May 12th is approaching quickly and we hope you will join in and help to raise awareness on the day or sometime during the month of May. Most activities are listed on our Facebook page site. Here are some of the main events. If you can’t find what you are looking for or need ideas for an event, please Contact Us. A complete list of events are available at www.bit.ly/May12th2016.
Light Up the Night Challenge
Join us for the 2nd Annual International Light Up the Night Challenge on May 12th.
The challenge is to get as many buildings as possible in your country to light up with one of the 3 colours used on May 12th – blue, purple or green. We want public buildings/places like City Halls, Niagara Falls and we want individual homes lit up too!
These are the illnesses for each colour:
Blue – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Purple – Fibromyalgia (FM)
Green – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Lyme
We will all be winners but there will be bragging rights awarded to the country with the most photos in each of these categories:
1. # of Public Buildings/Places
2. # of Private Residences
The contest will be coordinated by the May 12th team and photos and final results posted on the May 12th International Awareness Day page.
To enter, photos should be taken and sent to us by email.
All pictures must be emailed by May 31st to be included. When sending the photo, include information about where the photo was taken (i.e. town, region, country) The May 12th team will count and post the photos on Facebook as they come in and post the final results as soon as possible after the 31st..
Any questions please Contact Us.
The 2014 winners were Northern Ireland for most buildings and Canada for most residences. Here are last years photos.
We want May 12th proclaimed in as many towns and cities as possible. Please contact your city hall and ask for them to proclaim May 12th as International Awareness Day.
Here is a sample letter and proclamation you can use to contact your city hall.
If you use Facebook or Twitter please join our Thunderclap.
Awareness Events History
For additional awareness ribbons that you can use please see Blogging for ME/CFS Awareness.
The following list of websites are made available to help you find information about May 12th International Awareness Day, the illnesses or supporting organizations.
If you know of any items that should be added, please “Contact Us”.
The Hummingbirds’ Foundation for M.E. (HFME) – www.hfme.org
Action CIND – www.actioncind.org
Association Québécoise de l’Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM) – www.aqem.org
Brockville M.E Association – www.brockvilleme-fm.ca
Environmental Health Association of Ontario – www.ehaontario.ca
FM-CFS Canada – www.fm-cfs.ca
Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group – www.kwfibromyalgia.webs.com
MEFM Societies of BC – www.mefm.bc.ca
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario (MEAO) – www.meao.ca
National ME/FM Action Network – www.mefmaction.com
Nightingale Research Foundation, Canada – www.nightingale.ca
Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre – www.cdha.nshealth.ca/environmental-health-centre
Waterloo Wellington Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association – www.wwmea.ca
Dansk ME Forening – www.dmef.dk
Fatigatio eV – www.fatigatio.de
Het Alternatief – www.hetalternatief.org
Associazione Malati di CFS – www.associazionecfs.it
Norges ME-forening – www.me-forening.no
Liga SFC – www.ligasfc.org
Verein CFS Schweiz – www.verein-cfs.ch
United States of America
CFIDS Association of America – www.cfids.org
CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Program – www.cfidsselfhelp.org
Dr. Charles Lapp – Hunter-Hopkins Center – www.drlapp.net
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum – www.endfatigue.com
Dr. Leonard Jason – DePaul University CFS Research – condor.depaul.edu/~ljason/cfs/
Dr. Paul Cheney – Cheney Research – www.cheneyresearch.com
Environmental Working Group (EWG) – www.ewg.org
Health Rising – www.cortjohnson.org
International Association for CFS/ME – www.iacfsme.org
Invisible Diseases – www.invisiblediseases.com
MCS America – www.mcs-america.org
ME Action – www.meaction.net
MECFSFORUMS – www.mecfsforums.com
ME-CFSKnowledgeCenter.com – www.cfsknowledgecenter.com
National CFIDS Foundation – www.ncf-net.org
National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) – www.fmaware.org
Phoenix Rising – forums.phoenixrising.me
Prohealth Library – www.prohealth.com/library/index.cfm
Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease – www.wpinstitute.org
Association of Young People with ME – www.ayme.org.uk
Dr Sarah Myhill MB BS – www.drmyhill.co.uk
Invest in ME UK – www.investinme.org
ME Association – www.meassociation.org.uk
ME Research UK – www.meresearch.org.uk
ME Support – www.mesupport.co.uk
Stone Bird – www.stonebird.co.uk
TYMES Trust (The Young ME Sufferers Trust) – www.tymestrust.org