Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, and the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance (CEA) worked with members, government, funders, and epilepsy agencies across Canada to make Purple Day a time to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform 300,000 Canadians living with seizures that they are not alone.
On March 26th annually, people in countries all around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day!”
If you’d like to make your Purple Day a fundraiser for ENL you can host different events. Ask people to make a donation with their shirts, have a bake sale, sell ribbons or tattoos, ask trivia about epilepsy and seizures or host a totally different event unique to you.
Make sure to take lots of photos! We would love to share your experience on social media and our website. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @epilepsynl to keep up to date throughout Purple Day! #PurpleDay2019 #EpilepsyNL
We would like to thank the following schools for participating in Purple Day 2017: Bay D’Espoir Academy, Exploits Valley High, Holy Cross All Grade, Lake Academy, Larkhall Academy, Mealy Mountain High School, Newtown Elementary, Pasadena Academy, Point Lemaington Academy, St. Mary’s Elementary, Upper Gullies Elementary, Woodland Elementary, St. Mary’s All Grade, Bayside Academy, McDonald Junior High, Lakeside Academy, Gros Mourne Academy, William Mercer Academy, King School, Goulds Elementary, Roncalli Elementary, St Kebin’s High Schoool.
March is Epilepsy Awareness Month and we want your school to be a part of the initiative.
Purple Day was started to let people living with epilepsy know they were not alone. On March 24 join the many schools around the province wearing Purple!
You can host different events to fundraise money for ENL. Ask people to make a donation with their shirts, have a bake sale, sell ribbons or tattoos, ask trivia about epilepsy and seizures or host a totally different event unique to your school.
If your school does not want to have a fundraiser, simply wear purple and learn about seizures. This month is about awareness and ending the stigma associated with this neurological disorder. This day can be used as a learning opportunity to teach children about epilepsy and first aid.
If your school is located in the St. John’s metro are, you can book free education session with ENL to help continue the learning experience.
After Purple Day, please return all funds raised to:
Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador
351 Kenmount Road
St. John’s, NL