    http://www.reachfortherainbow.ca/

  • Valentijn March 20, 2013, 7:00 am
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 32760
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 32238
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 16519
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 16486

    Voted for both the ME group and the Rainbow group :)

  • charlie1 March 20, 2013, 9:14 am

    I continue to vote for National ME/FM Action Network. (proud Canadian!)
    We're in 3rd place @ 16,717 votes. Yeah!!

  • helen41 March 20, 2013, 9:24 am

    WOOHOO! We have an alliance with Reach for the Rainbow!! (thank you Kina for your wonderful negotiating)
    When voting for National ME/FM Action, please take a moment and also vote for Reach for the Rainbow. Many of us are posting our vote numbers on this post https://www.facebook.com/ReachForTheRainbow/posts/482390205160811 so they can see we are sincere.
    The tide is turning!!!

  • K2 for Hope March 20, 2013, 11:44 am

    As a reminder for myself to vote everyday, I added the voting website to my bookmarks and placed it first in the top line of my browser. I can add and delete the contests that are running and it helps me to remember.

    I also know that the "fundraising and contest" group has created a daily reminder email list you can subscribe to which will remind you to vote as most of us, me included, have very short term memories.

    ME/CFS Charity Competitions Voting Reminder Service:

    https://groups.google.com/forum/embed/?place=forum/me-cfs-charity-competitions-voting-reminder-service#!forum/me-cfs-charity-competitions-voting-reminder-service

    Each contest wins not only money for funding ME/CFS orgs, but brings this illness into much needed public attention.

    As it is OK to vote for 2 orgs on the same day, I am also voting for "Reach for the Rainbow" which is another organization that helps people who cannot always help themselves, like us.

    Thanks to all those who have put so much effort into making great strides for our cause.

  • caledonia March 20, 2013, 11:45 am

    I voted for Reach for the Rainbow as well as our group, and also made a made a post on their Facebook page so they know I'm voting for them. https://www.facebook.com/ReachForTheRainbow/posts/482390205160811

    I have a link to contest in my daily bookmarks as well. (I have several websites/forums that I visit each day in my bookmarks.)

  • Sing March 21, 2013, 6:30 am

    I've been voting every day too. It is noteworthy what "our crowd" of organizations seeking help is, what company we are keeping: animal welfare and programs for kids with disabilities.

  • SickOfSickness March 21, 2013, 8:40 am

    We are nearly 300 votes behind again :(

  • Sasha March 21, 2013, 9:48 am
    SickOfSickness

    We are nearly 300 votes behind again :(

    We've come back from that far down before – let's keep going! Just eight more days now and I suspect that those birds will lose quite a few votes when Nature's Bounty check at the end.
    :cat:

  • maryb March 21, 2013, 10:49 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 37827
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 37143
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 18548
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 18061

    Flippiing heck what's going on??

  • Sasha March 21, 2013, 10:52 am
    maryb

    Flippiing heck what's going on??

    Your guess is as good as mine! The PR newsletter will be going out soon, if it hasn't already – we're featuring the contest reminder. That should help.

  • Mark March 21, 2013, 11:10 am

    The newsletter went out more than 24 hours ago I'm afraid. It looks to me like the animal charities have also started voting for each other as well and that's worsened our position; it's not looking good for the humans at the moment…although we seem to have boosted Reach for the Rainbow a bit which is good.

  • Sasha March 21, 2013, 11:51 am

    I'm hopeful that the humans will come out ahead once the votes are cleaned up – and now the Rainbow charity have sent an email to their members asking them to support us so we could be laughing. We just have to keep on trucking!

  • snowathlete March 21, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Latest stats for the last 24 hours show that our vote rate hasn't really gone up.

  • Sasha March 21, 2013, 12:43 pm
    snowathlete

    Latest stats for the last 24 hours show that our vote rate hasn't really gone up.

    The email only just went out, though – I hope we might see something in the upcoming 24 hours. :)

    I am every hopeful!

  • SickOfSickness March 21, 2013, 1:14 pm
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 38556
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 37803
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 18722
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 18219
  • Mark March 21, 2013, 1:19 pm

    It's weird how we are now back at a nearly exact 500 deficit as opposed to the consistent 100 deficit we've been at for the last week or so. And the gap between 1st and 2nd seems to have widened by about the same margin. I still can't figure out what's going on here…

  • Sasha March 21, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Me neither. But weird is weird and what's weird might well get removed at the end in the vote-cleaning process by Nature's Bounty. 😎

  • Little Bluestem March 22, 2013, 2:04 am

    When I voted, we were 469 votes behind 3rd place. In the last approximately 24 hours we have received 75 fewer votes than the birds.

  • Sasha March 22, 2013, 2:08 am
    Little Bluestem

    When I voted, we were 469 votes behind 3rd place. In the last approximately 24 hours we have received 75 fewer votes than the birds.

    And yet our vote is up 300 on yesterday, by my count. Everybody's putting their best effort in!

  • helen41 March 22, 2013, 9:37 am

    We also need to remember that every vote we cast is also another chance in the draw for $5000. Someone looked at the numbers, and posted elsewhere that it looks like a 1/3 chance if the birds maintain their lead and we didn't win the voted prize.

  • Sasha March 22, 2013, 9:51 am
    helen41

    We also need to remember that every vote we cast is also another chance in the draw for $5000. Someone looked at the numbers, and posted elsewhere that it looks like a 1/3 chance if the birds maintain their lead and we didn't win the voted prize.

    That's a good point. At the end of the contest, the top three winners' votes will be removed – which at the moment, would be 100,000 votes removed from a total of 270,000, leaving 170,000 – and then three more charities are drawn for a $5k prize, with their chances proportional to their vote. At the moment, we've got 19,000 votes. If things remain in proportion, we'd have a 19/170 chance (=1/9) on each of three draws of getting $5k.

    Still far better to guarantee it by coming third – but now we can keep two reasons in mind for racking up the votes!

  • maryb March 24, 2013, 9:13 am
    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO 47646
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 44900
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY 22075
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK 21217

    :(:(

  • Nielk March 24, 2013, 10:00 am

    Please keep on voting. It is not over until…the fat lady sings!
    Besides, we can still win $5,000 with the 3 draws at the end.

  • maryb March 24, 2013, 10:18 am

    I will keep on voting but something is definitely going on – wish I knew what:(

  • snowathlete March 24, 2013, 11:13 am

    I just voted, and sent out the reminder email. We've got a good chance of winning one of those bonus prices.

  • Little Bluestem March 25, 2013, 12:35 am

    We are now 1040 votes behind 3rd place. Reach for the Rainbow is getting over 2000 more vote/day than we are. If more of their people start voting for us, they could wipe that lead out quickly.

  • Sasha March 25, 2013, 3:05 am

    Final straight – voting ends on Friday!

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO49752
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society46603
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY23006
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK22047
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY11312
  • Little Bluestem March 26, 2013, 12:59 am

    We got more votes than the birds did in the last approximately 24 hours! The gap is closing. :sluggish:

    ETA: We had a noticable increase in the number of votes, so Reach for the Rainbow must be voting for us. It might be good if someone on Facebook would note this on their FB page and thank them (and ask more of them to vote).

  • GcMAF Australia March 26, 2013, 1:28 am

    and please vote for Australian health
    election year
    ABC election concerns
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2013/votecompass/
    survey
    my points are
    Lyme disease
    Medical Malpractise
    greed in Australia
    Both parties are incompetent

    Government lives in 1902
    [​IMG]
    Vote Compass
    http://www.abc.net.au
    ABC News is launching an interactive online application to help voters engage on important policy issues during the coming federal election campaign.

  • Sasha March 26, 2013, 4:15 am
    GcMAF Australia

    and please vote for Australian health
    election year

    Hi GA – you might want to start a new thread on that – I suspect that by this time, it's a relatively small number of hardcore Nature's Bounty voters on this thread, mostly bumping it to keep it visible on the forums to remind people to vote. I don't think many people will see your request here.

  • Sasha March 26, 2013, 4:18 am

    Just voted…

    We're about 840 behind – this time yesterday it was 960 behind. A slight closing of the gap – don't know if both we and the birds are picking up speed – I haven't been monitoring the daily vote increase.

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO53597
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society50446
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY24376
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK23547
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY11849
  • snowathlete March 26, 2013, 11:58 am

    I just voted!

  • SickOfSickness March 26, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Now we are 980 votes behind the birds.

  • Little Bluestem March 27, 2013, 12:31 am

    I have been monitoring the daily vote changes for the past few days. We and the birds got about the same number of votes in the last 24 hours, down for both of us, so we are about the same number of votes apart. Voting for Reach for the Rainbow was down even more.

  • Sasha March 27, 2013, 3:44 am

    Just voted, and we're still 860 down but it ain't over til it's over and only two more days to go:

    • REACH FOR THE RAINBOW ONTARIO56740
    • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society53517
    • MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY25677
    • NATIONAL ME/FM ACTION NETWORK24811
    • SENIOR ANIMALS IN NEED TODAY SOCIETY12381
  • Mark March 27, 2013, 1:31 pm
    Little Bluestem

    I have been monitoring the daily vote changes for the past few days. We and the birds got about the same number of votes in the last 24 hours, down for both of us, so we are about the same number of votes apart. Voting for Reach for the Rainbow was down even more.

    Throughout the contest, I have suspected that would be the case re: the background level of voting. It's very strange. Whenever we've boosted our vote and overtaken them, increasing our daily vote, there has been a response within 24 hours which looks almost as if they've conjured 100, 200 or in this case 1000 one-off votes out of thin air. Then, the gap remains constant, and the daily voting levels remain about the same for both of us. It wouldn't surprise me if the final tally were adjusted significantly from what we see on the leaderboard right now.