The first time I heard about purple day it didn’t ring any bell. The color has no significant connotation to me, especially that colors in my country are related to political parties or views and purple isn’t one of those symbols. “Purple day for epilepsy in Tripoli” the event of facebook said, but why purple?
Cassidy Megan, the 9 year old Canadian who came up with the idea, chose the color purple lavender because the lavender flower is often associated with solitude, which is representative of the feelings of isolation many people affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders often feel. Cassidy’s goal is for people with epilepsy everywhere to know they’re not alone.
We Love Tripoli is the official Lebanese partner of Purple Day & the event was very successful last year but I wasn’t back then a member in the organization. This year it’s different although my participation is very humble. On Friday, Hassan O invited us to the WLT office to help finalize the preparations. Although many ppl took part in this event but hats down to Hassan for showing enthusiasm and putting a lot of effort to make it successful. I couldn’t attend the event from the beginning but I made a late appearance just in time to hold the letter “Y” (that Hassan has saved for me upon my request) in the group photo. Bravo We Love Tripoli for taking part in spreading epilepsy awareness around the world..
Photo by: We Love Tripoli https://www.facebook.com/welovetripoli