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Vote once for each of two ME orgs from anywhere to win £2000

Discussion in 'Fundraising' started by snowathlete, May 31, 2013.

  1. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    We won this competition in the March run with Invest in ME winning the top price of £2000. With your help we can win £3000 in June because we have two ME organizations in the running this month (The ME Association and ME Research UK) and you are allowed to vote for BOTH.

    First place wins £2000.
    Second place wins £1000.
    You need either Facebook, Google or you can vote by post. Voting is open internationally.

    SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE:
    1. Click HERE to vote for the "ME Association"
    2. Scroll down and click "Vote for this cause"
    5. Click "login with Facebook" or "login with Google"
    6. Click "OK" to letting the sponsors of this compeition (DirectDebit) see your friends list on Facebook of Google+)
    7. Click "OK" if you want it to post to Facebook of Google+ on your behalf, or click "Skip"
    8. Click HERE to vote for "ME Research UK"
    9. Repeat above steps as necesary.


    If you prefer to vote by post, then send a postcard including your name, address and the name of the charity you are voting for (you can probably write both on the same postcard), to:
    The Big Break, 131-151 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 5BB.

    Once you've voted, dont forget to tell your friends, family, neighbours, church, etc. about this and ask them to vote too!

    If you want to recieve email notifications of competitions like this in the future then there is a free service you can sign up to - details can be found in this thread:
    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/free-me-cfs-competition-voting-reminders.22105/

    Thanks!
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  2. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Done.

    Not sure what happened to this step?: "6. Click "OK" to letting the sponsors of this compeition (DirectDebit) see your friends list on Facebook of Google+)"

    Did not have to do anything, tried to vote again, and said I already voted, so all appears done.

    GG
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  3. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

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  4. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    Voted for both! (from outside the UK)
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  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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  6. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Just got your announcement via Co-Cure, Joel - well done for getting this out in the first five minutes of the contest!

    I'm writing an article on this for Phoenix Rising, which should help with visibility - I've had to wait until I knew for sure who was in the contest so now I can crack on with it.
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  7. Kina

    Kina Moderation Team Lead

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    Voted for both. :)

    "ME Research UK" 122 votes
    "ME Association" 89 votes
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  8. snowathlete

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    I think it is a tiny bit different if you use google+ instead of Facebook..? I can amend the instructions if anyone can suggest how to update. Maybe the title could be better too (it was late).
  9. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

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    Thank you for clarifying - that's good news!
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  10. Kina

    Kina Moderation Team Lead

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    snowathlete - if would like a title change, post it here and I will change it for you. :)
  11. Firestormm

    Firestormm Guest

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    Voted. This is a monthly competition and I can't help but think that the two charities should have agreed a plan. Seems 'odd' to be in competition so to speak...
  12. Bob

    Bob

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    This is the last month that the competition will run: "We are giving away £5,000 a month from March until June."
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  13. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    Invest in ME were in the April competition, which they won. We invited ME Research UK to enter in May and asked ME Association to wait until June. ME Research UK took the decision to wait until June's competition instead, thinking they would have a better chance for some reason. At least if they had told us, we could have got someone else entered in May's competition, but they kept it to themselves, so that was very frustrating.
    Still, at least they are in this month's competiton so have a chance to win something, and I hope we can all get behind them. Hopefully in the future they will be more open to collaboration.

    There were six smaller ME charities that were eligable, and two larger charities. We told them but most didn't respond. A lot of them are sick of course, so maybe they weren't up to it...TYMES trust tried to enter but were just a tiny bit too late - which is a shame.
    One, WAMES, got back to one of us, telling us they chose NOT to enter this month...maybe they thought there would be another month...The original competiton says that June is the last month, so unless the sponsor decided to continue doing it (possible) then they wont win anything. Seems a waste. Fingers crossed the sponsor extends the contest into subsequent months.
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  14. Bob

    Bob

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    Here's a little further info, in case helpful for anyone.

    This is the list of all the charities, with the number of votes that they've received.
    To see who's winning, click on 'Rank' to rearrange the charities in order of the number of votes:
    https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/Vote.aspx#_=_

    Here's the intro page:
    https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/100GoodCauses.aspx

    And these are the full links for the voting pages, as included in the opening post.

    ME Research UK:
    https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=1404

    ME Association:
    https://www.directdebit.co.uk/TheBigBreak/100GoodCauses/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=1955
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  15. snowathlete

    snowathlete

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    ME Association down into third place.
  16. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Early days... they've got it on their Facebook page but I think they get a lot of hits on their website, which will probably get more traffic during the week - they have a daily news service, which probably helps bring a lot of people there.
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  17. snowathlete

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    Yes, absolutely. Early days. When Invest in ME won in March they weren't in first place throughout, so still a lot to play for!
  18. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

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    Maybe people in our community who usually organise finding voters are currently busy finding voters for the Stormberg contest and will only look for voters for this contest later - as there is another 29 days left!
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  19. Purple

    Purple Bundle of purpliness

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    In case there is a similar contest later, it would be worth for the smaller charities to enter too as there are runner-up prizes of £200 and with international support, they may well benefit from this. Especially since we can vote for more than one charity/cause.
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  20. snowathlete

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    Yes, I agree. I think these smaller charities in particular dont have people checking their messages and responding regularly. That makes it harder to get them involved, but I think the fundraising group are working on ways to help these charties enter with our help and of course to get in better contact with the right people as sometimes these contests come out of nowhere.
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