Strongman competition in Abbotsford brings awareness to epilepsy

Event takes place Sunday, March 26 in recognition of Purple Day

A strongman competition takes place Sunday in Abbotsford in recognition of Purple Day

A strongman competition takes place Sunday in Abbotsford in recognition of Purple Day

The Abbotsford-based Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education hosts a Strongman Competition on Sunday, March 26 in recognition of Purple Day.

The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre to show that “strong men stand up for epilepsy.”

The family-friendly event includes competitive semi-truck pulling, the atlas ball walk and other strongman obstacles.

Also featured are games, refreshments, face painting, photo ops with Abbotsford Police officers, and other activities.

Competitors are from the Strongman organization in Vancouver.

“This is going to be a fun-filled day and a wonderful way to show our support for the many people in our community and province who live with epilepsy,” said event organizer Andrea Critchley.

Purple Day started in Nova Scotia in 2008 by 10-year-old Cassidy Megan, who has epilepsy and wanted other children to know it’s OK to have epilepsy and talk about it.

She chose purple because it is one of the colours that represents epilepsy.

Purple Day is observed around the world to raise awareness about epilepsy. Visit esebc.ca for more information.