Koombana Bay Footbridge part of 2020 Purple Lights 4 Epilepsy campaign

Community spirit: Epilepsy WA chief executive officer Emma Buitendag is counting down to the 2020 Purple Lights 4 Epilepsy campaign. Photo: Supplied.

Community spirit: Epilepsy WA chief executive officer Emma Buitendag is counting down to the 2020 Purple Lights 4 Epilepsy campaign. Photo: Supplied.

Bunbury is one of several towns/cities across Western Australia working to raise awareness of epilepsy in 2020.

As part of the Purple Lights 4 Epilepsy initiative, several landmarks - including Bunbury's Koombana Bay Footbridge, Albany's Town Square, the Mandurah Foreshore Bridge, the Bell Tower, Optus Stadium, Council House, and Trafalgar Bridge - will light up in purple on March 26.

The campaign provides support to the 26,000 WA residents currently living with the disorder.

Epilepsy WA chief executive officer Emma Buitendag gave thanks to the metropolitan and regional areas involved in this year's initiative.

"We'd like to thank the City of Bunbury and the people of Bunbury for agreeing to illuminate the footbridge," she said.

"We work tirelessly to raise awareness and reduce stigma. We also work tirelessly in support of the WA community."

This week's event corresponds with Purple Day, a grass-roots campaign set up to increase epilepsy awareness around the world.

"March 26 is our most crucial day of the year...the campaign helps us to shine a light on epilepsy and bring it out of the shadows," Ms Buitendag said.

"We are urging people to start a conversation about epilepsy, and to go and see the lights."

According to Epilepsy WA, 1400 new patients are diagnosed each year.

Bunbury's Epilepsy WA Support Group meets once per month at St John of God Hospital.

Visit epilepsywa.asn.au or call 1300 852 853 for more information.