Health and Community Services
March 26, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Purple Day Recognized in Newfoundland and Labrador

Mr. Speaker, epilepsy affects over 10,000 people in this province, more than 300,000 Canadians, and approximately 50 million people around the world.

The Provincial Government gladly joins with schools, businesses, and individuals in communities throughout the province today, as well as across Canada and in other countries to recognize Purple Day in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cassidy Megan was the driving force behind this event. She organized the first Purple Day at her elementary school in Nova Scotia in 2008.

Since then, it has grown into an international initiative dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about epilepsy worldwide. Last year, people from dozens of countries on all continents participated, even Antarctica.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage all members of the House of Assembly to check out activities happening in your communities, and to support those living with epilepsy today and every day.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 03 26                              2:15 p.m.