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Join us for the launch of Opera Mariposa's Benefit + Awareness month!

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May 1-June 1, 2022 in support of the ME | FM Society of BC

Ever since Opera Mariposa started, we’ve held an annual Benefit + Awareness event to raise funds and awareness for chronic neuro-immune diseases. Through the generosity of our community partners and people like you, we’re now in our tenth year – and in 2022, we’re honouring the May 12th International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia (ME & FM) with an entire month of programming!

This cause is very close to my heart - as many of you know, I myself have lived with ME since I was six years old. However, the impact of these illnesses goes far beyond any personal connection. Over a million Canadians (around 1 in 34) live with ME or FM - and that number is skyrocketing, because ME in particular is often triggered by viruses, including COVID-19. In fact, researchers predict that 1 in 10 Covid patients are likely to develop ME - and with around 30% of COVID sufferers experiencing an array of long-term health impacts, it’s clear the chronic illness community urgently needs more research, awareness, and support.

We're thankful that so many amazing sponsors and community partners have teamed up with us in support of this vital cause. We hope you'll join us!

Jacqueline Ko

Artistic Director


Discover what's in store:

*All contributions up to our fundraising goal will be TRIPLED, thanks to matching donations from generous sponsors!



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