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Epilepsy Awareness Month/International Purple Day – 26 March

One in fifty people have epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1% to 2% of the population.Epilepsy is what people with the condition have; it does not define who they are. Epilepsy is only a small part of their life.

Epilepsy New Zealand provides support for those with the condition and awareness for those around them. Trained Epilepsy Information and Support Specialists offer support and epilepsy education to people with epilepsy, their families and whanau.

“See the person, not the condition”

March is Epilepsy Awareness & Appeal Month and the 26 March is international Purple Day; International epilepsy awareness day.

Purple Day is celebrated throughout the world and strives to raise awareness of, and dispel the myths associated with epilepsy.

This Purple Day, Epilepsy New Zealand is quite literally turning purple – and we want you to join us! You can do anything – just make sure its PURPLE!

There are so many ways to go purple this Purple Day – here are just a few to get you started:

  • Plan a PURPLE event – you can do anything, just do it purple! Get together with your friends, family, colleagues or community group and see what purple-licious events you might like to take part in. For example – Have a ‘wear PURPLE’ mufti day at your school or workplace and/or organise a PURPLE morning tea for your work colleagues.
  • Eat PURPLE foods – Everyone loves to bake and what we love is how simple it can be! Why not organise a bake off and sell the cakes you bake amongst your family, colleagues and friends.

For more information or to get involved visit our website wwww.epilepsy.org.nz