Unfortunately with the continuing concern regarding the Coronavirus, Epilepsy Ireland has made the difficult decision to cancel all public Purple Day fundraising events (March 26th).
We have communicated this decision to all our dedicated volunteers around the country who were planning on holding public events or selling our purple wristbands to the public.
We are deeply grateful for all the voluntary time, effort and dedication that goes into organising events for Purple Day, and indeed other Epilepsy Ireland events throughout the year. However, the safety of our volunteers and the public is paramount at this time.
Purple Day takes place annually on the 26th March and is global day of epilepsy awareness. While the day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition that affects 40,000 people in Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland also places a focus on our fundraising efforts to support our vision of a society where no person’s life is limited by epilepsy.
Purple Day has become a significant fundraiser in recent years as volunteers set about holding all kinds of purple-themed events, including in workplaces and schools around the country.
This year we were hoping to raise €50,000 on Purple Day which would aid us significantly with our work for people with epilepsy and their families.
With the cancellation of public events, this goal will be severely impacted but we do have a plan B!
In the coming days, we will be:
- setting up a Facebook fundraiser where supporters can still donate to the Purple Day cause
- encouraging people to buy purple wristbands from our online shop
- asking people to make a donation via our website
- and of course asking supporters to share their support for Purple Day and epilepsy online
With your support, Purple Day 2020 can still be a success so please donate online, buy your wristband and be sure to share your support online!!.
Stay tuned for further details.