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This is Campi, the International Epilepsy Day mascot. Campi is a cute little seahorse who happens to have epilepsy. He is very gentle and kind and sometimes he is a little shy. Everyone is his friend.
Our video shows Campi at school with his friends Cala and Tuno and their teacher Mr W Hale. Cala loves ‘girlie’ things and having all those arms (tentacles) means that she has lots of room for wearing sparkling bracelets! Tuno is a bit of a tomboy – or maybe that should be tom-tuna! But he’s a bit of a softie behind all the bravado.
The video is a first introduction to epilepsy and we plan to develop it into a series of educational stories, specially suited to young children. Together with the video, we are creating a teachers’ pack to help educators to use the tool in the classroom. First up is a page to colour in but, very soon, we will have other materials available.
So, you might ask, why did we choose a seahorse? We wanted to have a character that had a connection to epilepsy in some way and Campi just happened to fit the bill. The seahorse is genus Hippocampus and its shape resembles a part of the brain that has the same name and is important in producing seizures and epilepsy.
It’s also an animal that people find fascinating, graceful and beautiful.
We hope that you will enjoy meeting Campi and his friends.