Go Purple in March
Throughout March, Epilepsy Ambassadors are urging people around the country to end the stigma around epilepsy and ‘GO PURPLE’, the international colour for epilepsy.
Australians can show their support by hosting a Purple Day fundraising event at school with friends or at work, buying merchandise from our online shop or making a donation. For those who love social media… strike a #purplepose photograph for epilepsy and post on social media to inspire all Australians to raise much needed epilepsy awareness and understanding.
Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which takes the form of recurring seizures. It can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnicity. In Australia alone, approximately 250,000 people live with epilepsy and one in 25 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
Epilepsy Australia Chair and Epilepsy Foundation CEO Graeme Shears believes there is low community awareness and understanding about epilepsy.
“Research suggests that due to the social stigma and misconceptions associated with epilepsy, many people do not disclose their condition,” he said.
“Purple Day aims to encourage people to talk about epilepsy and to remind those who live with seizures, that they are not alone.”
Founded in 2008 by a young Canadian girl Cassidy Megan, Purple Day has become a global campaign dedicated to increasing epilepsy awareness worldwide.
“This year Purple Day falls on Easter Saturday so we are encouraging the community to pick any day during March and ‘GO PURPLE’ to support, increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy,” urged Mr Shears.
Epilepsy Australia has continued to partner with MedicAlert Foundation, and throughout March $5 will be donated to Epilepsy Australia for every purple MedicAlert product sold, and an extra $5 off the product when the promotional code ‘EPILEPSY16’ is used during the purchase at www.medicalert.org.au
MORE INFO: www.epilepsyaustralia.net