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National Epilepsy Awareness: Purple Day

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by Chloe Jane (subscribe)
A 20-year-old Adelaidian law student, trying to broaden her horizions (and hopefully yours). Especially while she is stuck at home!
An event you can attend from anywhere for an excellent cause
With a huge amount of events being cancelled, due to government restrictions - here is one you can celebrate from anywhere! Purple Day is this Thursday the 26th of March, and is a worldwide celebrated day, to raise awareness for epilepsy.

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The Epilepsy Centre's poster for Purple Day 2020

Epilepsy is a lot more common than one might think. In Australia around a quarter of a million people are currently diagnosed with this illness (almost 1% of the population). And while this illness is much more prevalent than you would think, in around 50% of cases, the causes remain unknown.

But what is Epilepsy and how does it affect people? Epilepsy is a disease that occurs in the brain that disrupts electrical signals that are trying to be sent. It usually causes recurrent and spontaneous seizures. Epilepsy can be developed at many different ages and sometimes can be grown out of, and luckily up to 70% of people can control seizure activity with medication. But it is still a very misunderstood illness within the Australian public. Epilepsy Action Australia is a great informative site if you would like to find out more!

The Epilepsy Centre has teamed up with several major Adelaide locations to turn their lights purple this Thursday. If you happen to see one than snap a photo and upload on your social media with the tag '#GoPurpleForEpilepsy' or consider making a donation or fundraising as a 'Purple Day Hero' for The Epilepsy Centre.

Purple Day was founded in 2008 by 9-year-old Cassidy Megan from Canada to get people talking about the condition and make those impacted feel less alone! It was named Purple Day because the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy is Lavender.

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Epilepsy Australia's Infographic on how to make a difference this Purple Day

Or else, if you are at home on Thursday, wear purple, purchase some Go Purple for Epilepsy Merch, and tell your family and friends to raise awareness! I definitely will be!
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Why? to raise awareness and support for Epilepsy
When: 26th March 2020
Where: all over Adelaide and the world!
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