Unfortunately, we had to take the difficult decision to cancel all public fundraising associated with Purple Day and although Purple Day has now passed, you can still support our campaign. Our original aim, prior to the cancellation of public events, was to raise €50,000 towards our work. We can still raise awarness and raise funds for our work through social media and online in the comfort of our own home during these unprecendented times. Find out how below:
1) Support our Facebook Fundraiser
We have launched a Facebook fundraiser to help us raise funds to go towards our services. You can donate by clicking here. Please share and invite your friends to make a donation if they can. Every donation, no matter how small, will be vital to our work. This fundraiser will close this coming Thursday, 2nd April. Alternatively, if you have a big day in the form of a birthday or anniversary coming up, why not set up your own Facebook fundraiser to support our work?
For Purple Day this year, we had brand new festival style wristbands to sell. You can order your wristband today by clicking here! Unfortunately, due to COVID19, we are unable to post orders while the current situation persists but we will issue your order to you as soon as physically possible. It doesn't have to be Purple Day in order to raise awareness and you can do just that when you receive your wristband. Be sure to take a pic and tag us on social media when you receive your band!
3) Donate Online
You can make a donation right here on our website. This is an alternative to support our work if you don't have a social media presence. You can make a donation by clicking here.
4) Have a swearbox for your new working from home station
With the situation around COVID19, many of us are now working from home over the coming weeks. For the newbies to the working from home world, this won't be easy with distractions from the children to realising just how loud the washing machine actually is! This may induce language that usually isn't usually fit for public consumption BUT you could start a little swearbox for Epilepsy Ireland and donate what you have gathered up when things return to normal.
5) Share your story and encourage friends to follow/like Epilepsy Ireland's Social Media channels.
Again with COVID19 being the dominant thought in everyone's mind at the moment, why not encourage your friends and family to learn more about epilepsy. People are going to need something to take their minds off the current situation, so this could be the perfect oppurtunity for them to learn more about the condition. You could also share your stories about epilepsy to your social media channels by recording a short video and explaining your life with the condition. This will go some way to helping increase the understanding of epilepsy and how it affects people and through this, we will be closer towards a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.
So those are just 5 ways that you can help us! In light of what we have said in point 5, we have explained epilepsy in Plain English right here. Why not click here and share the page with your friends so they can use this period of social distancing to learn about a condition that affects 40,000 people in Ireland!
Thank you for your support and we hope you will support us as much as you can in these unprecedented times.
Stay safe, follow the official advice and we hope to resume to normal service as soon as possible!
Want to learn more about epilepsy but in layman's terms? Click here to learn more and share with your friends!
About our Sponsors
Our efforts on Purple Day have kindy been sponsored by Nutricia.
Nutricia specialises in medical nutrition for people of all ages and develops foods for special medical circumstances - including epilepsy. This marks the second year that Nutricia have sponsored the awareness day for Epilepsy Ireland and it is one which the entire company are delighted to be part of ,according to Amy Meegan, Brand Manager at Nutricia:
“It is a fantastic for us to be involved in this international epilepsy awareness day and to be associated with the wonderful work that Epilepsy Ireland do. While days like Purple Day are essential in raising awareness amongst the general public, every day is an awareness raising day for them through their work in local communities across the country.”
“Nutricia develop products that support ketogenic dietary therapy. With the support of a registered dietitian, this high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet can provide seizure relief for those who have failed to respond to other management options. Through the people that approach us about the diet, we know that epilepsy as a condition needs increased awareness across the country which is why we are delighted to be sponsoring Epilepsy Ireland’s awareness raising efforts on Purple Day.”