Vote Once, from Anywhere! Win £2,000 for Invest in ME

April 17, 2013

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by Sasha

Probably the easiest money we’ll ever raise is up for grabs in an online voting contest in which UK research charity Invest in ME is a frontrunner.

Anyone can vote, from anywhere in the world, and you vote just once, but you need a Google or Facebook account to do so (or to be willing to spring for postage).

The contest

The contest is being held by Direct Debit, who manage automated bill payments in the UK. They’re running a fresh contest each month until June, each with a top prize of £2,000 ($3,100), a second prize of £1,000 ($1,500) and £2,000 ($3,100) divided equally between a small number of runners-up.

We want the first prize for the April contest and, at the time of writing, Invest in ME is already in second place. Even if we get to first, we can’t be complacent: there are a few mega-charities in the pool whose supporters seem to be asleep but will give us a real run for our money (literally) if they wake up.

Invest in ME

Invest in ME (IiME) were only founded in 2005 but have made a big impact on the ME scene, with their driving passion for biomedical research. They want a national strategy for biomedical research into the causes, pathology and epidemiology of WHO-defined ME, leading to diagnostic biomarkers, medical treatments, and a cure.

With that focus, it’s hardly surprising that they’ve made a big hit with ME patients both in the UK and beyond, and one of their main activities is hosting an annual, international ME conference which now attracts not just clinicians and researchers but patient advocacy groups and journalists from all over the world.

This year’s conference, to be held on May 31 in London, has an impressive line-up that includes Dr Mady Hornig, the director of the eagerly-awaited Lipkin pathogen study; Prof. Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik of Bond University’s PHANU; Prof. Olav Mella and Dr Ǿystein Fluge of the Norwegian Rituximab study; and Dr Andreas Kogelnik of the Open Medicine Institute. One of the main functions of a conference is to get the right people in the same room together and it looks as though IiME know exactly how to do that.

Invest in ME’s other big project is to establish a UK and European Centre of Excellence for translational biomedical ME research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, that will also offer training and information for healthcare staff. The centre, using existing NHS infrastructure as far as possible, and based around the Norwich Research Park, will collaborate with international biomedical researchers. IiME have already raised £88,000 of the £100,000 needed to begin their first research project.

And finally, something I really like about IiME: they’re advertising the fundraising drive for Norway’s Rituximab trial. As they say, it’s not a competition.

That kind of attitude deserves our support and we can give it for free, for just a mouseclick.

How to vote

You only need to vote once – how refreshing! – and you can vote from anywhere in the world by logging into your Facebook or Google account and then going to Invest in ME’s voting page. Scroll down a bit and hit the big red button at the bottom right that says, ‘Vote for this cause’.

Only one vote for IiME is allowed from each IP address, which means that you can only get one vote per internet connection in your house.

Unusually, if you don’t have a Facebook or Google account you can vote by post. Send a postcard with your name and address, saying that you’re voting for Invest in ME, to: The Big Break, 131-151 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 5BB. The closing date for votes is 30 April.

You can keep an eye on how we’re doing by going to this page and clicking on the ‘Rank’ sort-order button.

Please vote, and get your friends and family to vote. Let’s put a £2,000 smile on Invest in ME’s faces!

 

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81 comments

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Sasha April 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

Since I wrote this, we've spent several days in first place but today there's a charity – Sands – that has come out of nowhere and is now only 25 votes behind us (we've got 1,653 to their 1,628) so if you haven't voted yet, don't muck about, do it now!

And if you've got friends and family who will vote, please, please ask them – we're so close to winning the top prize, if we can only hang onto first place until the end of April!

Sasha April 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Gack! We've slipped – we're trailing Sands by 25 votes.

We want first place back – vote now! Tell your friends and family! :)

snowathlete April 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Sasha, really well put together – very clear and motivating! So much so that I feel like voting again. If only I could…

SANDS are a big organization with a big following and they are a good cause, but we can probably still beat them, and even if we dont, second place still wins funding!

Sasha April 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm


snowathlete

Thanks Sasha, really well put together – very clear and motivating! So much so that I feel like voting again. If only I could…

SANDS are a big organization with a big following and they are a good cause, but we can probably still beat them, and even if we dont, second place still wins funding!

Thanks, Joel! :)

Yes, there are some very well-known charities on there but really, most of them don't seem to have noticed the contest.

We really can win this – but it's also one of those contests where every vote counts, because 2nd place also gets a big prize (£1,000) and a small number of runners-up also get £2,000 divided between them, so no-one should be discouraged from voting if they see us at any time not in lead position. Every vote is worth having (butI still want that £2,000!).

Sasha April 18, 2013 at 5:08 am

So, this morning, we've slipped further behind 1st place, with Sands opening up a lead at 1,915 votes to our 1,723; on the other hand, we're well ahead of 3rd place (1,470).

1st place (£2,000) and 2nd place (£1,000) are the places to be so if you haven't voted yet or got your friends and family to do so, please do that now! Let's at least maintain our 2nd place and see if we can get 1st place back. :)

snowathlete April 18, 2013 at 5:34 am

Yes, lets keep going. Second would still be an excellent achievement!

justy April 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

I've voted already, but it would be great to see everyone on PR giving their vote. We desperately need that 1st prize money of £2,000.

Anyone can vote from anywhere in the world, you don't have to be based in the UK or British.
Invest In Me's centre for M.E treatment and research would be an amazing breakthrough for all of us in Biritain, Europe and potentially in the world. Invest in Me's conferences are also brilliant – i usually buy the DVD'S every year and sit and watch them at my leisure.

All it takes is a couple of clicks and a facebook or e mail account.

Sasha April 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

Well, we're gaining a bit on Sands – they've hardly moved in the last few hours (11 votes) whereas we've done much better (44).

All to play for!

If you haven't voted yet, please do it now!:)

justy April 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

Yayy!!!

Sasha April 19, 2013 at 2:16 am

We're still holding in second place this morning – Sands are 1,968 and we're 1,833. So since yesterday, they've gone up about 50 votes and we're up about 120. :)

Maybe they've shot they're bolt but I don't think we've shot ours. If you haven't voted yet or told your friends, please do it now!

Sasha April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

We're continuing to close on Sands – they're now 1,978 and we're 1,858 – only 120 behind now.

Please vote, tell your friends, family…

There's an extra £1,000 in it for Invest in ME if we get first place!

justy April 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Vote Vote Vote!!!

snowathlete April 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

fundraising group emailed another 40 uk groups this evening, so fingers crossed that helps.

Sasha April 20, 2013 at 1:29 am


snowathlete

fundraising group emailed another 40 uk groups this evening, so fingers crossed that helps.

Brill – we have indeed closed the gap a bit – Sands are 1,991, we're 1,890. :)

Well done, fundraising group! :thumbsup:

Sasha April 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Amazing comeback! Sands have 2,008 votes and we've got 2,000 – we can overtake them! Everyone else is eating our dust. :D

All that fundraising group work is paying off, I think. :thumbsup:

If you haven't voted, do it now and tell your friends!

snowathlete April 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm

We're back where we belong: 1st!

Sasha April 21, 2013 at 2:41 am


snowathlete

We're back where we belong: 1st!

Outstanding! Well done, fundraising group!

Our 2,067 to their 2,022, third place a distant 1,660.

So we're ahead but not safely – vote, tell your friends…

snowathlete April 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

2077 to their 2023. We're collecting 10 votes for their 1 at the moment, so lets keep it up……..but not get complacent because it could all change if they started pushing again. vote, vote, vote!

Sasha April 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

We're now 2,104 to Sands's 2,028 – ahead by 76. :)

Not safe, though, by a long shot – still ten more days of voting!

snowathlete April 21, 2013 at 9:36 am


Sasha

We're now 2,104 to Sands's 2,028 – ahead by 76. :)

Not safe, though, by a long shot – still ten more days of voting!

A real achievement I think, that we have managed to find more than 2,000 individual supporters of this compeition so far. And a Facebook/Google+ comp. no less.

Sasha April 21, 2013 at 9:57 am


snowathlete

A real achievement I think, that we have managed to find more than 2,000 individual supporters of this compeition so far. And a Facebook/Google+ comp. no less.

Yes, these are storming numbers – a great reflection on the fundraising group who've helped to build up this level of support in the short space of time that these online contests have been going.

However, we're up against groups with strong local support – as an international crowd, we could smash every contest we entered if we can get everyone voting. These days they'd be jumping onto a fast-rolling bandwagon! All very encouraging. :)

Sasha April 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

Ay yay yay – we're back in second, by about 100 votes – Sands is leading with 2,309, we've got 2,206.

We need more votes!

Sasha April 24, 2013 at 1:39 am

Still second place today: Sands have 2,496, we've got 2,352 so we're 144 behind just now.

More votes! We need more votes! And their friends!

Sasha April 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Sands still leading but we both seem to have slowed at the rate at which we're gaining votes (just my impression, I'm not being scientific about it – not actually counting!). They're 2,546, we're 2,415 so they're 50 up and we're 63 up.

If we can bag some more votes from somewhere, first place is still doable.

snowathlete April 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

we already have aroudn 2500 individual votes, which is chronically awesome. AND we are only about 65 behind Sands, so we can definately still win this.

Sasha April 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm


snowathlete

we already have aroudn 2500 individual votes, which is chronically awesome. AND we are only about 65 behind Sands, so we can definately still win this.

Are we? We've caught up quite a bit, then. :)

Only five more voting days to go – this contest finishes at the end of April (Tuesday).

Sasha April 26, 2013 at 4:44 am

Really close now! Sands with 2,559, IiME have 2,534 – we're only 25 votes behind! 25 votes!

Argh! Argh!

Have you voted yet? Then now, now, now! :)

Tell your friends!

snowathlete April 26, 2013 at 6:52 am

We are ahead – even the alphabet supports us…we got 30 odd votes in the time SANDS got none so lets keep it up!

Sasha April 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

This is brilliant – we're 2,648 now and Sands are 2,562 – 86 ahead! :)

Just four more days… argh… close… it's close…

snowathlete April 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Thats great, they dropped behind over the weekend too, so lets hope we pull ahead over the coming days. I expect a rally from them on Monday so we need to get as far ahead as we possibly can!

snowathlete April 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

BTW – I dont know if the Norwegian competition got posted on PR or not? But we won that one too!!!

Sasha April 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm


snowathlete

BTW – I dont know if the Norwegian competition got posted on PR or not? But we won that one too!!!

Yes, I think we must have cross-posted – great, isn't it! $5,000 for the Canadian ME/FM Network, $4,300 for MEandYou and with any luck we might bag this one too!

Sasha April 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

We're even further ahead, by 121 votes, but we're still not safe – we've got 2,687, Sands have 2,568.

Third place is quite some way behind at 2,130.

Voting finishes on Tuesday (April 30) – still all to play for.

This is great, that our community has producted nearly 3,000 votes, particularly when you consider that you can only vote one per household and it's Facebook/Google-only. Very impressive.

snowathlete April 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

yes we need to get more votes, we're in the home stretch and we mustnt get complacent, so if you havent votes yet, then please do so now. And tell your friends!!!

Battery Muncher April 27, 2013 at 8:43 am


Yes, I think we must have cross-posted – great, isn't it! $5,000 for the Canadian ME/FM Network, $4,300 for MEandYou and with any luck we might bag this one too!

Wow this is really good – a belated well done to all involved! To be honest, I didn't even know about these competitions or else I'd have voted!

Perhaps we could make it a convention to cross post all competitions in the "general discussion" forum? There are a lot of forums on PR, and it's easy to miss things if you don't check regularly.

Merry April 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

Battery Muncher, thanks for your interest. You could use the Watch Forum function to get posts from the Fundraising subforum. I have not used this function myself. [Edit: Having said that, it looks like this contest doesn't have a thread in the Fundraising subforum but only in Phoenix Rising Articles.]

Snowathlete has set up a contest reminder service: http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/free-me-cfs-competition-voting-reminders.22105/ I haven't read through the thread so am not sure if this service was just for one contest.

Everyone's welcome, of course, to join the Facebook ME ME/CFS Fundraising Group. Here's the thread Eric started on the subject:

http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde…ne-contests-fundraising-info-in-post-1.11803/

See the Trophy Wall to get an idea of how much money we've raised already for ME charities:

http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde…ings-in-online-contests-list-in-post-2.12440/

Sasha April 27, 2013 at 9:59 am


Battery Muncher

Wow this is really good – a belated well done to all involved! To be honest, I didn't even know about these competitions or else I'd have voted!

Perhaps we could make it a convention to cross post all competitions in the "general discussion" forum? There are a lot of forums on PR, and it's easy to miss things if you don't check regularly.

Hi Battery Muncher – sorry you missed it/them!

I suppose it is quite confusing because some threads are articles on our main page (so have banner headline at the top of every forum page while they're the most recent article) while some threads are articles in the fundraising section. If we're going to cross-post, we should cross-post to the fundraising subforum, probably.

snowathlete April 27, 2013 at 11:36 am


Merry

Snowathlete has set up a contest reminder service: http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/free-me-cfs-competition-voting-reminders.22105/ I haven't read through the thread so am not sure if this service was just for one contest.

yes, it is still open and in use!

Sasha April 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm


Battery Muncher

Wow this is really good – a belated well done to all involved! To be honest, I didn't even know about these competitions or else I'd have voted!

Perhaps we could make it a convention to cross post all competitions in the "general discussion" forum? There are a lot of forums on PR, and it's easy to miss things if you don't check regularly.

By the way, do you use the 'What's new' tab on the forums? We post quite frequently on these competition threads – at least a couple of times a day – to try to keep bumping the thread title up the forum list of 'what's new'.

We also run an article at the start of most of the competitions, on the front page of Phoenix Rising – do you look at the articles regularly?

Just curious about how other people use the forum! Apparently a lot of people have never noticed the 'What's new' button, for example, and a lot of people read the front-page articles but never visit the forums.

Battery Muncher April 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thanks for the replies guys. I don't know how to quote so…

Sasha: Yes, I've never really noticed the 'what's new' button, which is a bit embarrassing! Personally, I only really read the forums – and when I'm feeling particularly tired, I usually just go for the first two (general discussion and latest research) or else I feel a bit overwhelmed.

Having said that, I will certainly use all of these options from now on – they seem pretty useful!

Merry: Thanks for your extremely helpful post!

Battery Muncher April 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

Finally I just want to say well done, once again, to the ME/CFS community for amazing effort – we've stormed ahead, and now lead by 172 votes! That means we've widened the gap by 51 votes!

1) Invest in ME – 2753
2) Sands – 2581
3) 2143

Only two more days left – one last push and we've won!

Sasha April 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Still doing amazingly well – we're 2,773, Sands is 2,581 so we're 192 ahead!

However, last week they pulled in an extra 300 on the Monday morning, I seem to remember reading, so we can't be complacent.

If you haven't voted or asked your friends to vote, do it now! :)

snowathlete April 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Yes they will push tomorrow, so I think we need to find more votes if we want to come in first! SO VOTE VOTE VOTE if you haven't yet, and do make the extra effort to tell your family and friends. You can also tweet and share this on facebook using the buttons at the bottom of this post.

Sasha April 29, 2013 at 5:29 am

Still looking good – we're still in 1st place with 2,796 and Sands have 2,582 so they're 214 votes behind.

Not safe enough though – especially if they make a post-weekend comeback like last time.

Vote if you haven't already! Get your friends to vote too!

snowathlete April 29, 2013 at 5:56 am

If I were them I would push for votes later today so that we don't have time to respond. It would be good if we could find some more votes.

Sasha April 29, 2013 at 5:58 am


snowathlete

If I were them I would push for votes later today so that we don't have time to respond. It would be good if we could find some more votes.

I agree – I always wonder where these groups get a big surge of votes from – some of them in some contests do it over and over again. Mind you, so do we sometimes – I assume that's you and the fundraising group mailing another load of people! :)

snowathlete April 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yes, people in the fundraising group have been working hard, posting on facebook pages of ME/CFS groups, etc. It does help. It would be great if we won this.

Sasha April 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The CFS Patient Advocate's latest post on his blog is a terrific advert for Invest in ME's conferences (which he travels from the US to attend) and shows clearly why they're so well worth supporting – with your VOTE! :)

http://cfspatientadvocate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/fish-or-cut-bait_29.html

If you haven't voted yet or asked your friends to do so, please do it now – voting ends tomorrow (presumably at midnight-ish UK time, but I don't know). There's still time for Sands to stage a comeback – they have done so several times already! :eek:

Sasha April 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Argh! Sands making their move! Argh! :eek:

We're leading with 2,828 to their 2,773 – they're only 55 behind! They've pulled back about 150 votes in a few hours. :eek: :eek::eek:

Have we got any more votes in the locker?

snowathlete April 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm


Sasha

Argh! Sands making their move! Argh! :eek:

We're leading with 2,828 to their 2,773 – they're only 55 behind! They've pulled back about 150 votes in a few hours. :eek: :eek::eek:

Have we got any more votes in the locker?

not that I know of. I will ask the fundraising group, see if there is anything to be done. Well done for spotting the march!

Sasha April 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm


snowathlete

Well done for spotting the march!

That's insomnia for you. :confused:

I hope the fundraising group can pull a few more votes out of the hat! At least the US and Canada and Oz will still be awake. Maybe some votes there…

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 1:50 am

12 votes! The final day's voting and we're behind Sands by 12 votes! :eek: :eek::eek:

The others are in the dust, it's just us and Sands. We get £1,000 in second but we want the £2,000 for first place!

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 2:56 am

We're two votes behind now! :alien:

(I know that's an alien smiley but he looks so excited!)

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 3:36 am

We're having our own surge now!

We're in 1st place with 2,989, Sands have 2,942 – we're 47 ahead! :alien::alien::alien:

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 5:48 am

Our surge forward got bigger in the last couple of hours – we're ahead with 3,094 to Sands's 2,965 – we're 129 ahead! :alien:

I don't know where those extra votes came from but I'm very grateful for them! :)

But we've got to keep this up til midnight! :eek:

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

Sands are closing – we're a bare 83 ahead now and there are 7 hours til midnight! :eek:

Vote, if you haven't!

snowathlete April 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

yes 80 odd votes is unlikely to be enough to keep us in first place because I expect SANDS will have a surge later on today. So, if you haven't emailed your friends/family yet then please do so now!
Also, if you have already facebooked it, great, but if you have the energy then use facebook messenger to check with your supportive contacts to see if they have voted yet – many are willing, but just need a bit of prompting!

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

4 hours til midnight and we're 3,279, they're 3,214 – only 65 in it. :eek: :eek::eek:

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm

We're leading by only 3 votes! :eek: :eek::eek::eek::eek:

Only two and a half hours to go, if they're stopping at midnight UK time.

If you haven't voted, NOWWWWW!

snowathlete April 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

VOTE VOTE VOTE. It is going to come down to a handful of votes, and those votes are worth £1000 (more than $1500) and this charity do a lot internationally and fund bio-medical research

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm


snowathlete

VOTE VOTE VOTE. It is going to come down to a handful of votes, and those votes are worth £1000 (more than $1500) and this charity do a lot internationally and fund bio-medical research

It really is – we just picked up more votes since I posted! We're 3,373, they're 3,359 – 14 votes in it now.

I'm amazed that either group is still pulling more votes out of the bag at this late stage. If we've got more support in the US and Canada than Sands, and our friends over the water will vote, we'll win!

Fantastic that we've got nearly 4,000 votes, though – I don't know what the biggest turn-out in an ME contest has been yet but surely this is one of the biggest? And it's restricted to people with Facebook and Google accounts and only one per IP address.

I think the ME contest bandwagon is really starting to roll! :cool:

Wow, since I started typing we're now 3,388, they're 3,369 – whoever's joining in, keep piling on! :)

snowathlete April 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm


Sasha

It really is – we just picked up more votes since I posted! We're 3,373, they're 3,359 – 14 votes in it now.

I'm amazed that either group is still pulling more votes out of the bag at this late stage. If we've got more support in the US and Canada than Sands, and our friends over the water will vote, we'll win!

Fantastic that we've got nearly 4,000 votes, though – I don't know what the biggest turn-out in an ME contest has been yet but surely this is one of the biggest? And it's restricted to people with Facebook and Google accounts and only one per IP address.

I think the ME contest bandwagon is really starting to roll! :cool:

Wow, since I started typing we're now 3,388, they're 3,369 – whoever's joining in, keep piling on! :)

We just emailed some groups in Canada, so I think that has given us another 20 ish votes. I dont know either but I think 4000 shows that the community has started to believe that we can win these competitions and fundraising efforts are a bit more coordinated and systemic than they used to be, so there is a lot to be optimitic about going forward.
BUT IF YOU ARE READING THIS THEN PLEASE VOTE IF YOU HAVENT YET!

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm


snowathlete

We just emailed some groups in Canada

Thanks to you and the fundraising group – you're really working away down the vote mines!

snowathlete April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

US: 3481 v. SANDS: 3452 :) LETS KEEP IT UP!

snowathlete April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm


Sasha

Thanks to you and the fundraising group – you're really working away down the vote mines!

there's gold in them mines!

Purple April 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Anyone with Twitter accounts and lots of followers – please tweet about this contest :) Thank you!

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm


Sasha

Wow, since I started typing we're now 3,388, they're 3,369 – whoever's joining in, keep piling on! :)

Since I wrote that 45 minutes ago, we've each got about another hundred votes!

We're now 3,493, they're 3,457 – we're 36 ahead. :eek: :alien::sluggish:

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm


Purple

Anyone with Twitter accounts and lots of followers – please tweet about this contest :) Thank you!

Or even one follower! Seriously, I can see this coming down to a single vote! :eek:

Sasha April 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Well, it's 11:30pm in the UK – I'm assuming half an hour until voting closes.

We're leading with 3,578 and Sands have 3,488 – so we're leading by 90 votes! :alien::alien::alien:

Fingers crossed we hold that lead! If you haven't voted, do it now!

If someone could have a look at vote numbers just before midnight it'd be interesting – I'd like to know how many votes we bagged altogether – both us and Sands.

I'm off to bed now – I'm hoping I'll wake up tomorrow morning to a win. Goodnight! :sleep:

Mark April 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Two minutes to midnight: 3,621 to 3,503.

Sasha May 1, 2013 at 12:46 am


Mark

Two minutes to midnight: 3,621 to 3,503.

Thank you! Pending confirmation from Direct Debit, I'm calling that a win! :balloons::balloons::balloons:

Thank you and well done to everyone who voted. I think that turnout beats our record! That's £2,000 to a charity that's very active and focused on getting biomedical research for us all. I'm sure they'll make that money work very hard for us.

snowathlete May 1, 2013 at 6:04 am

SCORE! (Probably)

No ME/CFS groups in the May competition which is disappointing.

Bob May 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

Great result everyone!!! :)

snowathlete

No ME/CFS groups in the May competition which is disappointing.

Anyone can nominate any UK charity for the June competition, which is the final monthly competition.
Perhaps we should think about nominating ME Research UK? I've had a look, and they are eligible.

Battery Muncher May 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

Well done everyone! Amazing turnout!

Purple May 1, 2013 at 8:44 am


snowathlete

SCORE! (Probably)

No ME/CFS groups in the May competition which is disappointing.

Is it not possible to nominate during the voting period? Anyone knows?

snowathlete May 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

Very good

Purple

Is it not possible to nominate during the voting period? Anyone knows?

question. I don't know but maybe

Bob May 1, 2013 at 9:12 am


Purple

Is it not possible to nominate during the voting period? Anyone knows?

No: "All nominations will be verified and once approved will go into the public voting for next month."

https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/GoodCauses.aspx

Sasha May 1, 2013 at 9:17 am


Bob

Anyone can nominate any UK charity for the June competition, which is the final monthly competition.
Perhaps we should think about nominating ME Research UK? I've had a look, and they are eligible.

They've been nominated for June.

Bob May 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Thought you all might be interested that MEandYou won 1st place, and 25000 Norwegian kroner, in a Norwegian facebook contest. MeandYou are collecting funds for the Rituximab study.
It's all in Norwegian, but here are the results, in case interested:
https://www.facebook.com/DanskeBankNorge?sk=app_554822584549676

25000 kroner = UK£2767 = US$4307

snowathlete May 8, 2013 at 3:34 am
Sasha May 8, 2013 at 3:46 am


snowathlete

We won!!
https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/Monthlywinners.aspx

Fantastic – it's official!

Well done again to everyone who voted – brilliant effort! :thumbsup:

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