Matchstick Campaign for ME Awareness

Art has the power to inspire, to evoke reflection, to see things differently, to force change.

An image can capture a thousand words and express views and feelings and convey a sentiment often far better than several pages of words.

Wolfgang Stiller is an award-winning German artist who currently lives and works in Berlin.

Wolfgang has kindly given permission for his matchstick images to be used for raising awareness of ME.


Contacted originally by Janet Smart, Wolfgang's original and inspired art now allows us to launch the Matchstick Campaign for ME Awareness.

Janet and the Let's Do It For ME team have added a slogan for each image and, in turn, IiME has developed a brochure featuring these images and describing what the charity and supporters are doing.

Wolfgang has used a common, everyday item which is often ignored, used and discarded by most people, and turned it into a message which makes one pause and think.

These striking images are used to highlight the situation in which people with ME have found themselves.

The parallels with the way ME patients have been treated over the years are obvious.

To begin ME Awareness Month May 2015 and to continue to raise awareness throughout the year these wonderful and searching images will hopefully cause people to reflect on the waste of life which has been, and is occurring with regard to this disease.

Yet they will also offer hope that things will change, will improve and serve to highlight that from the ashes of ignorance and apathy will come a better time and patients will regain their health.

Each of the images carries a message - and this message has been related to the work that Invest in ME (Research) and supporters are carrying out.


Click on the images below for each of the images and information

The matchstick images are copyrighted to artist Wolfgang Stiller and may not be copied without permission

Copies of the Matchstick for ME brochure (click on the image above) are available from Invest in ME to be distributed to hospitals, doctors, universities, politicians and the media.

Please contact us.

Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity finding, funding and facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3. and promoting better education about ME.

Invest in ME Research is run by volunteers - patients or parents of children with ME - with no paid staff.

Overheads are kept to a minimum to enable all funds raised to go to promoting education of, and funding for biomedical research into, ME.

The charity decided early on that biomedical research into ME was crucial in order to make progress in treating this disease. We also decided that education of healthcare staff, the media, government departments, patient groups and patients was to be a priority.

The charity's objectives are to initiate, maintain and augment a strategy of high-quality biomedical research into ME, to provide education about ME, and to raise awareness of the effects of the disease on patients and families.

We are a small charity but with a growing number of supporters who have big hearts - and a determination to get the best possible research to be carried out to find the cause of myalgic encephalomyelitis and develop treatments.

We have links nationwide and also internationally.

Invest in ME Research is a founder member of the European ME Alliance (EMEA), a collaboration of European national charities and organisations.

We do not receive, and have never received funding from government or government organisations.

We do believe that the seriousness of the situation regarding ME makes it necessary for governments to provide "ring-fenced" funding for bio-medical research in to ME (as was provided for HIV/AIDS) in order to address the need for development of diagnostic tests and remedial treatments.

We believe governments should standardise on usage of the Canadian Criteria for diagnosis so that there is an agreed basis (noting that evolutionary improvement would be welcomed).

We believe governments need to not only endorse and adopt, but officially promote the World Health Organisation classification of ME as a neurological illness, as defined by ICD-10-G93.3, separate from illnesses related to mental health classified under ICD-10-F48, in order to provide the distinction of the neurological disease.

We believe that governments should provide a national strategy of biomedical research into ME to produce treatments and cures for this illness.

The charity organises an annual research Colloquium and conference regularly attracting delegates from over 15 countries and funds research at Quadram Institute Biosciences/University of East Anglia and University College London as well as influencing collaboration elsewhere, in UK, Europe and beyond.

Our conferences and colloquiums were organised from the beginning in order to provide a platform for research and a means of facilitating education about ME.

In order to bring the best education and research to bear on ME and to find and facilitate the best strategy of research into this disease the charity welcomes support for our work.

Our aim is to bring together like-minded individuals and groups to campaign for research and funding to establish an understanding of the aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of ME. We hope this will lead to the development of a universal diagnostic test(s) that can confirm the presence of ME and, subsequently, medical treatments to cure or alleviate the effects of the illness

Our efforts are focused on setting up a UK Centre of Excellence for ME which will provide proper examinations and diagnosis for ME patients and a coordinated strategy of biomedical research into ME in order to find treatment(s) and cure(s) - http://www.cofeforme.eu



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January 2015

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