PURPLE DAY FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS
26TH MARCH 2014
Wear purple to support those who suffer from Epilepsy.
At 19 months old, our daughter Emma was diagnosed with Epilepsy after experiencing a 3 hour Tonic Clonic Seizure and admitted at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I nearly lost my youngest daughter that frightful evening in October. There is no family history on either side of our families so the diagnosis came as quite a shock. From the day we were told about out daughters condition, I made it my goal to learn everything I could and educate anyone who would listen.
Awareness Campaigns, such as Purple Day, are a way for Epilepsy Associations to raise funding for research and support services for people suffering from Epilepsy and their families. These initiatives also help to reduce the ignorance and stigma that is still associated with Epilepsy.
3% – 4% of Australians will have an Epilepsy diagnosis during their lifetime. The number of people significantly affected by Epilepsy in Australia is therefore estimated to be approximately 3 million.
SO WHAT IS PURPLE DAY? WHY PURPLE?
Cassidy Megan started Purple Day in 2008 because she wanted to tell everyone about epilepsy, especially that all seizures are not the same and that people with epilepsy are ordinary people just like everyone else. She also wanted kids with epilepsy to know that they are not alone.
Before starting Purple Day, Cassidy said “I was afraid to tell people about my epilepsy because I thought they would make fun of me. After the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia did a presentation in my class, I started to talk with the other kids about my seizures. That is when I decided to become a spokesperson for kids with epilepsy. I called it Purple Day after the international colour for epilepsy lavender.”
Epilepsy Australia and its state-based member organisations are the official Australian partners of Purple Day, joining up with other epilepsy organisations from across the globe including Canada, USA, UK and South Africa to make Purple Day even bigger.
As a Purple Day Ambassador, I will be fundraising for The Epilepsy Centre in Adelaide in 2014 and raising awareness in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide.
In 2010, over 100,000 students, worldwide wore purple on 26 March with hundreds of workplaces and organisations (including Epilepsy Australia) joining the campaign, wearing purple to work and hosting Purple Day events and promotions.
Getting involved is easy!
- Wear purple on 26 March and encourage others to do the same.
- Donate your Facebook status by changing your status in March to read: On March 26, I’m wearing PURPLE to support EPILEPSY AWARENESS. Help spread the word – just copy this message to your status!
- Book a Purple Promo Photography shoot through Bec Hansen Photography http://www.facebook.com/BecHansenPhotography
- Purchase a piece of art from the Purple Day Collection at http://www.redbubble.com/people/chadderbox
- Take the time to learn a little more about Epilepsy and make someone else aware that it is not a disease but a neurological disorder in order to reduce the stigma associated with it.
- I am always interested in hearing any fundraising ideas and would appreciate help from individuals, schools, organisations and businesses with fundraising for The Epilepsy Centre.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON PURPLE DAY VISIT http://www.purpleday.org.au/ OR FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM BELOW IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS OR WOULD LIKE TO GET ONBOARD.