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Spreading the word for National Epilepsy Awareness Month

21 March 2013 - 3:17pm

Epilepsy is the world's most common serious brain disorder, currently affecting the lives of over 225,000 Australians.

March is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, raising awareness of the often debilitating condition which is estimated to affect more than three per cent of the Australian population within their lifetime.

Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to raising awareness about the condition on March 26.

Canadian Cassidy Megan founded Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, to get people talking about the condition and let others going through the same experiences know that they're not alone.

Cassidy named it Purple Day after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, lavender.

Epilepsy Action Australia will be taking part in Purple Day 2013, doing their best to raise funds and awareness of the condition so they continue to help Australians with epilepsy "no matter where they are".

You can create your own fundraising page to gather money for the cause, so rally around your workmates and family members to join up!

Some fundraising ideas include holding a school or workplace mufti day, a bake sale, a movie night, sporting match fundraiser and more.

The money raised by Epilepsy Action Australia from Purple Day will go towards providing education and support services across Australia to help people living with epilepsy, their families, communities and professional groups.

Make a move to take care of you and your loved ones' wellbeing by getting set up with health insurance.

A family health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your children get the appropriate treatment and care.

Your health consultant can help you with a private health insurance comparison so you can find the best deal for your family.