Canberra icons and National Institutions will be lit up in purple on Friday night as the Nation’s Capital helps to raise awareness of epilepsy.

It’s estimated nearly 8,000 Canberrans are currently living with the condition.

CEO of Epilepsy ACT, Fiona Allardyce said the annual ‘Purple Day’ campaign helps to dispel the myths and fears associated with the neurological condition.

“Through better community understanding, people living with epilepsy will feel more comfortable talking to their friends, family, schools and workplaces about it.”

“This is particularly pertinent when re-introducing a child back to school following a recent diagnosis.”

“Being able to openly and confidently talk to school, teachers and students about epilepsy, makes the transition back to their routine safer and less stressful for both the individual and their family.”

Amongst young people, it’s estimated one in every 200 Canberra school students are living with epilepsy.


To get involved, Ms Allardyce said people can wear purple, host a Purple Day event or donate.

“Making a donation will help us improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy through support and providing information and advocacy.

“It will also allow us to continue to develop and improve our services and programs for children, teens, adults, families, carers, health workers, education and disability workers, and also to educate the community.” She added.

For more information you head to the Epilepsy ACT website.