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School goes purple for epilepsy

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April 24, 2018

Cobram and District Specialist School students recently pledged their support to Purple Day.

Cobram and District Specialist School students have thrown their support behind a fantastic cause which affects thousands of Australians.
On March 15, the students were invited to participate in Purple Day. 
People with epilepsy are celebrated in March each year. This is part of a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness. 
Purple Day was founded in 2008 by Canadian girl Cassidy Megan, then aged nine. 
Over the years, Cassidy has documented her own battle with epilepsy and started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the condition she developed as a young child and let those people who have epilepsy know they were not alone. 
She named it Purple Day because lavender is the internationally-recognised colour for epilepsy.
Robyn Hicks, who helped organise the day, said she was proud of the students’ contribution.
‘‘Our students were asked to wear purple on the Thursday and bring along a gold coin donation to support this great cause,’’ Mrs Hicks said.
‘‘Monies raised went directly to Epilepsy Action Victoria and we are proud to say we raised $44.
‘‘As a public way of showing their support of Epilepsy Action Australia and those students at our school who experience epilepsy as part of their everyday lives, on the day every student was invited to colour a purple octopus for display on the front window of our school.’’

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