March is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada. It’s a great time for anyone with an interest in epilepsy to raise awareness, challenge myths, and help dismantle the stigma of epilepsy. You can set up an epilepsy information table at school or work to raise epilepsy awareness, tell others how epilepsy has affected your life, wear purple, or throw a third party fundraiser to support epilepsy services in our community.
Help Raise Awareness in Our Community
The more people celebrating epilepsy awareness month with DIY awareness raising activities, the greater impact we can all have together. If you’re doing something to raise awareness at school, at work, at a local business, or in the community, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We would love to see your photos and share them.
Looking for ideas? Try one of these:
- Participate in the #Iam1in100 campaign to help expand the representation of what it means to live with epilepsy.
- Enter the Power of Purple video contest: Submit a video a 1-minute video telling or showing what Purple Day means to you and you’ll be entered into a draw with a $1,000 cash prize!
- Bring Purple Day to your/your child’s classroom with a special Purple Day edition of Live with Lily. Find out more in the video below.
- Tell 5 people you know how epilepsy has affected your life.
- Share your epilepsy story with us.
- Set up a Thumbs Up for Epilepsy nail painting station.
- Help us #ShineLightOnEpilepsy
- Support your local epilepsy agency with a third party fundraiser:
- Collect pledges to dye your hair purple
- Hold a purple dress down day at your school or workplace
- Put together a purple themed bake sale
- Hold a walk-a-thon, read-a-thon, dance-a-thon, or a Bunny Hop.
- We have plenty more suggestions for how you can create your own fundraiser.
Purple Day for Epilepsy
Purple Day is an International Epilepsy Awareness initiative created by Nova Scotia’s Cassidy Megan when she was 9 years old.
In June 2012, the Canadian government passed The Purple Day Act, declaring March 26 the official day for Epilepsy Awareness across Canada
Purple Day Celebration 2019
Purple Day 2018
Purple Day 2017
Purple Day 2016
Deputy Mayor Bob Monette presented Epilepsy Ottawa with a Purple Day proclamation on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa; Andrew Leslie, MP for Orléans, read Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement in support of Purple Day; we raised our flag at Ottawa City Hall; then we headed in doors for some snacks and a photo booth. Thanks to the volunteers for all your help and to the attendees for joining us! What a beautiful and fun day!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Issued Statement in Support of Purple Day
Prime Minister Trudeau encourages “Canadians to wear purple and get talking about epilepsy: learn the facts, dispel the myths, and understand what you can do to help. It is important to know that together, we can make a difference in the health and wellness of our fellow citizens.”