Redhotblue turns Purple for a good cause
At redhotblue, every month we choose a charity to support.
Today, March 26th is Purple Day – an international effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.
People around the world are invited to wear purple and host events to increase Epilepsy awareness in their community.
We held our very own Purple Day with the whole team creating purple masks to mark the occasion.
Epilepsy affects over 65 million people globally – this is more than MS, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s combined! Despite this, many people in the general public don’t know a lot about the condition – and often people are misinformed.
Put simply, if someone has epilepsy this means that a person has been experiencing regular, recurring seizures. When a person has a single seizure this does not necessarily mean that they have epilepsy. However, it is estimated that approximately 50% of people who have one seizure go on to have more seizures.
Some quick facts:
- At least 1 in every 10 people will have one seizure in their lifetime.
- Nearly 800,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some stage in life.
- It is estimated that over 225,000 Australians are living with epilepsy2. Approximately 3% to 3.5% of Australians will experience epilepsy at some point in their lives.
- Approximately 25,000 people in Australia are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
- It is commonly thought that epilepsy always involves convulsions. In fact there are around 40 different types of epilepsy and epilepsy syndromes.
- Epilepsy is NOT contagious. Epilepsy is NOT a disease. Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder.
For more on Purple day, check out: http://www.purpleday.org
To find out how you can help visit the Epilepsy Australia website http://www.epilepsyaustralia.net/ or call 1300 852 853