Sandy beach school student Toby Fleuchter (right) is raising money for his epileptic brother Noah. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Sandy beach school student Toby Fleuchter (right) is raising money for his epileptic brother Noah. Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

A colourful way to raise awareness of epilepsy

SANDY Beach Public School is turning purple, all thanks to Year 6 student Toby Fluechter.

Toby, whose younger brother Noah suffers from epilepsy, is organising a special mufti-day and treat stall in the name of raising awareness about the condition.

Noah, who is in Year 1 at the school, was just three years old when he was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Toby said he wanted to let other children know about the neurological disorder and what to do in an emergency.

"Before my brother Noah had his first seizure I didn't even know what epilepsy was, I didn't know what to do if someone had a seizure, I didn't know there were different types of epilepsy," Toby said.

"I want people to understand that flashing lights don't always cause people to have seizures. I want to make other kids aware of what epilepsy is and how it affects people's lives

"I hope the money I raise can help support people with epilepsy."

On Thursday, March 26, students will be taking part in Purple Day - Epilepsy Awareness Day.

Purple Day was founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the disorder and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

Toby will also be holding a stall at recess, selling purple cupcakes and purple jelly.

The funds Epilepsy Action Australia acquires from Purple Day will go towards providing education and support services across Australia to people living with epilepsy and their families.



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