ECM 2021 – Update

It is normally at this time of year that a few of us start rolling the rocks to create the next year’s ECM, complaining yet again for leaving it so late.
We have been talking for a while now and have made the unanimous decision not to organise a physical meet-up for Easter 2021.

ECM needs to be an event where people can relax and feel safe. Currently this is not achievable.

As soon as physical meetings become possible and safe, I am sure some CMDRs will put time into organising a few mini-ECMs/Pizza meets to scratch the festering sore that is our desire to meet up for a chat and fun.

Easter 2021, specifically Saturday the 3rd April 2021, we will combine efforts and focus on doing things to help bring the community together virtually and hopefully bring your consciousness out of your familiar surroundings. We want that “special day” feeling again, where you can play with people, what ever you fancy, or just sit as a wall flower feeling connected to a group of friends. We will use technology, the skills of our core team, and volunteers to bring the fun and social aspects of ECM to the comfort of your own home via your computer.

We understand fully how disappointing this decision is, as we all feel it too. The passion we hold for organising ECM is hopefully very clear from the amazing volunteers, core team, and the hard work we put in to making this event happen. It is the highlight of our year.

What we would ask in the mean time is that you all look out for your friends. Open the virtual doors to play with them. Reach out to help those struggling with loneliness and isolation. Keep contact open and keep the fun alive and going strong.

This situation will pass, it will improve and we will be there to greet you all at a future ECM with open, sanitised arms when we can do it safely.
Keep Safe,
ECM

Our Chosen Charities

As a non-profit group we donate any left over funds after events to our two chosen charities.

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Special Effect is an organisation that seeks to help those who have challenges accessing gaming due to physical disabilities. They work with people to identify and use existing technologies and design new solutions that can help those individuals get the same pleasure as most of us do from the gaming world.

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Hearing Dogs obtains, trains and homes Hearing Assistance dogs with those that would most benefit from a companion that can alert them to various aural queues that most of us take for granted. They Assist with audible alerts such as fire alarms, smoke alarms, mobile phone alerts etc. Not only do they assist with these alerts but they also provide real companionship as well.

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Thank you everyone at SpecialEffect have a lovely Christmas!! ...
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We have now completed the donations to Special Effect, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People today, a total of £2,700 each. Thank you everyone for being so generous and supporting our event through the most difficult of times!!!!You ALL rock! ...
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Good morning @everyone from the vECM team! As is traditional, we all stayed up too late last night talking and prepping things and maybe having a drink or three.First order of the day is some freshly ground coffee and some breakfast. Then we head to the virtual venue to complete the setup. Tell you what, being virtual, and not in a hotel, this coffee is much nicer! Over 1000 raffle tickets gone already which is great.AND the discord alone now has more people in it than the capacity of the REAL event. (thanks, @Palantir for spotting that)T minus 2h41m ...
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Evening* all! (*insert time zone suitable word here).The vECM raffle tickets are now on sale! Awesome haul of prizes available. Draw is at 6pm BST tomorrow on twitch.tv/ECMLiveTickets are available in colours of your choice atelitecommunitymeet.info/raffle/If you buy any, check your email inbox spam thingy if you don't get your confirmation but your booking ref is down the bottom of the PayPal receipt too (the number bit of the invoice ID) and it can be used to look at your glorious tickets and see if you might have won at elitecommunitymeet.info/raffketix/Thank you so much to Kow, Moof, Eddie and the rest of the team for all the hard work programming it all and of course to the community for their generosity.Current shenanigans won't stop us helping our two charities and having a ruddy good laugh at the same time.vECM 2020 - Live in your house!! ...
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