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Charity: Paint the Town Purple and erase epilepsy stigma in support of Enlighten Hong Kong

By: Brooke Chenoweth

Image of children posing with purple elephant on Purple Day, Hong Kong

Though people who have epilepsy are no different from you and I, they tend to suffer in silence due to a lot of misconceptions and strong stigma about the condition. Enlighten – Action for Epilepsy, have launched their “Paint the Town Purple” campaign to encourage everyone to go purple in support of those affected by epilepsy. They’re not only raising awareness but also providing positive perspectives on the condition, and promoting safe first aid practices to help those affected by a seizure. Get in touch with them at and get involved now.

Thanks to Enlighten, here are just some of the ways you can support this great cause:

* Wear purple and encourage others to do the same – from wearing purple ribbons, to dressing in purple, having purple shoelaces, or going all out and dying your hair!

* Host a Purple awareness / fundraising party / event / activity and have purple decorations – at home, school, work or play and donate the proceeds to Enlighten – no matter how small or large, every dollar is greatly appreciated.  Invite your friends, family, co-workers and the community.

* Make a tax-deductible donation to Enlighten through their secure online platform. Or purchase any of their purple themed merchandise.

* Share facts about epilepsy to help educate others each day during the month of March.

* Take a purple selfie and post on FB and Instagram – purple clothes, lipstick, hat etc – remember to have fun and hashtag your photos #paintthetownpurpleHK  so we can share your photos! Tell your friends and family and encourage them to participate too.

* Show your support on Purple Day – an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.  On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple in support of epilepsy awareness.


Purple group on Purple Day in Hong Kong

Here in Hong Kong, on Purple Day, serious rugby fans can join in a Rugby 10’s Brunch, to support Enlighten and warm up for Hong Kong’s most exciting weekend of rugby at the same time. Rugby legends Mark Ella, Joe Schmidt and Tom Smith will be on hand to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ and build awareness for epilepsy. This event will be held in the Sports Hall, Hong Kong Football Club, Sports Road. HK$10,000 for a table of 12 or HK$1,000 each for individuals. Time 11.30am to 2.30pm. Book online.

Other local players also showing their support:, Aurza, Baking Maniac, Cambridge Weight Plan, ColourMe Beautiful, CBRE, Feel Good Factor, Go.Asia, HKRFU, Ines Laimins Photography, Living Expat, Lush, Pacific Coffee, Pie Shack, Punchline Comedy, PupaBubble, Sassy Media, Sino Group, The Candle Company. And Expat Living!

To see more details of these events or to get more ideas for your own event please visit the Enlighten website.

For more information about Epilepsy, please CLICK HERE