February 25, 2009

International News: Purple Day: March 26th!!!

I'm thinking of organizing a party or some other kind of event. This date gives us yet another date to work for awareness, so we should take it!!!

Or, at least we should all participate and wear purple!!!
I think Cassidy has come upon something wonderful, and I am pleased to be of support to her efforts. 

Purple Day 2009Purple Day - March 26th http://www.purpleday.org 
Purple Day was started in 2008 by a nine year old girl called
Cassidy Megan who comes from Nova Scotia, Canada and she has epilepsy. 

She started Purple Day to dispel myths and the stigma attached to epilepsy. She wants to let everyone know that there are different degrees of epilepsy and it affects different people in different ways. She wants everyone to know that people with epilepsy are the same as everyone else, just ordinary people. 

Cassidy wants to let other children with epilepsy know that they are not alone. Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. 

Cassidy wanted to have a day where the whole world could think about epilepsy and that is now 26th March. 

And why the colour purple? Lavender is the international colour for epilepsy. 

At Matthew's Friends we were so impressed with her story and her courage that we just had to get involved and we are VERY proud to be the UK Partners for Purple Day. An 8 year old boy was the inspiration behind Matthew's Friends and now a 9 year old girl is going to make sure that the world knows about epilepsy and we want to help her do this. 

If everyone can wear purple on the 26th March EVERY YEAR, then the word will spread about epilepsy and we want to get people talking. Cassidy encourages people to hold fundraising events or parties on Purple Day, by whichever means you want. It is not only about fundraising, it is about raising awareness. 

Take Care 
Emma Williams 
Founder/Chief Executive - Matthew's Friends