March is Epilepsy Month

MARCH is the month that Epilepsy Queensland hopes to bring epilepsy “out of the shadows”.

National Epilepsy Awareness Month runs throughout March, and culminates on Purple Day on March 26, when people are asked to wear purple and hold fundraising activities in their workplace or school.

However, Tweed’s Epilepsy Queensland fundraising manager Leigh Gilbert said the organisation’s March awareness campaign had started slowly, with people busy fundraising and donating to the Queensland flood appeal, and now the earthquake tragedy in Christchurch.

Ms Gilbert said about 50 schools and organisations had signed up over the past week to be involved – but she would love to see more involvement in the Tweed district.

Ms Gilbert said a support phone line and teacher training at schools with epileptic students were key services that fundraising would go towards.

“To me the most important thing is having someone on the other end of the phone for people who are newly diagnosed, or parents with newly-diagnosed children, she said.

Up to 2% of Australians have epilepsy, and one in 10 people will suffer a seizure.

 

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One in 10 people will suffer from a seizure



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