March Epilepsy Awareness Month

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 seizure disorders.

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 of seizure disorders.

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 bailey@epilepsysupport.ca

Get Involved!

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.

Merchandise

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.

School Campaigns

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. 

Workplace Campaigns

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

London Middlesex

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

Elgin County

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 27, 2019 – Paint It Forward with The Painted Cat from 6 p.m. at the Village Garden Restaurant

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

Client Stories

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.

Living with Epilepsy – Lexi Crowe

Living with Epilepsy – Stacey Maola

Living with Epilepsy – Kennedy McGurgin

Living with Epilepsy – Delilah Krahn

Living with Epilepsy – Dekson Thibert

Living with Epilepsy – Owen Phelps

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