Founder of Purple Day, Cassidy Megan

What is Purple Day 2024?

Purple Day (Tuesday 26th March) is a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the condition and to let those impacted by seizures know that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.
26th March 2024

Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which is characterized by seizures, which cause involuntary movements, shaking, confusion and anxiety. Seizures vary, and coming across somebody who is having a seizure can be terrifying, especially for those with limited knowledge about epilepsy. This is why campaigns like Purple Day 2024 are so important.

Epilepsy is a poorly understood condition, despite the fact that it is the 4th most common neurological disease. Statistics show that 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Although epilepsy is prevalent, public awareness is low, and many people are unaware of the symptoms and signs of epilepsy and how it impacts sufferers.

Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy within the past several decades, public attitude to Epilepsy remains to be superstitious. There is a deep-rooted prejudice against epilepsy, and many still attribute it to witchcraft and curses making it a dreaded disease. These beliefs have resulted in patients with epilepsy being ostracized, stigmatized and misunderstood.

People with epilepsy who are stigmatized can endure devastating consequences, including lower self-esteem, social anxiety, discrimination, isolation, reduced access to care and resources, and negative health outcomes.

People with epilepsy may hide their symptoms from others and even delay seeking care, Many people with epilepsy fear that openly discussing their diagnosis will result in the loss of relationships, driving privileges, jobs, and more.

The Purple Day 2024 campaign will educate the public with the knowledge and insight to support those who display symptoms of seizures and raise awareness of a condition that affects thousands of people across the world.

The Voice For Epilepsy charity founder Kasam Parker injured in hospital after a seizure

We are All Asking for Your Support!

Please wear PURPLE on MARCH 26th

Why get in involved with Purple Day 2024?

Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide or approximately 1 in 100 people.
That’s more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined!

Make a difference in your local community to help raise awareness during PURPLE DAY

Hold a seizure first aid training at your work place or school
Hold a fundraising event to support “The Voice For Epilepsy”
Host a “Wear Purple Day” event with Friends
Ask local businesses to help you promote Purple Day
Contact your local media stations (TV, Radio, Newspaper) and ask them to do a story about Purple Day
Contact your local or national Politicians and ask them to wear Purple on March 26
Offer to set up a display in your workplace or school to promote epilepsy and what to do if someone has a seizure
Share Purple Day information and Epilepsy facts on your social media accounts
Organise a local walk- or run-in support of Purple Day
Talk about epilepsy and/or Purple Day in your blog

Anything you can think of to raise funds & Epilepsy Awareness! Let us know!! Get in touch here

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    own Purple Day 2024 event?

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    Otherwise you can still help us to support people affected by epilepsy and their families by making a donation to The Voice For Epilepsy or by making a regular donation to us from your bank – SEE OUR DETAILS BELOW.