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

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Mark, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Phoenix Rising Team

    Phoenix Rising Team

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  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!
     
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  3. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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

    We want first place back - vote now! Tell your friends and family! :)
     
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  4. snowathlete

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    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!
     
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  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!).
     
  6. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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. :)
     
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  7. snowathlete

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

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    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.
     
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  9. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!:)
     
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  10. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    Yayy!!!
     
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  11. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!
     
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  12. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!
     
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  13. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    Vote Vote Vote!!!
     
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  14. snowathlete

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

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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

    Well done, fundraising group! :thumbsup:
     
  16. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!
     
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  17. snowathlete

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    We're back where we belong: 1st!
     
  18. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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...
     
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    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!
     
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  20. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    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!
     

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