How your school community can help
An estimated 12,000 children in Queensland are currently living with epilepsy. Purple Day is a wonderful way for your schools to show support for children and teachers living with epilepsy and help raise awareness and vitally needed funds.
On any day during the national epilepsy awareness campaign from 1 to 31 March, you and your school can join other students and teachers from around the world to go purple and help bring epilepsy out of the shadows!
Some suggestions for activities:
- (Purple) free dress day
- Bake sale
- Crazy hair day
- Sell Purple Day merchandise- ribbons, wristbands, keyrings, badges and plush animals
Purple Day resources
Great Purple Day resources are available to download to help increase awareness and raise much-needed funds in schools.
Other ways to help
Can you run a newsletter story for us?
We know how busy school life can be. So even if you don’t have time to undertake one of the suggestions above, you may be able to include the following story in your school newsletter in the weeks leading up to 26 March, you’ll still be helping to spread information and awareness:
Go Purple for Epilepsy: Did you know that around one in every 200 school children throughout Queensland has epilepsy? Or that epilepsy has been described as the most misunderstood, most stigmatised and most under-resourced health condition in the world today? From 1 March until Purple Day on 26 March we’re asking students, teachers and parents to help us bring epilepsy out of the shadows. Wear purple, buy merchandise, or host a fundraising event and donate the proceeds to Epilepsy Queensland. The money you raise will go directly towards supporting children with epilepsy and their families – by providing more school visits and teacher education sessions, school holiday program for children with epilepsy and maintaining the Little Poss Club. For more information and ideas on how to help bring epilepsy out of the shadows visit www.epilepsyqueensland.com.au.
A number of schools also nominate Epilepsy Queensland as one of their charities to support throughout the year. This not only helps to raise vital funds but also increases awareness and understanding of epilepsy – which can be of tremendous value if you have a student or teacher with epilepsy.