A PURPLE LIGHT FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS
EPILEPSY is the most common serious brain disorder in the world. More than 50 million people have the neurological condition. But new research showed only 28 per cent of Australians were aware of the disorder. Epilepsy Action chief executive Carol Ireland said a detrimental lack of awareness had prompted a strong push to educate the public. Ms Ireland said her organisation wanted to encourage communities to shine a light on the disorder by lighting a local landmark purple to start conversations about it. She said a lack of awareness perpetuated myths, which could lead to discrimination and stop vital funds for research and education. "It's time to bring it out of the shadows," she said. The Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay will be bathed in purple on March 26. For more information, go to www.epilepsy.org.au.
Rick Lee - Editor