Purple Day was celebrated for the first time in Kazakhstan.
About 700 people took part in the “Bright Mile” charity race, held in support of patients with epilepsy.
In 2008, nine-year-old Scottish Cassidy Megan, who suffers from epilepsy, proposed to make March 26 a day for spreading information about this disease. The girl felt a negative attitude from others: people were afraid to communicate with her, and her peers refused to play under various pretexts. Cassidy made an appeal in which she said that her illness is not dangerous for others and is not contagious and she is no different from other guys. She was supported by students, politicians and employees of public organizations. Gradually, Purple Day (as it was called) began to be celebrated in different countries.
As of the beginning of 2017, 57 thousand people with a diagnosis of epilepsy were registered in Kazakhstan. To attract public attention to the problems of patients in Almaty, the “Bright Mile” race was held at the central stadium. Amateur athletes, children and caring citizens supported their fellow epileptics by going to the start with purple numbers. This color has a calming effect on the nervous system and relieves anxiety. Within the framework of the event organized by the “Ken Zhurek” Foundation together with the New Generation School, the Rotary International Humanitarian Organization and the “Kazakhstan League against Epilepsy” Association, a fundraiser was also held for the treatment of seven-year-old Nurislam Kudaibergenov. Soon the boy will go for examination to the Federal Center of Neurosurgery in Tyumen.
Source: Экспресс К.