Brownies purple for good cause

19:28, Mar 26 2014
Purple day
RAISING AWARENESS: Brownies, clockwise from top left, Lily Duncan, 9, Lara Hawkins, 8, Jacabeth Bartlett, 7, Shakada Padget, 8, Madeline Luscombe, 10, Nikita Rohloff, 9, Kyah Matthews, 8, Mila Young, 8, and Katie Johnston, 8, turn purple for epilepsy awareness Purple Day yesterday.

St Aidens Brownies are celebrating Purple Day, an initiative which strives to raise awareness of, and dispel myths associated with epilepsy.

The Brownies were told what epilepsy was and were taught what to do if one of their friends suffered a tonic-clonic seizure.

Epilepsy New Zealand Southland branch field officer Darlene Howell said education was an important way to raise awareness of the neurological disorder and dispel the stigma associated with epilepsy.

''It's never too early to teach young children how to react if someone needs help,'' she said.

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