Airplane Pull Gives Wings to a Cause

Epilepsy took centre stage on March 23 as teams participated in a plane pull to raise awareness and funds.

A team from Classic LifeCare joined the second annual Purple Day Plane Pull event organized by the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre Society (VEPC).

The Purple Day for Epilepsy is a fun team competition held each year in March at the Viscount Aero Centre, near Victoria to raise funds for VEPC. Teams of five compete against each other by pulling an aircraft 10 feet. The team with the fastest pull time and the most funds raised wins the competition.

Classic LifeCare's team - the “Classic Pullers” - participated for the first time.

“What a great way to raise awareness for epilepsy", says Andrea Hoerger, Community Relations for Classic LifeCare Victoria. "Catriona Johnson and Barb Gilmore from VEPC did an excellent job organizing this event.”  

The plane represents the weight a person with epilepsy has to carry around every day. This year’s event brought together 14 teams.

The Purple Day Plane Pull was a memorable event for all participants. Living in the Moments that Matter - after all, it's not every day you get the chance to pull a plane!

About VEPC

The Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre Society is a vibrant and welcoming non-profit society whose purpose is to strengthen clients’, families’ and communities’ ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, occurring in about 300,000 Canadians, or more than one percent of the population. Each year, one person in 2,000 is diagnosed with epilepsy. In greater Victoria, approximately 3500 people have epilepsy

Parkinson’s and epilepsy are unrelated conditions. Sharing administrative resources allows us to provide more cost-effective service to residents of Victoria, surrounding municipalities, the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands. More information about VEPC can be found on their website.