Purple Day

Purple Day is an international epilepsy awareness day.  It takes place on 26 March every year.  It is a global day dedicated to fundraising for epilepsy support services.

A Let’s Go Purple Day! fundraising event can take place at your school, business or workplace.  Save the date, mark your diaries and make sure you can join us for Purple Day.

Dress purple, run purple, dance purple, bake sale purple and have your network bring a gold coin donation to your fundraiser.  Every generous contribution goes toward supporting New Zealander’s living with epilepsy and their whanau.

Throughout New Zealand schools, community groups and businesses hold fundraising events for Purple Day.  Create your own Purple Day fundraiser by going purple and collecting funds for Epilepsy New Zealand. A successful and simple way to raise epilepsy awareness on March 26 is to wear something purple to work or school.

To register to fundraise please complete a Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form before 26 March.  Tax deductible donations towards Epilepsy New Zealand (registered charity number CC10611) can also be made online.

Purple Day is celebrated globally on 26th March.  If this date falls on a weekend Purple Day can be celebrated on another day throughout March.

There are many ways to participate in Purple Day and every contribution counts towards providing support for New Zealanders living with epilepsy.

Let’s Go Purple Day! If your circumstances don not allow you to celebrate Purple Day in person, please support us on social media.  Facebook pages, networks and groups are a great place to share Purple Day.  Turn your profile picture purple, add a purple heart to your profile picture or post a picture of you or your pet wearing purple.  Please add a hash tag #IsupportPurpleDay or #epilepsynewzealand.  Please download one of our wear purple posters and post it to your page.  Lets go purple on 26th March and help raise funds for epilepsy support services.

For more information and enquiries, please contact national@epilepsy.org.nz

Become a Purple Day Hero and plan your fundraiser today.

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Need help to plan a fundraiser at your business? Here is a printable Purple Day fundraising guide:

Let’s go PURPLE DAY Business Guide


Fundraising Ideas for Purple Day:


Bake sales and morning teas are popular fundraisers at school, workplaces and community spaces. People get to purchase some yummy treats and the proceeds go to a great cause. Put on a morning tea in the staffroom and request a gold coin donation to join. Dust off your best recipes and get your bake on !

Made with love tags for your baking creations

Purple Day Bunting Letters for your display


People love to get dressed up and this is our most popular fundraiser for schools and workplaces. Decorate your office or workspace, dress in purple and request a gold coin donation. Be creative and don’t forget to take photos !


Raffles are a great idea to raise awareness and funds and the options of what to add to them are endless. They can be displayed on desks, counters, offices, receptions areas and shared through social media. We can assist with books, games and other support information to add to the raffle prize.


A downloadable guide on how to plan a Purple Day event at your school:

Let’s go PURPLE DAY Fundraising Guide for Schools 2024


Please complete and email a signed copy to fundraise for Epilepsy New Zealand: Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form


Attention School teachers please download the Purple Day activity booklet, filled with colouring-in pages and information sheets:

Purple Day Activity Booklet 2024

Purple Day Posters

Simply printing a poster or sharing a screen shot of a poster on your Facebook is a good way to participate in Purple Day.

Link to Printable Posters


Click below to download printable certificate:

Purple Day Hero Recognition Certificate 2024


Art and Craft Sale

We have some wonderfully creative people in our communities, why not fundraise from selling or auctioning off what you have made.

Some examples include Jewellery, paintings, flax work, clothing.

Registration details and resources

Social Media Sharing- please contact national@epilepsy.org.nz to request adding your sale/auction to our social media channels.

Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form

Let’s go PURPLE DAY Business Guide



Building awareness and Fundraise at shopping centres

Why not set up a table at your local shopping centre and build awareness through  information sharing and collection.

Most shopping centres require this to be booked in advance so please make sure you ask first.

Your local educator may be able to help with pull up banners and information for  a display. Please find a list of the national team contacts here.

Registration details and resources

Support and Information brochures- e mail national@epilepsy.org.nz to request these

Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form

Let’s go PURPLE DAY Business Guide


Fun activities for schools

Many Schools like to include colouring pages , word finders and other educational activities that can be distributed around the  classes to raise awareness of epilepsy and help students to learn and understand . There are also fun activities like Slime the Teacher, holding a contest for the funkiest purple dress up, decorating your school pavement with purple chalk artwork or painting a giant purple mural.

Registration details and resources

Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form

purple day colouring sheet 

Helping My Buddy and Did You Know – posters for classrooms

Action Zone Game

Slime the teacher and how to make Gloop

Purple day Hero certificate 

Support Epilepsy NZ with an event

A walk, a run, entering an event, holding a movie night, a gym workout or even donating a percentage from the sales of services or products, we can help with resources to make your event all about Purple Day.

Registration details and resources

Social Media Sharing- please contact national@epilepsy.org.nz to request adding your event to our social media channels

Purple Day Fundraising Registration Form

Purple day Hero certificate 

Create your own fundraiser

If you have an idea for a fundraiser that’s not mentioned above and would like help with resources and planning, please reach out to


Thank you for choosing to support us.


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