Invest in ME (Research)

Matchstick Campaign for ME Awareness


Using Art to Raise Awareness of ME

May 2015

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 (charity nr 1153730), transitioning from Invest in ME (charity nr 1114035), was set up by patients, carers and parents of children, suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

The charity is run by volunteers with no paid staff. Overheads are kept to a minimum to enable all funds raised to go to promoting education of, and funding biomedical research into, ME.

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.

The charity organises an annual research colloquium and conference regularly attracting delegates from 15 countries and now funds research at IFR/UEA and UCL as well as influencing collaboration elsewhere.

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

The charity welcomes support for our work.

More information from the following links -

"Things do not have to be the way they are - we can change things" - Dr Ian Gibson

One small charity, one BIG Cause, one band of supporters - progress - change

Let's Do Change

Let's Do It For ME

Invest in ME (Research)
Hampshire SO50 0GQ

Telephone: 02380 251719 or 07759 349743
Fax: 02380 000040
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