A special feature of the Vienna Medical Doctors' Ball is its traditional charitable character. Since 2013, the net proceeds have been donated to a charitable organization. Most recently, in 2024, 97,750 euros were handed over to the "StoP districts without partner violence" project of the AÖF association, Autonomous Austrian Women's Shelters.
In 2024, the WE&ME Foundation, a remarkable initiative that supports research into ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) and the well-being of those affected, will be supported.

ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) is a severe multisystem disease that often occurs for the first time after a viral illness (e.g. Epstein-Barr virus, Sars-CoV-2 virus, herpes viruses, influenza viruses).
Symptoms and effects:
ME/CFS sufferers experience severe fatigue, pain, exercise intolerance and sleep disorders. The immune and endocrine systems can also be affected.
- The number of ME/CFS sufferers is thought to have doubled after the Covid pandemic.
- ME/CFS usually occurs between the ages of 18 and 40.
- Children can also develop the disease.
- Around 70 percent of all ME/CFS sufferers are women.
- 60 to 70 percent of ME/CFS sufferers are unable to work, 25 percent are even confined to their home or bed.
- The severe exhaustion is often misinterpreted as depression.
- The core symptom is post-exertional malaise (PEM), which occurs primarily after physical, but also after mental exertion.

WE&ME Foundation

The WE&ME Foundation (formerly TEMPI Foundation) was founded in 2020 by the Ströck family and is based in Vienna.
The Ströck family's journey has been profoundly influenced by the impact of ME/CFS and has shaped the nature and purpose of the WE&ME Foundation with unwavering determination.
Two brothers, Christoph and Philipp Ströck, both affected by ME/CFS, are at the root of the foundation's commitment. Christoph, the younger brother, was diagnosed in 2016 after years of illness. His condition worsened due to misconceptions about ME/CFS. In 2018, Philipp, the older brother, was also diagnosed.
The mission of the foundation is:
-raise awareness of ME/CFS
-Promote and support basic research through grants
-Lobbying within the Austrian healthcare system
-Quick diagnosis through improved training in primary care
-Demand for improved social security
Join us on this journey to make a tangible difference to the lives of those affected by ME/CFS. Together we can make progress and bring about positive change.
Further information and donations:
Donation account Erste Bank:
IBAN: AT95 2011 1842 5439 4200
Please state the keyword "Wiener Ärzteball" so that your donation can be allocated.