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Flash mob draws attention to National Epilepsy Week

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

At exactly 13h15, 21 June 2011, commuters at the Cape Town central station were caught unawares by a flash mob. A large group of participants who were informed of the flash mob in advance, gathered at the Cape Town station’s main gangway and at exactly 13h15 fell to the floor to act out what a tonic clonic seizure looks like.

 

“Onlookers gasped at the sudden motion of people next to them falling to the floor.” says Noëline de Goede National Director for Epilepsy South Africa, “once they realised what was going on we brought out the posters and revealed our t-shirts to spread the message.”

The flash mob was organised  to raise awareness for Epilepsy during National Epilepsy Week (20-26 June 2011). Posters that read “Don’t look away, we face it every day”, “Epilepsy is a condition, not a disease” and “Know the facts” helped raise awareness for Epilepsy in South Africa.

If you would like to show your support, please visit the Epilepsy South Africa website http://www.epilepsysa.org.za to make a donation. Epilepsy South Africa is dependant upon the goodwill of its supporters. Your donation will support Epilepsy South Africa in helping those who live with Epilepsy.

 

Epilepsy SA is a non-profit organisation, which aims to include all people with disabilities, epilepsy, and people affected by epilepsy, in building the nation’s social capital by providing equal opportunities in realising their potential. Epilepsy is a very common neurological condition that affects one in every 100 people. It is characterised by recurrent seizures that occur because of an electrical discharge in the brain. A seizure can be triggered by something as simple as a flickering television’s flashing lights. Epilepsy is not a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, it’s not contagious either. It can affect anyone at any age. Many brave people live with epilepsy on a daily basis – and many have proven that the condition can be controlled! Jonty Rhodes, one of South Africa’s greatest cricketers, has lived with epilepsy since childhood. He has shown many sceptics how epilepsy can be controlled to a point of being overcome.

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