Echuca Moama Purple Day raises thousands for epilepsy

By Ivy Jensen

ALTHOUGH Echuca-Moama Purple Day had to be cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis, more than $2500 has still been raised for epilepsy research.

Which organiser Shirley O'Bree said was the most important thing.

“It was disappointing having to cancel the event but I'm happy I still managed to raise some money,” she said.

“Normally I would get about $5000-$6000 from holding the morning tea and selling merchandise, but $2500 is better than nothing."

It brings her fundraising total over the past eight years to more than $25,000.

The Cunningham Downs resident thanked the Riverine Herald for promoting Purple Day, Echuca Workers Club for selling so much merchandise, Moama Bowling Club, RSL Club, Rich River Golf Club and all the Echuca, Moama and Rochester businesses who supported her with donations for our raffle and lucky door prizes, which have been returned to the donors.

“Thank you also for your cash donations,” she said.

“I also thank the Echuca 208 and Lockington primary schools and all the businesses who wore something purple or purchased purple ribbons to promote Purple Day to raise awareness to epilespy.

“I appreciate the businesses who had donation tins on their counters also helping to bring awareness to epilespy.”