Monday night was a special night at the Rotary Club of Attadale. Those present were very fortunate to listen to the Guest Speaker Torie Robinson.
Torie is from the UK, a leading international public speaker, writer, influencer, entrepreneur, world traveller and lecturer. Torie has spoken in the UK Parliament and featured in multiple publications. She has had to overcome personal, professional and public adversities throughout her journey living with epilepsy. Torie shares her personal experiences with others, to raise awareness and reduce stigma and she does so with eloquence and great dignity.
Her topic on Monday night covered Awareness, Diversity and Inclusivity in regard to epilepsy. Torie's journey has been something that no one should really go through, but is happening to people of all ages and how little we all know about it. If we see someone collapse, do we assume it is alcohol or drug related or do we offer assistance. It is a huge decision. Torie is hoping to put together a program with Epilepsy WA to make people more aware of this serious mental condition, that can be managed to a degree with the correct medications, and in Torie's case, having a part of her brain removed. This has helped reduce dramatically the seizures she has endured most of her life. How little we all really know about it.
The Club was also privileged to have Emma Buitendag, CEO of Epilepsy WA attend the meeting, plus three visitors who have personal involvement with epilepsy.
The Club will hopefully find ways to assist Epilepsy WA in some small ways in the future. Pictured are Acting Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway, Emma Buitendag, Torie Robinson and Chairman for the evening Neil McKay.