School cel­e­brates in pur­ple

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram and District Spe­cial­ist School stu­dents have thrown their sup­port be­hind a fan­tas­tic cause which af­fects thou­sands of Aus­tralians.

On March 15, the stu­dents were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in Pur­ple Day.

Peo­ple with epilepsy are cel­e­brated in March each year. This is part of a global ini­tia­tive ded­i­cated to rais­ing epilepsy aware­ness.

Pur­ple Day was founded in 2008 by Cana­dian girl Cas­sidy Me­gan, then aged nine.

Over the years, Cas­sidy has doc­u­mented her own bat­tle with epilepsy and started Pur­ple Day in an ef­fort to get peo­ple talk­ing about the con­di­tion she de­vel­oped as a young child and let those peo­ple who have epilepsy know they were not alone.

She named it Pur­ple Day be­cause laven­der is the in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised colour for epilepsy.

Robyn Hicks, who helped or­gan­ise the day, said she was proud of the stu­dents’ con­tri­bu­tion.

‘‘Our stu­dents were asked to wear pur­ple on the Thurs­day and bring along a gold coin do­na­tion to sup­port this great cause,’’ Mrs Hicks said.

‘‘Monies raised went di­rectly to Epilepsy Ac­tion Vic­to­ria and we are proud to say we raised $44.

‘‘As a pub­lic way of show­ing their sup­port of Epilepsy Ac­tion Aus­tralia and those stu­dents at our school who ex­pe­ri­ence epilepsy as part of their every­day lives, on the day ev­ery stu­dent was in­vited to colour a pur­ple octopus for dis­play on the front win­dow of our school.’’

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