Events - Raising Awareness About Epilepsy
Our CEO is available to speak at your meetings. Some of the groups he has spoken with in recent times are as follows:
PURPLE DAY - MARCH 26TH
On 26 March, buy a purple ribbon and spread the word about epilepsy
Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day! Our list of Partner Organizations from around the world is also growing!
Annual General Meeting
Epilepsy WA will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. We will update with the date, time and location as this information becomes available.
Keeping Epilepsy In Mind - Release of Australia's First Longitudinal Study on Epilepsy
Held Tuesday, September 20, 2011, this event was a major event sponsored by Epilepsy Australia. Celebrities from all across Australia who have epilepsy participated in this event. Most notable was Sydney's Marion Clignet - Olympic medallist and six-time world champion cyclist who shared her story of overcoming the prejudice against her epilepsy in the U.S. and going on to live and win with her epilepsy.
Other high profile individuals also shared their stories:
- Jeff "Joffa" Corfe - Collingwood Football Club cheer squad leader whose daughter has epilepsy - Melbourne
- John Trevorrow - Commonwealth cycling medalist and media commentator - Melbourne
- Luke Quinlivan - Water polo champion training for the 2012 Olympics - Perth
- Peter Harbin - Veteran fencing champion competing with epilepsy - Perth
Many experts also participated in the event including Professor John Mulley AO, the epilepsy geneticist recently awarded an Order of Australia.
Are You a Carer?
30th August 2011, EAWA invited Carers WA to their headquarters in Nedlands WA. The two hour session focused on providing help to those who are epilepsy care providers. Issues such as "When does someone qualify as a Carer?" "What is Respite Care?" and "When can a Carer access respite care?" were among the topics covered.
Epilepsy and Meditation
17th August 2011, EAWA offered a session on meditation with Eric Harrison who established the Perth Meditation Center in 1987. Harrison's books on meditation are published in 15 countries and 10 languages.
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