(This new thread arises from discussions on a couple of other threads - it seemed like a good idea to have a new thread on the 'how' and 'why' to support this very important call for donations.) #MEAction want to hire a UK-based, full-time organiser for its UK advocacy, campaigns and medical outreach. They're looking for £55,000 for a year's salary, taxes, travel, expenses and other costs. The call comes in the wake of this May's #MillionsMissing campaign, which has grown in just two years from actions in 12 cities to more than 300 around the world - including more than two dozen in the UK in 2018. Jen Brea (@JenB) writes: "...what we are finding here in the US – and the only way we were able to scale #MillionsMissing 2018 to 300 actions – is how much more impact we can have with full-time staff to support and coordinate the efforts of local organisers, build common resources and toolkits, and take a long-term, strategic view." On another thread, she writes: "Last year, we [#MEAction] didn't work on #MillionsMissing (because we didn't have the staff capacity) and there were 17 events. This year there were 300+ (100 in person). The difference? Our full-time team... And yet, it is ALSO true that this wouldn't be possible without the work of thousands of people." So it's a question of full-time workers being able to amplify the work of huge numbers of volunteers and know how much we need that in the UK. Jen recorded a speech (here on YouTube, transcript here) for the Los Angeles #MillionsMissing event, but which she said applied worldwide, in which she said, "Today it is time to move beyond awareness. Now comes the hard, step-by-step, brick-by-brick, hand-to-hand work of taking action." So let's get that UK organiser funded! The faster we give, the sooner we get them. Details of how to donate in the next post.