Purple Day is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On 26 March each year, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.
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 disorder and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. She named the day Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.
Thousands of people, schools and workplaces have joined the campaign, wearing purple to work and hosting Purple Day events and promotions.
Epilepsy Australia is the official Australian partner of Purple Day and has joined up with other epilepsy organisations from across the globe including Canada, USA, UK and South Africa to make Purple Day even bigger.
Epilepsy Queensland is the Queensland member of Epilepsy Australia and is proud to have the official role of promoting Purple Day throughout Queensland.
A Message from Cassidy
Hi, my name is Cassidy Megan. I'm 9 years old and I have epilepsy. I started Purple Day because I wanted to tell everyone about epilepsy, especially that all seizures are not the same and that people with epilepsy are ordinary people just like everyone else. I also wanted kids with epilepsy to know that they are not alone.
Before I started Purple Day, I was afraid to tell people about my epilepsy because I thought they would make fun of me. After the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, Canada did a presentation in my class, I started to talk with the other kids about my seizures. That is when I decided to become a spokesperson for kids with epilepsy. Please join me in wearing purple on March 26th to support epilepsy awareness. Cassidy (2008)
Click here to watch our Purple Day TV Ad featuring the founder Cassidy
You can help us to unmask epilepsy
Please visit these pages to see how you can get involved in Purple Day whether it is with your local school, pharmacy or fundraising in your community. There are so many ways you can fundraise for Purple Day, join a Purple Procession or sign up for the Purple Pledge Project. Click on these links for more information or here to see our list of resources and forms for you to download.
Please join us in wearing purple on 26 March to support epilepsy awareness worldwide.
Contact Us Now!
For further information about Purple Day, promotion materials, how you can get involved and/or to register your interest, please contact our Fundraising Team on 07 3435 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.