European Epilepsy Day
The 4th annual European Epilepsy Day takes place on Monday, February 10th 2014, four days before the feast day of St Valentine, the Patron Saint of Epilepsy.
The Day is an initiative of Epilepsy Advocacy Europe, a joint task force of the International Bureau for Epilepsy, an umbrella group of lay epilepsy associations (including Epilepsy Ireland) 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. Organisations like Epilepsy Ireland all across the continent are organising campaigns or events to highlight the condition.
Epilepsy Ireland is running a series of radio ads highlighting epilepsy first aid, voiced by Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt, whose son Luke has epilepsy. Joe launched the "Be a TEAM player" campaign with the help of three young assistants, all of whom have epilepsy at the Aviva stadium on January 17th. Keep an eye out in the national and local media for coverage as well or check out the EED events in your area.
Find out more about what you can do to support European Epilepsy Day here.
Find out more about St Valentine and epilepsy here.