The first ever international Epilepsy Day takes place in less than a month, on February 9th. This is a great opportunity to raise public awareness of this often misunderstood condition. Bluebird Care is supporting this campaign by getting involved online and throughout the country in our local offices. We are calling on you to get involved too!
Epilepsy Ireland will be running a TV and radio advertising campaign, featuring Ireland Rugby head coach Joe Schmidt to highlight seizure first-aid and we're also planning to raise awareness of epilepsy in the media and on social media. There will also be events taking place around the country and hopefully one or two other announcements as well!
We can all play a part in raising awareness of epilepsy. To make the first ever #epilepsyday a big success, they need your help! Please read on to find out more about six ways you can get involved right now!
Get in touch with Epilepsy Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.
Take part in the Epilepsy & Sport Survey
We all know the health benefits of taking part in sports and physical activities, but to help with our awareness raising efforts for International Epilepsy Day, Epilepsy Ireland would like to find out a little more about the relationship that people with epilepsy in Ireland (adults and children) have with sports and exercise. Do you take part in sports or activities? Have you ever been advised not to? Have you ever been prevented from doing so? Does epilepsy hold you back from taking part? Let us know by taking our short (10-minute) survey. Its open to adults and parents of children with epilepsy and its totally anonymous.
Speakers Corner- have your say on #epilepsyday - last chance!
Epilepsy Ireland is inviting people with epilepsy and their family members to write a short article or send them a video piece to help raise awareness of epilepsy. The article or video can be about anything epilepsy-related that you feel the public needs to know about or understand better. It can be a personal experience, a short story or a bigger issue affecting everyone in Ireland... the choice is yours! They will highlight your article to a large public audience on International Epilepsy Day. This is your chance to be heard and get a message across to the public, but hurry, we're closing for entries very soon.
#epilepsyday on social media
Social media will play a huge role worldwide in getting the epilepsy awareness message out to the public. On February 9th there will be a worldwide effort to get #epilepsyday to trend on twitter and other social media sites. Epilepsy Ireland is looking for all social media users to post a photo on the day using a sheet of paper to display the hashtag and your location. If you don't use social media, you can send us your photos and we will post them for you! Be part of the worldwide social media effort – find out more here!
Seeking media volunteers – tell your story!
In order to gain momentum and raise awareness on #epilepsyday, we are looking for more media volunteers to help us in bringing epilepsy into the public eye. It is important to get the message out there and for people to tell their stories so that the public can gain a greater understanding of what it is like to live with epilepsy. We need people to come forward and talk about epilepsy publicly. We need people with all different types of experiences with epilepsy and in all parts of the country. All you have to do to volunteer is download and complete our media volunteer form found at the link here.
Saddle Up for Epilepsy Charity Cycle
New Year's resolution to get active? Find out more about the first ever Saddle Up for Epilepsy cycle, a 40, 80 or 120km leisure event on Saturday 14th February in Co. Mayo to coincide with International Epilepsy Day and Rose Week. Sign up today! Entries cost just €40 and the first 200 entrants will receive a specially designed cycle jersey worth €50!
Become a Valentine's Roses volunteer
You can help raise epilepsy awareness and funds for Epilepsy Ireland's work this February by taking part in Epilepsy Ireland's Valentine's Rose Appeal. They need volunteers to sell roses at shopping centres across the country as well as at your school, college, place of work or club. Find out more about becoming a Rose volunteer.
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