MARCH IS EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH
MARCH 26 IS PURPLE DAY
Throughout March, Epilepsy Australia is urging people around the country to end the stigma and discrimination of epilepsy and ‘GO PURPLE’, the international colour for epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which takes the form of recurring seizures. It can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnicity. An estimated 65 million worldwide currently live with epilepsy - in Australia alone approximately 250,000 people live with epilepsy and one in 25 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life.
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 called Cassidy Megan, it has since 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 and increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy.
Australians can show their support by hosting a Purple Day fundraising event at school, with friends or at work, buying merchandise or making a donation to raise epilepsy awareness.
Epilepsy Australia has continued to partner with MedicAlert Foundation and throughout March $5 will be donated to Epilepsy Australia for every 'purple' product sold, and an extra $5 off the product when the promotional code ‘EPILEPSY16’ is used during the purchase. You can access this offer via the Medic Alert website: www.medicalert.org.au/products and filter by purple #MedicAlertAust #MedicAlert #purplepose
For more information about how you can support Purple Day in your state or territory, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link to your state or territory Epilepsy Australia association below:
- Epilepsy Foundation (NSW/Vic)
- Epilepsy Queensland
- The Epilepsy Centre SA & NT
- Epilepsy ACT
- Epilepsy Tasmania
- Epilepsy WA
To fundraise for Epilepsy Australia and make it even easier, we've partnered with Everyday Hero to give you the ability to create your own online fundraising page. In just minutes you can build and customise your page, then start sharing the link with your friends, family and colleagues and asking them to make a donation. Every donation is then recorded on your fundraising page along with a message of support from your donors.
To find out more about creating your own fundraising page click here
Watch this space to find out more about our #purplepose for #purpledayaus competition launching March 1!
To donate to Epilepsy Australia: