With March being Epilepsy Awareness Month, Epilepsy Australia are asking people around the country to, ‘Go Purple’ (the international colour for epilepsy) and end the stigma and discrimination attached to epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which causes recurrent seizures in an estimated 65 million people worldwide! Statistics show that in Australia alone, approximately 250,000 people are living with epilepsy, and it can develop in any one, at any time – age and ethnicity play no role.
Purple Day was originally founded by a young Canadian, Cassidy Megan, in 2008, and it has since become a global campaign. The aim of Purple Day is to encourage those living with epilepsy to talk about their seizures and to know that they aren’t alone.
This year, Purple Day lands on Easter Sunday, 26th March. Previously on this date, community groups throughout the country join forces to support and raise awareness of epilepsy, but this year, the charitable organisation know how much we LOVE our public holidays and are encouraging us to pick any day in March in order to do our part – so you can take the kids to the waterfall you’d planned at Easter!
Some ideas you can use include hosting a Purple Day fundraising event at work, at school or with your friends down at the pub! If you don’t have time to attend an event, you can simply purchase some merchandise or make a donation to raise awareness for epilepsy. For every Purple product sold throughout March, the MedicAlert Foundation will donate an extra $5 to Epilepsy Australia too! Visit www.medicalalert.org.au/products to purchase.
We will certainly do our part to help here at Ray White Bayside Real Estate, and we hope you can too. For more info on how you can support Purple Day, go to www.epilepsyaustralia.net.