I Dr. Janak Nathan, have been asked to coordinate observance in India on 26TH MARCH 2011 We intend to celebrate “Purple day India” by having the following activities: Our mission is to educate the public and create awareness not to fear epilepsy.
- Dispel myths
- Give hope
- Promote education
- Help employment
- Facilitate marriage
- Overcome epilepsy
- FREE Public meeting on Saturday, 7th April 2012 at 2 PM at Savarkar hall, Shivaji Park, Mumbai on ‘Problems with education, employment and marriage in persons with epilepsy’.
We will cover the following topics:
- What is epilepsy?
- Video to show different kinds of epilepsy
- First aid to be given when a person gets a fit
- Do’s and Don’ts in Epilepsy
- Myths and superstitions associated with epilepsy
- Other conditions related to epilepsy- learning difficulties, hyperactivity and behavioral issues and the measures that need to be taken to handle these difficulties.
A little bit about Purple Day…
It was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, with the help of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia. Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.
Why? Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. That’s more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. In India there would be about 12 million people with epilepsy.
Why purple? Lavender is the international colour for epilepsy. The lavender flower is also often associated with solitude, which is representative of the feelings of isolation felt by persons with epilepsy. In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined forces to launch Purple Day internationally.