How can your school community get involved and help bring epilepsy out of the shadows?
A number of schools 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.
Purple Day for Epilepsy
During the national epilepsy awareness campaign in March, there is a growing number of schools inviting staff and students to dress in purple and hold classroom activities on or before 26 March - Purple Day for Epilepsy. Some hold mask-making competitions, in line with our 'unmasking' theme - others sell purple cupcakes or buy/sell merchandise like our bears, masks and wristbands.
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Little Poss Appeal
During the state epilepsy awareness campaign in September, Epilepsy Queensland conducts its annual Little Poss Appeal by selling merchandise and invites schools to participate by hosting a fundraising event or activity. Click here for more information about our Little Poss Appeal.
But who is Little Poss?
Little Poss is Epilepsy Queensland's mascot, a baby Brushtail Possum who lives in a place called Ningaloo. Little Poss was created by writer Anne Little and illustrator Denise McMahon to education children about epilepsy and to positively influence attitudes. Anne writes in the introduction to the book 'And Down Went Poss', "Epilepsy is a condition which affects animals as well as human beings...dogs, cats and possums are just a few of the animals known to have epilepsy". The second book in the series 'Poss's School Days' is an activity based book for young school students. It covers some of the problems that children with epilepsy may face in the classroom and helps to explain epilepsy to their peers. These titles are published by Epilepsy Queensland and are available for purchase from our Woolloongabba Office by phoning 07 3435 5000 (1300 852 853 regional Queensland).
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 folllowing story in your school newsletter in the weeks leading up to 26 March, you'll still be helping to spread information and awareness:
Let's paint this school purple: Did you know that around 30,000 school children throughout Queensland have 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 unmask epilepsy. Wear purple, buy merchandise, or host a fundraising event and donate the proceeds to Epilepsy Queensland. The money you raise will go directly towareds supporting children with epilepsy and their families - by providing more school visits and teacher education sessions, camps and retreats 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.