Dylan (from left), Curtis and Charlotte Barber with some of their colourful creations they will be selling today. They will send the money they raise to Epilepsy Queensland.
Dylan (from left), Curtis and Charlotte Barber with some of their colourful creations they will be selling today. They will send the money they raise to Epilepsy Queensland. Bev Lacey

Trio 'beads up' for fundraiser

THERE is a mutual understanding between Dylan, Curtis and Charlotte Barber who have all suffered with epilepsy since they were young.

This is why Purple Day for Epilepsy, which is celebrated nationally today, is particularly close to their hearts.

The two brothers and sister decided they wanted to do something to contribute this year.

The past few months they have been busily making their own beaded creations to sell at a stall at their school, Sacred Heart Primary School.

They will send the money they raise to Epilepsy Queensland.

Mum Anita Hart-Barber said doctors still didn't know why all three began having seizures from an early age.

"They used to have a lot of grand mal seizures but now they only have absent ones," she said.

Absent seizures can go unnoticed until after-effects present, which can include being lethargic, disorientation and slurring of words.

"You just have to watch them carefully," Mrs Hart-Barber said.

"They're usually synced, so if one fits, the others do too."

The children also have Autism and ADHD.

"It's great that they've been able to focus on doing this," Mrs Hart-Barber said.

"There's usually a lot of negative in their lives so this is something positive for them."

The family is hoping to draw more attention to the condition, which currently affects up to two percent of the Australian population.



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