Karratha park turned purple for epilepsy awareness

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Kaidon, 15, Simon, Jye, 12, and Kylie Sander at the Purple Day in the Park event.
Camera IconKaidon, 15, Simon, Jye, 12, and Kylie Sander at the Purple Day in the Park event. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

Cattrall Park in Karratha became a sea of colour last Sunday, with an epilepsy awareness fundraiser drawing a crowd.

Purple Day in the Park was created by Karratha residents Mel Johnston and Nic Kot after Mel’s daughter Tahni was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago.

For the past two years it has been an event just for their friends and families, but this year the event went public and almost 400 people turned up in support.

Bags of purple chalk were sold, and at 10.30am, the chalk was thrown in the air and at participants.

Ms Johnston said they had decided to take the event public at the request of the community.

“People contacted us wanting to be involved and give donations,” she said. “It lets all the other kids out there with epilepsy know that they’re not on their own.

“There are little things that Tahni can’t do anymore and it’s nice for her to know she’s not the only one.”

The event also featured a raffle, stalls and a foam party organised by the local fire brigade.

Early estimates put the money raised at more than $7000, with the final number to come at the end of the week.

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