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1-2-2011 | European Epilepsy Day awareness campaign launched

01 February 2011
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February 14th 2011

The first ever European Epilepsy Day takes place on February 14th 2011, the feast day of St Valentine, who is reputed to have had epilepsy.

The Day is an initiative of the International Bureau for Epilepsy, an umbrella group of lay epilepsy associations (including Brainwave) and the International League Against Epilepsy, an international organisation representing healthcare professionals.

The aim of European Epilepsy Day is to promote epilepsy awareness across Europe through educational and promotional activities.

To mark this special occasion, Brainwave is running a series of radio ads entitled "Crash", voiced by our Patron, 2FM presenter Rick O'Shea. We have also set up a micro site within epilepsy.ie as part of our awareness campaign to make the Irish public more "seizure aware". We are also launching Facebook and Twitter pages to mark the occasion and we hope to generate significant coverage of epilepsy in local and national media. Meanwhile the annual Valentine's Roses fundraising campaign will be taking place at locations across the country.

In Europe, EED is being launched with an exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, hosted by Irish MEP Gay Mitchell. Representatives of epilepsy organisations from all around Europe will meet with key figures in the European Parliament and Commission.

Find out more about what you can do to support European Epilepsy Day here.

Attached Documents

PDF icon General Awareness poster (Awareness_poster.pdf | 338 kB)
PDF icon EED Poster (EED_Poster.pdf | 504 kB)
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