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epilepsy.ca

It seems like every day owns some cause or another, and today happens to be Purple Day. It's all about epilepsy. Technically, all of March is epilepsy awareness month, and according Epilepsy Canada, "Over 300,000 Canadians battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition."

Purple Day is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. Beginning in 2008, people are encouraged to wear a purple-coloured item of clothing on March 26. Purple and lavender are often associated with epilepsy…

Being someone affected by the condition, I am proud to add myself to the notable ranks of Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Vladimir Lenin, Muhammad and Danny Glover, amongst others. However, it still sucks big time, and carries both personal and social repercussions. Also from Epilepsy Canada:

Would you be surprised to that there are twice as many Canadians living with epilepsy as with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis– combined?  Due to the stigma that surrounds epilepsy, many with the disorder have been reluctant to speak out about it. As a result it has been dubbed "The Silent Disorder".  March is Epilepsy Month, a good time to break the silence.

I understand that people tend to focus their attention on Cancer, Heart & Stroke or Diabetes, but I wouldn't mind seeing a little love go towards supporting Epilepsy research as well, so please consider donating.

purple-day

 

Movember Moustache Mitten contest wrap-up

Now that Movember has passed, I want to give big thanks to everyone who helped with my fundraising efforts! Personally, I raised $625 dollars! Cumulatively the LCSA team raised $2909 big ones. And we were treated to a complimentary hot shave by Tommy Guns (gentlemen, seriously treat yourselves to this).

So may I present Peter Joosten, owner of Euro Physical Therapy, as the winner of my Movember Moustache Mitten contest, sponsored by Edit : Stylish & Sustainable Accessories:

Also, @TRajcic27 won the pair of tickets for my Gala Parté contest. Congrats to you both!

 

CONTEST! Win tickets to the Movember Gala Parté in Calgary.

That's right, another contest. This time I'm giving away 2 tickets to the Movember Gala Parté!

The wrap-up party will feature live shows, prizes and general moustache mania. It's being held on November 30, 8PM at Cowboys in Calgary, so tell your fellow Calgarians about this too.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, or send a shot out on Facebook or Twitter, and you're entered to win. I will email the winner e-tickets on the 29th.

And if you haven't checked out my Movember Moustache Mitten contest, check it out here. Together, we've raised $1200!

UPDATE: @TRajcic27 won the tickets. Enjoy the party!

Movember Moustache Mitten contest update #2. Only 5 days left!

Not including my collection box, I've so far raised $395 for Movember Canada! Thank you to all who have donated; you're helping support prostate cancer research and mens mental health.

For those just finding out, I'm also holding a Movember Moustache Mitten contest. Details of the contest are here.

If you haven't donated yet and would like to win a sweet pair of EDIT Moustache Mittens, not to mention helping out a good cause, head on over my Mospace! I'm part of the Lethbridge College Students Association team, and collectively we have raised over $1010.

Movember Moustache Mitten contest update.

Folks, we have 10 entrants in the contest, who together have raised $360 so far. A big thanks to those who donated!

I haven't received this much support since I dressed as a lady of the night, for Hallowe'en of course, getting big time pennies in my Unicef box. It was a little trying, but worth it.

Anyway, details of the contest are here.

If you haven't donated yet and would like to win a sweet pair of EDIT Moustache Mittens, not to mention helping out a good cause, head on over my Mospace! I'm part of the Lethbridge College Students Association team, and collectively we have raised $875 so far.

CONTEST! Donate to Movember and be entered to win a pair of EDIT moustache mittens!

My good friend Joanne has offerred up a pair of her famous EDIT mittens, as a prize for anyone* who donates to the Movember cause from my Mospace. Take a look at these beauts:

Why? Because my grandfather suffers from prostate cancer, and 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with it each year. I feel that awareness for this type of cancer goes often unrecognized in the media and community, and want to bring it to the forefront of people's minds. 

The way it works is easy. Go to my Mospace and click "donate to me" under my gaudy profile picture.

*The mittens retail at $45, so to qualify anyone who donates at least $20 will be entered to win. For every $5 above that amount, you will receive an additional entry. So basically, a donation  of $30 will get you 3 entries.

On my profile page, it lists the names of those who have donated to me. This is how it will officially be tracked, so anonymous donations won't work here.

So please, help raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

And keep your hands warm this winter 🙂

Enter the Movemeber moustache mitten contest now!

Contest winner will be decided December 1st.

Discount massages; minimal risk of paralysis.

Recently, my masseuse left this city and took her golden hands along with her. My body delights in rubs and kneads, and I find myself missing her touch upon my body.

Luckily, Lethbridge College’s Massage Therapy students need some hands-on experience, so they are running massage clinics three days a week this semester, from 5:30-8PM Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30AM-noon and 1-3:30PM on Saturdays. Twenty dollars gets you an hour, while $10 for 30-min.

What they lack in experience they make up for in fervour, so treat yourself and go for a massage! Call Joanna at 403-320-3211 to set up an appointment.

Save yourselves! H1N1 clinics begin today

Let me first say this – my headache are result of a hangover, not the flu. But considering I know someone (besides my World of Warcraft stalker) who has contracted a mild form of the swine flu, and seemeingly everyone else around me is getting sick, an immunization is probably in order.

With that said, the H1N1 and seasonal flu clinics begin today. All the clinics are drop-in and being held in the West Pavilion at Exhibition Park. The pregnant or infirm are urged to get immunized. If you are not pregnant, you can still get poked.

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming clinics:

  • Oct. 27, 2009 – 12:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Oct. 28, 2009 – 12:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Nov. 03, 2009 – 12:00PM to 7:00PM
  • Nov. 04, 2009 – 12:00PM to 7:00PM
  • Nov. 05, 2009 – 12:00PM to 7:00PM
  • Nov. 06, 2009 – 12:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Nov. 12, 2009 – 12:00PM to 6:00PM

(You might want to double-check that schedule before attending.)

Alberta Health Services

Eat to your heart’s content

No Diet DayThat’s right, it’s International No Diet Day, where finally you have an excuse to gorge yourself. Today, we can all take a break from dieting (like I need to!), and exercise (lol) acceptance for all fatsos, despite their front asses and back boobs.

International No Diet Day aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of improper dieting, weight loss and weight obsession. INDD is an annual celebration of body acceptance and body shape diversity. This day is also dedicated to raise awareness of the dangers in diets. There are several goals to the INDD:

  • Doubt the idea of one “right” body shape.
  • Raise awareness to weight discrimination, size bias and fatphobia.
  • Declare a free day from diets and obsessions to body weight.
  • etc.

I guess I forgot about the twigs out there. Let’s go to Red Dog for some poutine and hot dogs. We can go back to eating healthy tomorrow.

International No Diet Day

Be careful on the job!

Held annually on April 28, the National Day of Mourning commemorates workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace. Events are being held across Canada under the theme “Review. Revitalize. Refresh.”

In 2007, 1,055 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – up from 976 the previous year. This represents almost 3 (2.89) deaths every single day. Another 972,407 were injured or become ill.

Thankfully, I work in a relatively safe job, sitting all day behind a computer. That is, unless a chair explodes up my ass. But since I don’t know the true risk of on-the-job accidents, this video will suffice:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAnAaFgjiiA

If that didn’t scare you, you might also want to take a look at Prevent-It.ca’s workplace safety commercials.

National Day of Mourning