High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub Message Board › Latest newsletter from the 10:23 Campaign
High Wycombe, GB
Dear 10:23 Campaign supporter
2010 has been a great year for the 10:23 Campaign. After launching at the start of the year, we gathered a phenomenal amount of support and media coverage - not only amongst the 400 people who took to the streets to 'overdose' and protest, but also in the countless radio debates, broadsheet coverage and website articles which covered the story. We were front page news of the BBC website, and Germany's premier news magazine 'Die Spiegel' ran our story as a cover story. Even now, we receive regular requests from various media outlets for information, footage and photographs.
I really feel our campaign added to the momentum and weight of opinion against homeopathy and helped lead to declarations from the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a large number of other high-profile organisations and public figures speaking out against the promotion of homeopathic products in pharmacies and on the NHS.
To everyone who helped make this happen with their support and activism, we'd like to say a huge thank you.
However, although we exceeded our wildest expectations in terms of participation and interest, if we're honest with ourselves, 2010 wasn't all good news. The nation's leading pharmacy still stocks sugar pills as an 'alternative' to medicine. The public and press still routinely confuse homeopathic medicines for herbal medicines. And the international reach of 10:23 was less than we'd have liked.
This is why we've decided to make 10:23 even bigger in 2011.
In the coming weeks, we'll be announcing our targets for the 10:23 Campaign in 2011, and outlining the actions we're taking to tackle homeopathy in an organised, effective way. The international reach of the campaign will be our major focus, with participation sought from as many countries as possible.
Here in the UK, we aim to work to support teachers, help to lobby legislators and work with organisations and the media to hold homeopaths accountable for the claims they make.
Also, as the centrepiece of the 10:23 Campaign 2011, we'll be organising a single, large-scale 'overdose' protest to take place at QED - a weekend celebration of science, reason and critical thinking. The event is being jointly run by the 10:23 Campaign and the Greater Manchester Skeptics on Feb 5th-6th 2011, and will see a presentation on the work done under the name of 10:23 around the world, as well as the 'overdose' from around 300-500 skeptics.
For more information on the QED event and to book your place, visit qedcon.org (all profits go to Sense About Science and the National Autistic Society).
Further announcements about our plans for 2011 will be available soon, as well as details of how you can get involved where you are.
Thanks once again for your support, and here's looking forward to a busy and exciting 2011!