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Article: Win money for ME/CFS Research II: The 1.25 million Vivint Facebook Contest

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Phoenix Rising Team, May 30, 2011.

  1. caledonia

    caledonia

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    There are actually 6 winners, not 5. Cort can you change your article to reflect this?

    So there will be an overall winner with $250k, then five $100k winners, one from each of the 5 regions.

    So if WPI came in second in Pacific, but the first place in Pacific was also the overall winner, WPI would still get $100k. However, last year Utah Prader Willi (Mountain) was the overall winner.
     
  2. caledonia

    caledonia

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    I think right now we should concentrate on getting everyone who is not on Facebook, signed up for Facebook and also signed up the to the WPI voting reminder link.

    Then we can hopefully start off with a bang on day one and keep the momentum going.

    I'm going to change my signature to reflect this.
     
  3. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Hi Caledonia - My understanding is that the overall winner gets $250k and the winners of the remaining regions each get $100k.

    ETA: It says on their site, "The charity that has earned the most overall votes will then be awarded $250,000. The remaining charities that earn the most from each of the regions will each receive a $100,000 donation."
     
  4. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    That's a good idea. I think a lot of ME people may not be on Facebook - I find communication with people that I can't control at my own pace to be a burden because I get tired so easily and Facebook is my idea of a complete nightmare. I created an account especially for fundraising contests like this but I don't use it socially at all.
     
  5. Dolphin

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    It would be good to get more people on Facebook. However, I would have thought with Chase Community Giving, most people who might sign up already have.

    To win this contest, we need X (750-1000?) amount of daily/near-daily voters I would think. The WPI got over 9000 votes in Chase Community Giving.
     
  6. caledonia

    caledonia

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    No, somewhere on the original thread that SpecialK started, there is a list of winners from last year. Utah Prader Willi won $250k, then the top from each region (including Mountain) won $100k. That's 6, not 5.

    I know, I was surprised too. If you read the quote I posted from the contest rules, it says, first an overall winner (top vote getter) will be determined. Then the remaining top vote getters from each region get $100k. There are 5 regions.

    So one overall winner $250k, then one from each region $100k.
     
  7. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Weird! Thanks for clarifying, though!
     
  8. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    For anyone interested to know how ME/CFS groups are doing compared to 20th position in their regions in the Vivint contest:

    (from around 50 minutes ago)

    20th position in each of these regions now, 22.5 hours ago and 47.5 hours ago (i.e. approx. 1 day and 2 days ago):

     
  9. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Doesn't this website send such messages for such events?

    GG

    Wink, wink Cort!
     
  10. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    4 ME-type charities qualified for Round 2:

    - IACFS/ME International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/1124

    - National ME/FM Action Network
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/855

    - Nightingale Research Foundation
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/1129

    - Whittemore Peterson Institute
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/769

    Voting for Round 2 started today. I think only really the Whittemore Peterson Institute and maybe the National ME/FM Action Network have a chance of winning their region (i.e. voting for a group that doesn't have a chance of winning its region is a waste, in my opinion).
     
  11. Dolphin

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    The IACFS/ME have a chance to get into this contest. Some of us have started voting for them in the last few days - they've been getting around 60 or so votes per day (before that they were only getting 5-10). They need around 250 per day now I think. Perfectly feasible.

    Cort, it'd be good if you could highlight it.

    (I was voting for the WPI but tend to believe they are safe but am watching the daily tallies. But as there are no avatars (I know of) for the IACFS/ME, I thought I might as well keep the other one: some people continuing to vote for the WPI makes me feel more secure in swapping)

    I was voting for the National ME/FM Action Network but don't think they have a chance: they'd need to get around 1500 votes per day and I think they have only once got over 200 votes (220 I think it was) in one day. The National ME/FM Action Network already have enough votes for the draw.

    The very maximum number of charities in the draw is 94 (100 - 1 (overall winner) -5 (regional winners)) so every charity who gets in has a reasonable chance.
     
  12. Dolphin

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    FYI: Just when I send this out, another group in pacific, "It gets better project", puts in a huge jump in one day out of nowhere the biggest jump by any group there so far. It's a bit early to tell whether they can keep it up (occasionally groups have jumped but they have then collapsed in a day or two) and the WPI have such a huge lead on them that their jump still isn't sufficient to meet the daily requirement.

    But I'm tending towards going back to voting for the WPI http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/769 .

    The other alternative to me is the IACFS/ME as there is now a gap of 20915 (=29447 - 8532) between National ME/FM Action Network and the leaders in their region. Assuming that gap doesn't change by the end of today, in the last 17 days of the competition, they would need to get 1230 more than the other group who nearly every day get 400+ and have got around 700 before (and their vote might increase if under pressure). So the National ME/FM Action Network needs 1600-2000 or so votes each day when only once have they got over 200 I think (around 220).
     

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