50 Million Steps for Epilepsy

International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 130 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to acknowledge and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

This is a day for everyone, no matter where you are, no matter how small your group or large your area, no matter whether you focus on the medical or the social aspects of the condition or are a community member who wants to know more about or support people with epilepsy. 

We want you to help us celebrate International Epilepsy Day!

Let’s speak with one global voice by participating in the “50 million steps for epilepsy” campaign.

Starting on Monday, January 4th and ending on International Epilepsy Day 2021 – Monday February 8th, we’re walking to raise awareness, to improve visibility and increase understanding of epilepsy.

Will you walk with us and add your steps to our grand total?

How to count your steps

People with a Fitbit or step tacker can easily track their daily steps. Anyone who has a smart-phone can also use this to track their steps. If you do not have a tracker or smartphone, participants can estimate their steps. On average, there are 1,350 steps in 1 kilometre. If you walk a distance of just over 3.8 kilometres, the average person will have achieved 5,000 steps.

Share your completed steps and watch the total step count at www.50MillionSteps.org. 

Local events in Parys

  1. Count your steps

Epilepsy SA in Parys was planning an Epilepsy walk to create awareness but due to the lockdown this could not take place we are inviting everyone in Parys to count their steps and to come to Epilepsy SA, 52 Boom Street on Friday 5th February 2021 between 15:00 and 18:00 and Saturday 6th February between 07:00 and 10:00 to make a R25.00 donation, log their steps, and the receive a badge for participating in this campaign.

COVID-19 has really hampered our fundraising so your participation will be greatly appreciated

This will also be a great opportunity to enter the competition below.

  • Colour and make you Flame paper doll

Flame is the South African mascot for Epilepsy SA. As part of the International #50millionsteps campaign we are inviting people to enter our “Flame, the stepping mascot competition” for prizes.

All you must do is download the Flame paper doll colouring page here, colour and make it up and send us a photo to mascot@epilepsysa.org  with your name and age. A great activity whilst children are still at home.

You can also come, adults and children on the 5th and 6th February 2021 at the above times and colour and make your Flame paper doll here at Epilepsy SA in Parys. Photos will then be loaded on our social media sites for votes.

Bianca Pelser with her ‘Flame Paper Doll’

International Competition time!

The International Bureau for Epilepsy is running a fun competition for those taking part in the #50MilionSteps Challenge.

Prizes of $250 (Approx. R3,820) will be awarded for….

  • Silliest steps

It might be a one-legged hop or walking on stilts. It might be a walk in a silly costume. But we want to see it!

  • Cutest pet steps

Who doesn’t love a cute pet video? Whether you have a cat, a parrot or a pony, if your pet is taking steps to raise epilepsy awareness then we’d love to see it!

  • Best baby steps

Everyone can take part in the 50 Million Steps challenge, whether big or small. Your little one might not be too steady on their feet but every step counts! We would love to see your videos.

  • Best dance steps

You don’t have to be a prima ballerina to impress us with your dance steps! Share your moves and you could win $250!

Just share your video clip on social media with the hashtag ‘#50MillionSteps’ between Monday, January 4 and Monday February 8 for a chance to win.

It would be awesome if someone from Parys won!

For further enquires contact Bianca on 056 811 5959, or email 50million@epilepsysa.org

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