Tomorrow (12th May) is International M.E Awareness Day so around the world there are lots of events taking place. One campaign happening across the world is Millions Missing – a day of action, demanding funding for biomedical research and education.
Many people with M.E are too ill to take part in these days of action, or aren’t able to travel. So, they can join in ‘virtually’ by donating a pair of shoes or placing their shoes outside their front door. Photographs of people’s shoes will be shared on social media using the hashtags #millionsmissing and #canyouseemenow.
Each pair of shoes represents one person with M.E who is missing from the life they would otherwise be leading.
Last year on 12th May I shared a drawing of my shoes. This year I’ve worked with M.E Action, the charity behind Millions Missing, to create a design for a gold shoe pin (keep reading to find out how to get hold of one).
What You Can Do
There are lots of ways you can support people like me, who live with M.E but here are 7 things you can do:
- Watch the film Unrest, available on Netflix, Amazon Video and DVD as well as public screenings all over the world
- Donate to M.E Action’s current fundraiser. (For donations of $25 or more you’ll receive one of the gold pins I designed)
- Download a free postcard to print and send to your country’s health officials or government representatives to explain the importance of biomedical research and education
- Sign a petition
- Subscribe to the M.E Action Newsletter
- Join this Facebook group for Allies and Carers
- Amplify the voices of people with M.E by helping them put their shoes outside tomorrow, or going to one of Saturday’s campaigns
Which of these things could you do?