PURPLE DAY: Biloela Discount Chemist staff (from left) Karen Brewer, Roslyn Vanderwolf, Prue Duggan, Amanda Quinlan, Gabby Wilkie and Dana Quinlan.
PURPLE DAY: Biloela Discount Chemist staff (from left) Karen Brewer, Roslyn Vanderwolf, Prue Duggan, Amanda Quinlan, Gabby Wilkie and Dana Quinlan. Contributed

Chemist happy to make Purple Day a big success

THERE was a purple patch with a difference at the Biloela Discount Chemist store while staff celebrated Epilepsy Day last Tuesday.

Donning purple shirts and decorating the store, the staff were keen to let local epilepsy sufferers know they are not alone with their illness.

Intern pharmacist Pru Duggan said they decorated the shop and had a colouring competition and wore purple epilepsy shirts.

"Every month we aim to raise awareness of an illness we see on a daily basis and this time it's epilepsy,” she said.

"By doing what we did we have sparked a lot of discussion and conversation and got people talking about it.

"There are epilepsy sufferers in the Biloela region and we just wanted get some public understanding out there.”

Purple Day aims to encourage people to talk about epilepsy and to remind those who live with seizures that they have community support.

Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which takes the form of recurring seizures.

It can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

In Australia alone, approximately 250,000 people live with epilepsy and one in 25 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life.

Epilepsy is not just one condition; rather it is a diverse family of disorders comprising many seizure types. There are many causes of epilepsy, which vary with the age at which seizures begin and the nature of the seizures.

However, in 50 per cent of cases, the cause is unknown.

Pru said the day was successful, not just for local sufferers but also for fundraising.

"We raised about $260.10 that we will donate to Epilepsy Queensland,” she said.

"Next month we will be in red for the Heart Foundation.”


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