ME/CFS Awareness Week 2021 The ME/CFS Awareness Week and annual #MillionsMissing campaign are almost upon us! Building upon the success of last year’s event, Emerge Australia will again be hosting our ME/CFS Awareness Week and #MillionsMissing campaign virtually in 2021. Kicking off on Saturday 8 May, the online and inclusive event supports the whole ME/CFS community to be seen and heard. The Emerge Australia team hopes that you will join us to share your story and help bring visibility and recognition to the thousands of people living with ME/CFS in Australia. The virtual event will be held on Facebook via the ME/CFS Awareness Week 2021 event page. By liking the page you can keep up-to-date with any news in the lead up, and join us from Saturday 8 May for the event. Visit our Facebook event page now to give it a like and make sure you follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Here’s how you can take part in this year's online event. Create your personalised Missing Poster In past years people living with ME/CFS who are unable to attend in-person events have been represented as ‘missing’ with a pair of empty shoes, accompanied by a label detailing their name, years missing and what they are missing from.Last year we launched #MMSelfies so people living with ME/CFS could create a personalised graphic to share on social media. This year, we have developed the idea further and made it even easier to custom design your own eye-catching 'Missing Poster'. We are asking as many people as possible to make their own poster and share, share, share on Saturday 8 May! We would love to flood social media with these posters on the day. Creating your poster is simple and only requires a few steps: Go to 12May.org and upload an image of yourself (or select one of our anonymous avatars) on the poster creator Fill out some information about yourself and what you're missing from Once your personalised poster is complete, sign up for an email reminder and wait till Saturday 8 May. This is the day you can start posting! When it's time to post, select your preferred social media. For Twitter simply tweet using the link provided. For Facebook and Instagram, download the image and upload it to your preferred platform. In your post, include the tags #MillionsMissing, #EmergeAustralia and #MECFS. For the post text, please include "Here is my #MillionsMissing story. To make your own or see the gallery click here http://12may.org/ " The missing poster creator is intended for people living with ME/CFS. If you have a loved one or family member who is too unwell to make or share their own poster, you can of course create and share one for them (with their permission). We encourage healthy allies to share the missing posters on social media and help raise awareness for the whole ME/CFS community. The final date to create a missing poster using the creator will be Friday 14 May. Once the creator closes, all contributions will be combined into the 12May.org gallery for the public to visit online. #sayME challenge - Hard to say, harder to live with Calling all patients, healthy allies, and lovers of fun! We are bringing back our #sayME challenge, a light-hearted way to raise awareness of myalgic encephalomyelitis – which is hard to say but harder to live with. Last year more than 180 people made their own challenge videos from 12 countries worldwide. Will you take the challenge this year? There are four simple steps to get involved. Film yourself taking the #sayME challenge, stating: "I'm taking the #sayME Challenge to raise awareness of myalgic encephalomyelitis. Hard to say, harder to live with." Pick your favourite social media platform and upload your video from Wednesday 12 May onward Tag Emerge Australia (@emergeAus on Twitter @EmergeAustralia on Facebook) in your challenge video and use the hashtag #sayME Share your video with friends and followers, and encourage them to take part as well We're delighted to have had so many prominent allies step up to support and promote the campaign! Encourage your local MP to get on board and take part in the #sayME Challenge We have created a template letter for the community to use when reaching out to their local MP to encourage them to complete the #sayME challenge. Simply download the template, edit the text where needed and then copy and paste the text into an email for your local MP. Template letter - Stand with me during the ME/CFS Awareness Week How else can you support ME/CFS Awareness Week in 2021? Order a t-shirt from our online store! You can show your support by wearing a t-shirt or hoodie available for purchase now. As these t-shirts and hoodies are supplied through the Print Bar and take approximately 10 days to print and deliver please GRAB THEM NOW to make sure you have yours in time for Saturday 8 May!