Mark Sunday 26th March in your calendar but get set to celebrate all throughout the month of March!
Click on one of the options below to find out more about getting involved:
What is Purple Day?
Purple Day (26th March) is a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. 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 condition and to let those impacted by seizures know that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.
How can you get involved?
There are lots of ways to be involved with Purple Day! Throughout the whole of March there will be people raising awareness and funds for epilepsy across the country.
You might like to host a fundraising event - we’ve had fundraisers hold luncheons, workouts, raffles, book sales, morning teas, dress in purple days, bowls, high teas, BBQs, walks, rides, bake sales, movie nights, cupcake stalls, garden parties, auctions, face painting, shopping tours, discoes, picnics, and more! If this is for you then jump down to our fundraising ideas for more information!
Get your school involved – it could be as simple as wearing something purple in exchange for a gold coin donation, holding a fundraiser, having a bake sale, a sports day, or anything you can think of to encourage students and staff to start talking about epilepsy, and get involved in helping those in need, whilst having a great time! We have tonnes of online resources available for teachers to use in the classroom, at no cost, so that you can help your students to learn about epilepsy whilst having fun.
Fundraise through your company – this could be holding a fundraiser with your colleagues, or getting the company to contribute a percentage for a particular day, week or the whole month in March.
Check out our online store – you might like to buy some Epilepsy Action merchandise or purple gifts from our store for yourself or your loved ones! Or you can even sell merchandise on our behalf!
Help us Light Up Australia this Purple Day by bringing epilepsy out of the shadows and shining a light on it! encourage your local community to light up a landmark with the colour purple, download your toolkit here and check out the list of landmarks already supporting us!
Ask your local business to get involved in Purple Day by donating a percentage or displaying a donation or merchandise box. Download our toolkit here with all the information you need to approach them.
Make a donation – if you aren’t able to fundraise you can always contribute directly to the cause! Every dollar counts!
Share, share, share– Purple Day is a global effort to raise awareness for epilepsy and one great thing you can do is help to share our message and bring epilepsy out of the shadows. You might like to share our social media posts, create your own posts, or just tell a friend or stranger about Purple Day and what it means.
Any questions? Contact Fiona on 1300 37 45 37 or firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!
Check out what happened for Purple Day in 2016!
Our amazing supporters helped to raise almost $160,000, which is HUGE!!!
We were so excited to see our community all around Australia going purple, raising funds and starting conversations about epilepsy.
We also held our inaugural Art for Epilepsy Auction at this time which featured artists from around the country who very generously donated their work; each piece of art contained the colour purple (the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy). The auction alone raised over $20,000!
Whether you hosted a fundraising event, made a donation, bought merchandise or wore purple – we thank you! And we hope to have you involved again in 2017!