Purple Day was started in 2008 by a little girl in Nova Scotia called Cassidy who wanted her friends to know what it really meant for her to live with epilepsy. A child’s dream of sharing her story has turned into a recognized, global movement to raise awareness for epilepsy on March 26th. Visit www.purpleday.org to get more information about her initiative.
March 26th is now official Purple Day in Canada thanks to the passage of a federal private members bill supported by all parties in Parliament. This year people from all parts of Canada will be wearing purple and working to educate the community about epilepsy: a condition that affects 1 in 100 Canadians but is still very misunderstood by the public.
Individuals and groups in our community are working with Epilepsy Toronto to plan events that will help bring better public awareness about the facts and realities of epilepsy. You can show your support by wearing a bit of purple on March 26th.
Purple Day 2019 Events –
Epilepsy Toronto will be at Toronto Western Hospital and Sick Kids between 10am – 2pm to celebrate Purple Day, and we’ll be visiting the Rexdale Hub on March 27 in partnership with the Rexdale Women’s Shelter. The CN Tower and the ‘TORONTO’ sign at Nathan Phillip’s Square will be lit up Purple for the day as well.
Epilepsy Awareness events initiated by our members in classrooms, churches, aparment building lobby’s, offices, and places of work are also going on across the city. The CN Tower and the ‘TORONTO’ sign at Nathan Phillip’s Square will be lit up Purple that evening as well.
So look out for the Purple People and join them by wearing your purple proudly! Get Your Puprle On, take photos and if you post them to social Media tag us at @EpilepsyToronto and hashtag #PurpleDayTO.