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About Purple Day
Epilepsy ACT adopts a comprehensive care approach to epilepsy management and offers a referral service to other government and non-government health, disability and education organisations for people with epilepsy.
Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the disorder and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.
Over 100,000 students worldwide have been wearing purple on 26 March! Hundreds of workplaces and organisations (including Epilepsy ACT) have also joined the campaign, wearing purple to work and hosting Purple Day events and promotions.
Epilepsy Australia is the official Australian partner of Purple Day and has joined up with other epilepsy organisations from across the globe including Canada, USA, UK and South Africa to make Purple Day even bigger.
Epilepsy ACT is the ACT member of Epilepsy Australia and is proud to have the official role of promoting Purple Day throughout the ACT.
WALK for Epilepsy
2017 marked the first WALK for Epilepsy in the ACT and it was a great success. We hope to continue to grow the WALK every year and invite you to be part of it. Come and join the first steps to bringing more awareness and much needed funds for People with Epilepsy in the ACT.
In 2018 we had 160 registered walkers for our event and we happily surpassed this again in 2019 with 360 registered walkers. Sadly COVID-19 hit hard in March 2020 but we are looking forward to getting out and about again in 2021.
Join us again for our 5th annual walk around Lake Burley Griffin, on Sunday 7th March 2021. If you would like to attend please save the date. We will be taking registrations soon! Click here for more information.
How you can help
You can become involved and help us to increase awareness of epilepsy and raise much needed funds for Epilepsy ACT. By doing so, your valued fundraising efforts will assist to provide vital services and programs for the 8,000+ children and adults living with epilepsy in our own community.
Wear purple – on 26 March and encourage others to do the same – from wearing an awareness ribbon, to dressing in purple or going all out and dying your hair purple!
WALK for Epilepsy – Come join us when we join together to WALK for Epilepsy here in Canberra. You can be part of the first step to bringing more awareness for people with Epilepsy in the ACT. Sunday 7th March 2021, Commonwealth Place, Parkes. Registrations will be opening soon!
Host a Purple Day awareness/fundraising party/event/activity – at home, school, work or play on or before Purple Day no matter how small – every $ is greatly appreciated.
Become a Purple Day Hero – In just minutes you can build your own online fundraising page and approach your supporters for a tax deductible donation by emailing a unique link to your own Purple Day webpage. Each donation is recorded on your page along with any message of support from your donors. Please go to our Everyday Hero page.
Make a tax deductible donation to Epilepsy ACT’s own Purple Day Hero page and leave a message.
Buy and/or sell Purple Day merchandise including purple pens, enamel badges, nail files, key rings, wristbands and soft toys. Merchandise is available to sell on our behalf anytime, please call our office to get your box today.
Encourage your local community, schools and businesses to get involved by holding a mask-themed event or free purple dress day in return for a gold coin donation.
Information for schools and Early Learning Centres
On a day during the national #PurpleMonth campaign 1 to 26 March, you and your school/centre can join other students from around the world to go purple and help unmask epilepsy.
There are a wide variety of activities you can do with your students, from wearing purple to hosting a picnic or BBQ. You can raise money with gold coin donations or raise awareness with activities.
Register your interest in participating in purple day today – Registration form. You can also get some great ideas on celebrating purple day from the following resources:
Contact us now!
For further information about Purple Day, promotion materials or how you can get involved please phone 6287 4555 or Contact Us Here
Epilepsy ACT’s Purple Day, Heroes, Schools and Workplaces will be added to the official international Purple Day website
so register your interest today!!!
A Message from Cassidy
“Hi, my name is Cassidy Megan. I am 10 years old and I have epilepsy. I started purple day because I 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. I also wanted kids with epilepsy to know that they are not alone.
Before I started Purple Day, 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, Canada did a presentation in my class, I started to talk with other kids about my seizures. That is when I decided to become a spokesperson for kids with epilepsy.
Please join me in wearing purple on March 26th to support epilepsy awareness.”
Watch our Purple Day TV featuring the founder Cassidy (video)