No one should go it alone – thousands of Victorians to walk In support of epilepsy this October
For the first time, Sunday October 21st will see thousands of Victorians Walk for Epilepsy at Princes Park in Carlton in support of the Epilepsy Foundation, whose programs provide much needed support and assistance to those living with epilepsy and their families.
The Walk for Epilepsy is the inaugural outdoor FUNdraising event for the Epilepsy Foundation – the day will assemble people from all walks of life – those living with epilepsy, their families, friends, carers, health professionals and supporters.
The day will feature an abundance of family activities including: live entertainment, music, games, face painting, a delicious sausage sizzle and most of all, fun, laughter and community. Funds raised on the day will help the Epilepsy Foundation to continue supporting Australians living with epilepsy along with their their families and support networks.
Graeme Shears, Chief Executive Office of the Epilepsy Foundation says:
‘The Epilepsy Foundation prides itself on its highly motivated community. The Walk for Epilepsy is a great opportunity for this community to come together and celebrate the amazing work we are able to achieve.’
There are currently more than 60,000Victorians living with Epilepsy – by engaging the community to a shared purpose, the Epilepsy Foundation aims to stop avoidable deaths from occurring, ensure that children receive a quality education, to help people attain and retain employment and to ensure that people feel safe, connected and supported.
Health and lifestyle outcomes for those living with epilepsy have improved in recent years, however at present, around 60 people Victorians die each year as a result of their epilepsy – catapulting the condition into the top five causes of avoidable death among young people aged 5 – 29.
The Epilepsy Foundation provides essential services such as:
Advice and information about epilepsy
Advice about risk management and living well with epilepsy
The Epilepsy Foundation works with individuals and families, organisations and the community to increase people’s understanding of epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation uses evidence-based practice to stop avoidable deaths, ensure children get a good education, help people get and keep their jobs and help people feel safe and connected. A good understanding of epilepsy is the key to achieving these outcomes. www.epilepsyfoundation.org.au
The Epilepsy Foundation believes – no one should go it alone with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that involves recurring seizures. About 4% of the population will have epilepsy at some stage of their life and it presents as unique to every person.
What is a seizure? A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical discharge in a group of brain cells (neurons). During a seizure, neurons can fire up to five hundred times a second – more than six times the normal rate and for a brief period, this can cause strange sensations, emotions and behaviour or convulsions & loss of consciousness.
Living with epilepsy is not is not just about managing seizures; it is learning to build resilience concerning the associated health and wellbeing impacts, economic and social participation barriers as well as issues with discrimination and stigma among the wider community. www.epilepsyfoundation.org.au/understanding-epilepsy