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 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.
Purple Day has grown into a well known and supported national awareness day with thousands of people across Australia gathering within their community, education and corporate sectors to raise much needed awareness and funds for those affected by epilepsy.
This year on Purple Day, we will be Unmasking Epilepsy, spreading the word about stigma and dispelling the myths that surround the condition and we want you to get involved and be creative! Introducing Epilepsy Action’s inaugural UNMASK EPILEPSY DESIGN COMPETITION! We are asking people to get creative and express their own personal message through a unique poster or mask designs. Prizes are on offer! Click here for information on how you, your school or your community can get involved. We can’t wait to see those designs!
Epilepsy Action would like to encourage all Australians to get involved in Purple Day this year to raise funds and awareness, with some ideas including:
- Host your own fundraising event with a purple twist – a morning tea, a BBQ, a bake sale, a run, whatever you can think of! The only limit is your imagination.
- Get your school involved – hold a free dress day, sports day, sausage sizzle, or deliver Epilepsy Awareness presentations for K-2 or 3-6 in class.
- Buy our merchandise to show support and start conversations including t-shirts, hats, keyrings, pens and wristbands
- Make a donation online or phone 1300 37 45 37, to help support what we do.
You can hold a Purple Day any time of the year. Click on one of the options below to find out more about getting involved in Purple Day activities:
If you have any questions or need advice on the suitability of an activity, online fundraiser or event, please contact us on 1300 374 537 (1300 EPILEPSY), [email protected] or by filling in the form below.
We appreciate the time, energy and resources that are generously donated by our many fundraising champions each year.