ME and CFS Awareness Week: 11-17 May


by Sasha Nimmo

Australia’s Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) Awareness Week is 11-17 May. 

The Week coincides with International ME Awareness Day on May 12. Everyone is asked to wear a blue ribbon on May 12 to show support for people with ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

ME Awareness Week begins in Adelaide, where the Adelaide Oval will be lit in blue on May 11, thanks to ME patient Jac and her little mate Poppy!

On May 12, International ME Awareness Day, both the Sydney Town Hall and Melbourne Town Hall will be lit up in blue, thanks to Emerge Australia and their volunteers. Check the Town Halls’ social media accounts and #May12 for images, and take your own pictures and share them with us.

On May 13, Emerge Australia is screening the film ‘Forgotten Plague: M.E. and the Future of Medicine’ at the State Library of Victoria, which will also be lit up in blue. The screening’s special guest is Senator Scott Ludlam.

The National Centre for Neuroimmunology at Griffith University will again light up their building in blue (pictured) and use laser lighting to write Team M.E. @ G.U. during ME Awareness Week.

Are you selling ribbons? Knitting for ME? Wearing blue? Hosting an event? Eating chilli for the ME Chilli Challenge? Being a princess for a day?  Are you part of ME and CFS Awareness Week (11-17 May) or May 12 International Awareness Day? What is happening in your town? And where do you get your blue ribbons? Leave a comment and let me know the details (including links and images) and I’ll include them.

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