It’s Giving Tuesday! A special day to do a good deed for a good cause. | 26 November 2018

November 26, 2018


Helen Hyland, Fundraising Manager, ME Association.

So, by now, you’re probably heartily sick of hearing about Black Friday. This all started in America – as the day after the Thanksgiving holiday which is traditionally regarded as the start of Christmas shopping.

And, if you wondered why so many shops have been promoting deals – now you know – they’re all competing to attract Christmas custom.

And then there was Cyber Monday – which is apparently the day that online retailers promote their bargains, but the cynics amongst us would probably describe as the day we all hit the internet when we’ve spent the weekend fruitlessly trudging the streets and turn to looking online instead.

Here at the ME Association, we’re keener on the Americans’ other idea – that of Giving Tuesday. It’s tomorrow: Tuesday – 27th November.

#GivingTuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the start of the Christmas holiday season.

The ME Association is just one of thousands of UK charities getting involved.

As our friends at Benevity tell us, #GivingTuesday, is a global day of giving, and a powerful opportunity to engage your colleagues and your community in the causes that matter to you.

Your employers will like it too – because it shows that they are fostering a purpose-driven culture. Because in a time when we all need to see more good in the world, with you, people can be the good.

The MEA Christmas Appeal – More research, more hope…

What better way to celebrate #GivingTuesday than with a gift of hope?

Because by donating to the ME Association Christmas Appeal, that is exactly what you will be buying – hope for 250,000 sufferers of M.E. around the UK who are desperate for a medical test, for a treatment or better still a cure for the horrid illness that is M.E.

Whether you bake good stuff, make good stuff, donate good stuff, tweet good stuff or even say good stuff – how you support M.E. is totally up to you!

Perhaps a bake sale, or a pyjama day, or simply make a donation – anything that you can spare – to our Christmas Appeal for more biomedical research in 2019.

Then share the message to your friends across social media. Click here for a few more fundraising ideas from #GivingTuesday.

The PayPal Matched Giving Fund

That’s right. PayPal has offered to match up to £50,000 in total donations to UK charities for #GivingTuesday.

The offer runs from 00.01 GMT to 11.59 GMT on Tuesday 27th November, and the ME Association is included!

It’s a first-come-first-served offer, and all donations are made free of costs. It’s a great opportunity to support your favourite charity. We could receive up to £5,000!

As always with matching offers, there is the small print to consider (for example, you have to use the donation platform or PayPal App and not the main website or other payment platforms).

  • Search for the ME Association (The Myalgic Encephalopathy Association) via the PayPal fundraising page or download and use the PayPal App
  • Donate at any time during #GivingTuesday
  • You’ll receive an email receipt from PayPal and a reminder about Gift Aid
  • Read the small print.

Whatever you do, however much you give (of your time, talents, or ‘treasure’), thank you so much for thinking of the ME Association.

And Happy #GivingTuesday to one and all!

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