March is Purple Month!

Why? Because March is International Epilepsy Awareness Month and purple is the colour used to represent epilepsy.

Epilepsy Tasmania is a not-for-profit association improving the quality of life and community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy. We understand we are also the only epilepsy charity providing on-the-ground services and support in Tasmania to Tasmanians, and rely significantly upon donations and grants to do so.

International Epilepsy Awareness Month is our major annual fundraiser to help Tasmanians with epilepsy, yet there are an increasing number of interstate charities collecting donations within Tasmania but perhaps not providing actual services or support here.

To prevent misunderstanding and stop much-needed donations from being taken out of our state, Epilepsy Tasmania has introduced the Donate to the Lavender logo: when you see this logo or the name Epilepsy Tasmania, you can rest assured your donation will stay in Tasmania and be used to help Tasmanians.

Help Epilepsy Tasmania support Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy by participating in a range of our purple-themed activities this March:

Sunday 5th March A variety of gardens throughout historic Richmond will open to the public as part of Open Gardens for Epilepsy. $5 entry per garden or $25 for all. Trail begins at Laurel Cottage (9 Wellington St, Richmond) 10am – 4pm.
Wednesday 8th March Join a guided tour around the garden of Tasmania’s Government House with complimentary morning tea. $10 fundraising tickets available to purchase online through Eventbrite.
Sunday 12th March Port Arthur Lavender Farm family fun day.
Saturday 18th March Epilepsy Tasmania will be at Salamanca Markets. Kanangra aged care hostel in Deloraine Open Garden for Epilepsy fundraiser with market stalls, Devonshire tea, music and garden demonstrations.
Friday 31st March Epilepsy Tasmania will be at York Town Night Markets.
Sunday 26th March Jam Packed Cafe in Hobart go purple all day.

Purchase a $5 Donate to the Lavender fundraising bumper sticker from Epilepsy Tasmania and have the chance to win prizes if randomly spotted on your vehicle.

Nominate your favourite cafe on our Facebook page and we’ll help them Go Purple during March to increase awareness of epilepsy in Tasmania.

See various landmarks Go Purple at night throughout the City of Hobart and City of Launceston.

Welcome to Epilepsy Tasmania

We are a not-for-profit association improving the quality of life and community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy.

One in 10 people will experience a seizure, and one in 25 Australians (20,000 Tasmanians) will develop epilepsy at some point during their life. Yet despite more than 50 million people around the world with epilepsy, there remains an unfortunate stigma that causes much hurt and frustration.

Epilepsy Tasmania is working to remove this stigma and discrimination by increasing awareness and understanding of epilepsy around our state. Education is one way we do this, so please browse this website, download our resources and phone us if you have any questions left unanswered.

If you’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy or know someone who has – then what we do is all about you. We can help you establish new connections and support systems; communicate better with your medical specialist; arrange first aid training for your workplace, school or community group; and importantly we can be a friend when you need one.

Please –  get in touch … join us … be part of our community.

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