March is national Epilepsy Awareness Month! We encourage our community members to get involved in raising awareness about epilepsy, seizures and seizure first aid in as many ways as possible. Whether it is creating an event, joining a campaign, volunteering, or fundraising, there are many opportunities for anyone to get involved. If you, your loved one, your colleague, or your acquaintance has epilepsy, take this opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of everyone living with epilepsy.
One in 100 people have epilepsy, but many don’t tell anyone their health status due to public misconceptions about the condition. Epilepsy Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to begin a discussion about epilepsy, educate the public and break down the stigma epilepsy.
Please be sure to share your Epilepsy Awareness Month initiatives with us and our team. We encourage you to post photos and use #PurpleNation in your social media. Any photos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some ways you might participate:
- Be an 'Epilepsy Warrior' and purchase a merchandise kit.
- Have your classroom participate in our #PurpleDoor2019 campaign
- Encourage and register your classroom or school to participate in an awareness event.
- Promote awareness at your workplace and register to receive a free awareness package.
- Hold a Walk-a-thon, Read-a-thon, Dance-a-thon, or a Thumbs Up for Epilepsy Initiative. Download our pledge form here.
- Organize a Purple Dress Down Day at your office, school, or local business. Everyone makes a donation to participate.
- Collect pledges to dye your hair purple and join the #PurpleHairRevolution. Download our pledge form here.
- Encourage your local sports team to incorporate purple into their uniform to show their support.
Interested in being part of the #purplenation? Many items are available for purchase. Limited sizes available, first come first serve.
Click here to learn more: www.epilepsyswo.ca/shop
Become an 'Epilepsy Warrior' and purchase a kit to help promote Epilepsy Awareness in your community. For $40 you will receive two t-shirts, two pairs of sunglasses, two ribbons, two tattoos and agency materials ($45 value). Contact ESWO to find out how you can get your kit! 519-433-4073.
We have a FREE package for teachers and students. The package includes bookmarks for each student and documents with epilepsy and seizure fun facts (that can be read on the announcements or in class), 2 Seizure First Aid Posters and 2 Epilepsy Awareness Month Posters. In order to participate you must contact your local Public Education Coordinator to order.
We are also encouraging classrooms to participate in our #PurpleDoor2019 Campaign. We invite teachers, parents, students and schools to raise epilepsy awareness in their school board. Submit a photo of your decorated classroom door between March 1st 2019 and March 31st 2019 and be entered in to win a PURPLE DOOR PARTY for your class.
We are encouraging workplaces to participate in our #PurpleDoor2019 Campaign. We invite employers, employees and teams to raise epilepsy awareness in in the workplace. Submit a photo of your decorated office door between March 1st 2019 and March 31st 2019 and be entered in to win a PURPLE DOOR GIFT BASKET for your office.
Regional Epilepsy Awareness Events
March 7, 2019 – 50/50 Lightning Game
March 11-24, 2019 – Budweiser Gardens Billboard Campaign
March 12, 2019 – Skyzone Fundraiser
March 19, 2019 – Client Purple Party / Paint Night
March 23-24, 2019 – YEP! Youth Retreat
March 25, 2019 – University Hospital Bake Sale from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March 27, 2019 – Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic – Awareness Day
Byron Northview Public School Awareness Event
West Nissouri Public School Awareness Event
Chippewa Public School Awareness Event
Northridge Public School Awareness Event
March 11-16, 2019 – Elgin Mall Awareness Booth
March 26, 2019 – Putting Scarf on Jumbo the Elephant
Windsor Essex Region
March 1, 2019 – Windsor Minor Hockey Association Novice AA & Belle River Novice AA hosting a purple game at the Atlas Tube Centre in support of ESWO and Epilepsy Awareness
March 2, 2019 – Information Booth at Devonshire Mall in the People's Court
March 4-8, 2019 – Caesars Windsor's exterior lights will be turned purple for Epilepsy Awareness
March 5, 2019 – Amherstburg Library Presentation at 11:00 a.m.
March 6, 2019 – Hats on for Healthcare Night
March 7, 2019 – Windsor Spitfires at 7:05 p.m.
March 7, 2019 – Kingsville-Highline Library Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
March 11 -24, 2019 – Ouellette Ave Billboard Campaign
March 18, 2019 – Lasalle-Bill Library Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
March 22, 2019 – Adventure Bay Family Water Park is selling purple wristbands for entry into the park and staff wear purple
March 27, 2019 – Essex Library Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
March 31, 2019 – Strike Out Epilepsy
Transit Windsor will support EAM by displaying Epilepsy Awareness Poster in the Community Window on 100 buses.
Chatham Kent Region
March 1-22, 2019 – Purple Tulip Fundraiser with The Purple Pansy Flower Boutique
March 1, 2019 – KMHA PeeWee Minor AA Cobras at the Memorial Arena in Chatham at 7:20 p.m.
March 19, 2019 – Wallaceburg Library Presentation from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 19, 2019 – Dresden Library Presentation from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
March 22, 2019 – South Kent Lightning Atom Local League 1 Team at the Arena in Blenheim at 7:30 p.m.
March 24, 2019 – KMHA PeeWee Minor AA Cobras at the Arena in Tilbury at 3:40 p.m.
March 25, 2019 – Chatham Library Presentation from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
March 26, 2019 – Tilbury Library Presentation from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
March 28, 2019 – Blenheim Library Presentation from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
March 28, 2019 – Ridgetown Library Presentation from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg School Awareness Event
Sarnia Lambton Region
March 24, 2019 – Purple Day for Epilepsy hosted by All About Horses Thedford
March 30, 3019 – Lambton Mall Information Booth from 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Huron Perth Region
Goderich District Collegiate Institute Awareness Event
South Huron District High School Awareness Event
Seaforth Public School – Grade 6 Class
Avon Maitland District School Board Communications Department
Shakespeare Public School Class
By creating awareness and education about a condition that affects so many of us, we can begin to provide support for our community members living with epilepsy. Thank you to our clients who shared their epilepsy journey with us.