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March is Epilepsy Awareness Month

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Go all purple to raise awareness and funds for Epilepsy ACT
Did you know that some 400 000 Australians (with approximately 8000 ACT residents) have epilepsy? In fact, did you know that 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy? And that in 50% of cases, the causes of epilepsy are unknown?

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, culminating in Purple Day on March 26 during which we are all encouraged to wear purple (the internationally recognised colour of epilepsy awareness) and events are held throughout Australia and the world to raise awareness of epilepsy.

What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. Seizures are most common in young children and the elderly, but they can occur for the first time at any age.

Canberra parents Kirsty and Glenn Woodward know all about epilepsy. Their nine-year-old daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013. "Epilepsy is an unpredictable and often debilitating condition," Kirsty tells me."We are so proud of how our little E warrior has battled her condition. It's a blessing that she is currently seizure free."
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month
Kirsty Woodward and her warrior daughter, Charlotte

This month, Kirsty, Glenn and Charlotte are getting behind Epilepsy ACT, a not for profit, self-help community service organisation formed in 1982 to provide services for people with epilepsy, their families and the community. But with no current or ongoing funding from the Government, Epilepsy ACT is dependent on community support to enable them to continue to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy in the ACT. This is why March is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Charlotte and her family have so far held a lemonade and bake sale to raise funds for Epilepsy ACT.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month

But there are many more ways you can get involved and help our children like Charlotte Woodward get the comprehensive support and help they urgently need.

1. Support the Walk for Epilepsy 2019.
Kirsty, Glenn and Charlotte will be walking for epilepsy on Sunday March 24 around Lake Burley Griffin along with hundreds of other Canberrans. You can register yourself and your family for the walk here, or if you are unable to make it on the day, then why not support Charlotte and her family and make a donation to them here?

2. Buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a delicious, decadent, enormous Easter Hamper filled with chocolate and wine!
The Woodwards are selling raffle tickets for $2 each or three for $5. The Easter Hamper will be drawn on March 26. To get your raffle tickets, please contact Kirsty via their Walk for Epilepsy donation page here.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month

3. Buy Purple Day merchandise.
The Woodward family are selling cute purple plush toys to help raise funds for Epilepsy ACT. Plush toys are $10 each and can be bought by contacting the Woodwards here. You can also buy Purple Day plush toys as well as purple pens, enamel badges, nail files, key rings, and wristbands from one of the Epilepsy ACT pop-up tables at the following locations: Gungahlin Marketplace – Fri 8 March & Sat 9 March 2019; Erindale Centre – Fri 15 March & Sat 16 March 2019; and Cooleman Court – Sat 30 March 2019.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month

4. Wear Purple on Purple Day!
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! 

5. 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.

For more ideas on how to get involved and throw your support behind Purple Day, and to find out more about epilepsy, please visit the Epilepsy ACT website here.

Come on, Canberra! Wear your purple, show your support for children like Charlotte, and help raise funds so that Epilepsy ACT can help improve the quality of life for those living with epilepsy in our community.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month
Charlotte and her dad, Glenn

"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."

Cassidy Megan
Founder of Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

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When: March 26 is Purple Day in Australia and around the world
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