Purple Day has a pretty interesting story. According to their website:
Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Cassidy’s goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came on board in 2008 to help develop Cassidy’s idea which is now known as the Purple Day for epilepsy campaign.
In less than a year, Cassidy had more than 100,000 people celebrating the 1st official Purple Day happened on March 26, 2009. That is pretty impressive! To help Cassidy reach her goal, here are some suggestions on how you can help the cause in your own community:
- Contact your local association and ask to volunteer
- Hold a fundraising event to support your epilepsy agency
- Contact your local or national Politicians and ask them to wear Purple on March 26.
- Offer to set up an educational display in your workplace or school to promote education about epilepsy and seizures
- Ask local businesses to help you promote Purple Day
- Share Purple Day information and Epilepsy facts on your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
- Donate your Facebook Status
- Host a Coffee Party or social event with Friends.
- Get a local daycare involved in the Purple Day Bunny Hop Campaign
- Organize a local walk or run in support of Purple Day and Epilepsy
Also, if you are really motivated to help raise awareness for epilepsy and support its charitable causes, the National Walk for Epilepsy is being hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation on April 19, 2015 in Washington, DC! You still have time to get a team together and participate as a fundraising team, as well.
Thanks for supporting this interesting cause!