This month’s #PurpleWalk4EpilepsyWA will now be virtual, with the charity switching the March 29 event to an online fundraiser due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of Perth families dress up in purple each year for the Purple Walk to raise awareness of epilepsy and tell their stories of overcoming challenges living with the common neurological condition.
The virtual #PurpleWalk4EpilepsyWA will now raise much-needed funds for WA epilepsy support groups online instead.
Epilepsy WA CEO Emma Buitendag encouraged supporters to paint Perth purple via social media for epilepsy awareness and share their experiences firsthand.
26,000 Western Australians have epilepsy with 1400 new patients diagnosed each year.
Mrs Buitendag says one in 20 children in Australia will have a seizure and one in 200 Australian children have to live with epilepsy. Over 60s are now the largest age group of Australians being diagnosed with epilepsy.
“Wear purple and share #PurpleWalk4EpilepsyWA pix and stories tagging @epilepsywa,” Mrs Buitendag said.
“Walk laps around local parks, along the beach, pound the pavements, and get entries in for best dressed team.”
Advance registrants for the annual fundraiser receive a gift in the post, with prizes for the highest fundraising team in 2020 and best dressed team.
Epilepsy WA will also broadcast on Facebook on the morning of the online event on Sunday, March 29.
Register to join in the online fun at www.purplewalk4epilepsywa.com.au, call 1300 852 853 and follow updates @epilepsywa and on Epilepsy WA’s Facebook page.
Landmarks around WA will also light up in purple on the evening on March 26 for Purple Lights 4 Epilepsy WA to shine a spotlight on epilepsy during International Purple Day.
Epilepsy WA receives no government funding and relies on donations to provide services to WA families. Purple Walk 4 Epilepsy 2020 is sponsored by Seer Medical and Perth Neurology & Epilepsy.
Cost (if applicable):
$20 per adult, $5 per child or $50 per family (2 adults, unlimited children)