How can I be involved?

Suresh Rajan - Epilepsy Association of WA

Become a member

The Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc is dependent on community support so that it can continue to assist people with epilepsy throughout Western Australia and surrounding areas. Becoming a member of the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc is easy, just contact our office for a membership form.

Membership entitles you to:

  • vote at general meetings of the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc
  • receive a copy of The Epilepsy Report
  • various benefits and privileges that may be publicised as being available to members from time to time
  • invitations to scheduled seminars, educational programs and social events

Membership also gives you access to our library.

Statement about Epilepsy WA in Parliament

HON KATE DOUST (South Metropolitan — Deputy Leader of the Opposition) [5.22 pm]: I promised members that I would be brief. I want to acknowledge many members across the spectrum of Parliament who have arrived at Parliament today wearing some purple item. I thank those members, including Hon Liz Behjat, who have worn that colour or worn the purple badge. I want to thank them for doing that and for providing that level of support to people with epilepsy in our state. About 24 500 people have to deal with this neurological disease; it is a quite debilitating one. As the parent of a child with epilepsy, I acknowledge that. I certainly acknowledge the fine work done by Epilepsy WA, its CEO, Suresh Rajan, and his staff. They do an outstanding job as advocates for people with epilepsy in our state. It is difficult enough for most of us to get on with our lives; it becomes more complicated when people have to deal with that type of issue, particularly a young person on the threshold of employment or looking to get a driver’s licence or any of those other things that we take for granted. It was great to see many people across Parliament expressing their support today, and I put on the record my thanks and acknowledgement of the great work that Epilepsy WA does for our state. Members: Hear, hear!

Become a donor

While government grants play an important role in funding our organisation, the provision of basic services is heavily reliant on fundraising through donations and special events.

Your donation will enable us to improve the quality of life for people living with epilepsy through our many services. A donation, no matter how small, is an investment in the future ensuring that our work will benefit future generations of people living with epilepsy. There are several ways you can become a donor.

  • You can make a deferred gift or bequest in your Will to the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc.
  • A commemorative gift is a donation that marks that special occasion - birthday, anniversary, Christmas, birth, or graduation. All of these special occasions can be celebrated with a commemorative gift.
  • Or you can gift your time. Become a volunteer and see first hand how our organisation works and how valuable our work is.

Every gift makes a difference.

Make a monetary donation

The Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc is dependent on community support to enable us to continue to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy.

With around 400,000 Australians living with epilepsy demands on our resources are great. While much is being achieved imagine how much more we could do if all who used our resources made a tax-deductible donation.

Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc is a registered charity and donations are tax-deductible.

Please help us by making a donation today. Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible. We issue receipts for donations of $5 or more, amounts below this are receipted on request.

There are several ways of giving:

  • Send a donation.
    Please help us by making a donation today. Donations can be forwarded to The Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands WA 6009 or made through Give now.
  • Set up regular donations by direct debit.
    By making a regular tax-deductible donation using direct debit from your bank account, you can help us keep donation process costs to a minimum. To further assist you can request one annual receipt. Regular giving also assists us in effectively planning our future, ensuring greater certainty for critical programs.
  • Celebration.
    You may choose to nominate the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc as the recipient of a donation in lieu of giving or receiving gifts. Simply complete the In Celebration Donation form and return by mail or fax, and the recipient will receive an acknowledgement card passing on your kind message for their special day. Naturally, the amount of the gift is not stated unless particularly requested.
  • Donate through your workplace.
    Consult with your employer and ask for a payroll deduction to be made from your salary direct to the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc. Deductions are made from salary before tax. Some generous employers match employee contributions.

Make a bequest

A gift in your Will can assist the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc to continue to make a difference to the lives of all Australians living with epilepsy. Your financial commitment to Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc enables future generations to gain major benefits from your legacy.

We urge you to ensure that you have a valid Will, as many Australians do not and we all deserve to have our assets distributed to respect our wishes.

If you have bequeathed a gift to the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc we would appreciate the opportunity of thanking you personally for your generosity.

As a suggestion, the following wording may be useful:

I give and bequeath free of all duties and taxes [here state the dollar amount or asset to be gifted] to the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc of11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands , ABN: 75216697366, absolutely:

  • For the general charitable purposes of the Epilepsy Association WA Inc and I direct that the receipt of the Executive Officer, Treasurer or other authorised officer of the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.

In memory giving

When someone close to us dies, we experience grief, sadness and, ultimately, an appreciation of all memories we have of that special person.

  • An In Memory Gift to the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc is a special way to remember someone, and at the same time help give hope and life to those who remain.
  • An In Memory Gift can be an individual donation in memory of a loved one or friend.
  • An In Memory Gift can be a donation at the request of the bereaved family in lieu of flowers at the funeral or service. Special envelopes can be provided for this purpose. Please ask your Funeral Director to contact us to provide envelopes for the service, or contact us directly.
  • For some people an In Memory Gift donated on the anniversary of their loved one's birthday or a date significant only to them is their way of paying tribute to special memories.

Group or Corporate In Memory Gifts

When someone dies their passing has a profound effect on their work colleagues, sports team or social group. Many times the group feels they would like to do something together to jointly honour the memory of their friend who has died.

Donations may collected from a variety sources:

  • from the employer
  • from colleagues
  • from a fundraising activity specially organised in honour of their friend
  • collected at sporting events or a social dinner

Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc greatly appreciates these acts of generosity at a time of personal loss.

For further information regarding In Memory Giving please contact the Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc.

Become a volunteer - gift your time

Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc relies heavily upon volunteers and seeks those who may wish to assist with one or more of the following roles.

  • Guest Speakers - assist with profiling Epilepsy WA, gaining sponsorship or donations whilst presenting appropriate epilepsy-related messages to targeted community groups.
  • Fundraising Volunteers - participate in fundraising activities within your community. Your enthusiasm in generating much-needed funds is very much appreciated.
  • Peer Support - participate by sharing your personal experience with members in similar situations.
  • Special Projects - assist with operating/participating in short term projects, such as events, task forces and focus groups.

If you are interested in volunteering with Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc please contact us.

Every gift makes a difference.

Become a corporate partner

Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc recognises the importance of developing and nurturing strong links with the corporate sector in our efforts to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with epilepsy.

In partnering with corporations, Epilepsy Association (WA) Inc seeks to engage our partners in long term, strategic and mutually beneficial relationships. We are focused on developing partnerships of involvement and commitment.

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