Walking for epilepsy

4 October 2021|Community News| Off Comments off on Walking for epilepsy|

IT’S time to dust off your sneakers, wash your bike and get your togs out of the winter wardrobe for October’s Walk For Epilepsy event.

In support of the one in 25 Australians who develop epilepsy, the popular 25-day fundraiser will provide people with a choice of how they reach their goals – whether that be running, walking, cycling, swimming, skateboarding or scootering at their own pace.

Tasmania has Australia’s highest prevalence of epilepsy and it is the second most burdensome neurological condition after dementia.

People with epilepsy live with the constant anxiety of unexpected seizure, injury, memory loss, higher mortality rates, social isolation, reduced or lost employment, discrimination and stigma.

One-fifth of Tasmania’s population is impacted by epilepsy and every 33 minutes someone in Australia is newly diagnosed.

“An epilepsy diagnosis always changes lives,” Epilepsy Tasmania chief executive officer Wendy Groot said.

“People commonly lose their driving licence because seizures are unpredictable until fully controlled by medication.

“Thirty per cent of people with epilepsy never gain seizure control, which often results in them spending most of their time at home and becoming socially isolated and unemployable.”

COVID-19 has been financially challenging for Epilepsy Tasmania, but Ms Groot hoped Tasmanians supported this fundraiser by either registering to participate or donating to another registered person or team.

“By supporting Walk For Epilepsy and raising or donating funds, people can make a real impact here in Tasmanian for the one million Australians who need support, research and a cure for epilepsy,” Ms Groot said.

To register for free or donate to Walk For Epilepsy, visit www.walkforepilepsy.org.au.

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