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Calendar of Community Events

The Community Calendar lists nationally significant events focussed around a major community or advocacy/awareness issue and other key dates relevant to the community sector.

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Anniversaries & Celebration Days

January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
May 2015

Australian School Term Dates

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia


Australian Public Holidays

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia

 

January 2014

1-7 January

Gantan Sai

On this New Year's Day, the followers of the Shinto religion visit shrines to pray for the renewal of their heart, prosperity and health in the year to come. The Japanese celebrate the 7 day holiday by making visits to their friends and family to express their good wishes for the year to come. They also wear their finest clothes on this day.
International
17-26 January

Aboriginal Cultural Showcase

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Australia's largest gathering of Indigenous country musicians are gearing up to take Tamworth by storm at the fifth Annual Cultural Showcase.

Held as part of the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Annual Cultural Showcase brings together some of the best and brightest Indigenous musicians this side of the Black Stump.

NSW
20 January

World Day of Social Justice

United Nations
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
International
26 January

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is the largest regional Aboriginal Cultural event on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia. It is a nomadic event that moves to a different location in the region each Australia Day (26 January).
NSW
26 January

MS Colour Dash

MS Australia
Australia Day 5km dash helps to raise $500,000 for people living with multiple sclerosis.
National
26 January

Big Red BBQ

Kidney Health Australia
Big Red BBQ is a fun campaign bringing individuals, work places and organisations together to host a barbeque with your family, friends and colleagues in support of Kidney Health Australia.
National
03 9674 4300
27 January

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

United Nations
Acknowledged on the day that the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated in 1945, this day remembers all those who suffered and lost their lives during the holocaust.
International

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February 2014

1-28 February

International CHD Awareness Month

Heart Kids
Heart Kids aims to raise awareness for all aspects of children's heart disease. They support children with heart diseases, as well as their families, including those who have lost young children. Heart Kids works towards reducing both the incidence and the mortality rates of childhood heart disease (CHD). During the month there is a particular emphasis on February 14th.
International
2 February

World Wetlands Day

Ramsar
World Wetlands Day marks the signing of the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty that calls for the member countries to maintain the ecological use of their wetlands. It is a day to remember the importance and fragility of our native wetlands.Since the UN has declared 2013 the International year of Water Cooperation, the Ramsar Standing Committee has decided that World Wetlands Day 2013 should be focused on the theme Wetlands and Water Management, with a specific focus on working with the water sector.
International
3 February

Setsubun Sai

Setsuban Sai is a Shinto New Year celebration based on Japan's old lunar calendar. It is celebrated as a good luck festival and a celebration of the traditional beginning of Spring..
International
3 February - 17 April

World Environment Day Awards

United Nations Association of Australia
Nominations for the UNAA World Environment Day Awards open Monday 3 February and close Thursday 17 April. Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders through its World Environment Day Awards.
6 February

"Gone are the Dogs" Rally

Please help us speak up for greyhounds and the exploitation of animals at the "Gone Are The Dogs" rally: Thursday 6 February, from 8-10am, Martin Place, Sydney.

90 % of the greyhounds born in NSW over the last 10 years are GONE. GONE = Killed due to injury, "retired", destroyed for being slow, dumped at pounds and vets, killed for not chasing, exported to China, used as blood donors, shot, dissected by vet students, experimented on, drowned, bashed over the head, disposal of puppies not cut out for racing.
NSW
6 February

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

United Nations
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. The World Health Organisation is committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation within a generation and is focusing on advocacy, research and guidance for health professionals and health systems.
International
7 February - 2 March

Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is the non-for-profit member-based organisation that organises the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and Festival as well as number of other events throughout the year.
+612 9383 0900
9-15 February

Duchenne Awareness Week

Duchenne Foundation
Every year the week surrounding Valentine's Day is Duchenne Awareness Week. Each year around the world, nearly 20,000 children, mostly boys, are born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. These children rarely live longer than their parents.
International
10-16 February

Sexual Health Awareness Week

Shine SA
Sexual Health Awareness Week encourages young adults, aged between 18 and 30 years, to broaden their understanding of sexual health and relationships.
SA
(08) 8300 5300
10-16 February

WA Sexual Health Awareness Week

The theme for WA Sexual Health Week always includes Safety, Pleasure and Respect. These three simple words underpin a holistic understanding of sexual health.
10-20 February

RSPCA Scientific Seminars

While pesticides and drugs are extensively tested, food additives are mostly not, and the testing of cosmetics is even banned in some parts of the world. But what are these animal tests worth when a common, relatively safe drug like aspirin fails most of them? Over the last two decades a biotech revolution has taken place. Exciting technical advances underlie the next generation of safety tests. The 2014 public lecture series will challenge our basic assumptions of toxicity testing and explore how we can promote the uptake of non-animal methods.
National
13 February

UN Sustainability Leadership Seminar

United Nations Association of Australia
The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) is holding a seminar on Natural Capital and Supply Chain Sustainability: Measuring and Managing Environmental Impacts and Risks on Thursday 13 February in Melbourne in partnership with National Australia Bank.
13 February

World Radio Day

United Nations
13 February is a date proclaimed by UNESCO to celebrate radio broadcast, improve international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encourage decision-makers to create and provide access to information through radio, including community radios. It's an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices.
International
14 February

National Condom Day

Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
National Condom Day is celebrated on Valentines Day, and raises awareness of sexual health and family planning.
National
14 February

International CHD Awareness Day

Heart Kids
HeartKids aims to raise awareness for all aspects of children's heart disease. They support children with heart diseases, as well as their families, including those who have lost young children. Heart Kids works towards reducing both the incidence and the mortality rates of childhood heart disease.
International
14 February

Sweetheart Day

HeartKids
HeartKids Australia is launching Sweetheart Day on 14 February to raise awareness of childhood heart disease and encourage donations to continue our work in providing support, advocacy, growing awareness and enabling further research into children's heart disorders.
National
14 February

V-DAY

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
International
www.vday.org/
14 February

1 BILLION RISING

V-DAY
ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

International
14 February

Heart Research Day

Heart Research Australia
Heart Research Month raises awareness about the devastating impact of heart disease and the need for ongoing research. Heart Research Australia's focus is to obtain funding for pioneering, first-stage research to find breakthroughs for treating heart disease. Heart disease is the largest killer of Australians, and affects 2 out of 3 families.
National
14 February 2014 - 30 April 2015
Today

The beyondblue National Roadshow

beyondblue
From February 2014 to May 2015, the beyondblue National Roadshow will travel over 22,000 kilometres in a big blue bus through every state and territory in Australia, visiting hundreds of communities across the 61 Medicare Local regions. Along the way, more than 200 events will be held to encourage all Australians to 'Take 1 step' for better mental health.
National
17 February - 2 March

The Story Bridge lights - for Summer's Day (28 February)

Kidsafe Queensland Inc
The Story Bridge lights up in rainbow colours for Summer's Day (28 February). To remember those suffering from an accident. Kidsafe Qld supports families who are affected by disability, distress, or death caused by accidents. Host a Teddy Bear's picnic to raise funds
QLD
18 February

International Asperger's Day

International Asperger's Day aims to highlight the significance of Asperger syndrome for both society and individuals, also illustrates one of the many challenges to the newcomer trying to understand the autism spectrum.
20 February

World Day of Social Justice

United Nations
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
International
20 February

World Harmony Day

After the devastation of the September 11 World Trade Center incident in New York, America that shook the world and left it in fear and terror grappling helplessly for some semblance of security and safety, we were compelled to act by our conscious to claim back our One World and thus on 20 Feburary (02) 2002 WHD was born. World Harmony Day is a unique day to celebrate all humanity. Our objective on 20th Feb WHD is to remind people from all over the world not to take peace and harmony for granted. If peace and harmony are what we wanted we need to inculcate future generation to share this One World and to value human lives. As Mr Kofi Annan said, "To save one live is to save humanity."
International
21 February

International Mother Language Day

United Nations
International Mother Language Day is a day of multilingualism and multiculturalism. It is a chance to promote the preservation and protection of all languages.
International
22 February

World Thinking Day

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.
International
22-23 February

White Night Melbourne

Come and experience the best Melbourne has to offer as the city is transformed into an all-night wonderland for everyone to explore. From dusk til dawn discover over 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light. White Night Melbourne is part of an internationally renowned phenomenon that began in Paris.
VIC
Melbourne CBD,
Flinders Street,
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
22 February - 6 April

Jump to Cure Diabetes

The Jump to Cure Diabetes is the ultimate challenge - and a great way to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research. A tandem skydive is the easiest way to experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane, while you make a big difference to JDRF and medical research.
23 February - 2 March

Donate Life Week

Donate Life
DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government's National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates. During DonateLife Week, the organ and tissue sector will be holding a range of events to encourage Australians to set time aside during the week to talk about organ and tissue donation. During DonateLife Week we will be encouraging Australians to "Ask and know your loved ones' wishes". This is because in Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of their loved one before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed.
National
25 February

Business Clean Up Day

Clean Up Australia
Business Clean Up Day is designed for Australian businesses as a great opportunity to help improve the quality of the environment and work towards reducing waste - as well as being a great team building exercise.
National
1800 282 329
02 9251 6249
PO Box R725
ROYAL EXCHANGE NSW 1225
28 February

Schools Clean Up Day

Clean Up Australia
Since 1992, school communities across Australia have demonstrated their support for caring for the environment through participating in Schools Clean Up Day. In 2012, over 2,600 schools registered nationwide cleaning up the streets, school grounds, parks and waterways.
National
28 February

Rare Diseases Day

The genetic Support Network of Victoria
Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event co-ordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.

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March 2014

1-9 March

Seaweek

Marine Education Society of Australiasia
Seaweek 2014: Sustainable Seas! Are there really plenty more fish in the Sea? Schools and orgnanisations around the country are organising activities and classroom resources based around these themes.
National
1-31 March

Australian Women's History Month

Women's History Month (WHM) is held annually in many parts of the world to acknowledge and document the role women play in making and shaping history.
National
1-31 March

Bandaged Bear Appeal

The Royal Children's Hospital Westmead
The Bandaged Bear Appeal is The Children's Hospital at Westmead's largest annual fundraising appeal. Treating 100,000 patients every year, The Children's Hospital at Westmead relies on community generosity to raise essential funds for purchasing the most technologically advanced medical equipment, conducting vital research and maintaining the total healing environment that the Hospital is renowned for.
02 9845 3367
1-31 March

Polite Pets Month

Animal Aid
March is Polite Pets Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about behavioural issues in pets. This year's focus is on anxiety disorders and phobias and the negative impact they can have not only on the life of the pet, but the owners too.
National
1-31 March

March into Yellow

Endometriosis Australia
Join the March into Yellow challenge to help raise the profile & awareness of endometriosis - a disease affecting one in 10 Australian women. During March, for a day, a week or the whole month, take the challenge to WEAR yellow to show your support and care for the women that live with this insidious disease every month of every year. You can use the yellow challenge as a way to raise funds to help Endometriosis Australia develop and run education/awareness programs, as well as fund much needs research.
1 March - 30 April

The Big Splash

Life's Little Treasures Foundation
Between the 1st of March and 30th of April 2014 we encourage children to seek sponsorship to splash for five minutes in support of families of premature and sick babies. This is the perfect reason to let the kids splash about. A Big Splash event can happen anywhere: in your paddling pool, in the bath, at the beach, at your local pool or even a puddle
National
2 March

YMCA Swimathon 2014

YMCA NSW
The YMCA Swimathon will be held on 2 March 2014 in pools across Australia, from 10 am to 11 am. Participants fundraise for swimming programs in their local community, allowing more people with a disability the chance to learn to swim. Participants set themselves a challenge on how far they can swim and how much they think they can raise. The YMCA Swimathon is Australia's biggest swim
  • In 2012, over 1,200 people participated and raised $110,000 to prevent drowning in their local communities
  • In 2013, event participation doubled with 2,500 heroes who dove in at over 50 locations across the nation and raised more than $210,000
  • In 2014, we want to raise even more.
2 March

Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia
Clean Up Australia Day encourages all Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland or streets and help collect rubbish. Individuals and local groups can either organise a Clean Up Site or volunteer to join an existing Site.
National
3 March

World Wildlife Day

United Nations
On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.
International
3-9 March

Hello Parks Week

Parks Week: Hello Parks is an annual celebration of the important role that our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. A range of formal and informal events take place across Australia and New Zealand during parks week - there is something for everyone.
National
7-9 March

Melbourne Ukulele Festival

The Melbourne Ukulele Festival brings together many of the world's best ukulele acts. It is a strongly community-focussed, non-profit festival; dedicated to sharing the joy of the ukulele with both die-hard uke nuts and music fans in general. The festival will have something for everyone - young or old, solo or ensemble, artist or fan.
VIC
Northcote Town Hall
8 March

International Women's Day

United Nations
International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through, and the accomplishments they have made despite barriers.
International
9-15 March

World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week raises awareness of the worldwide leading cause of irreversible blindness. The week also aims to raise funds to continue research in glaucoma.
International
9-16 March

Multiple Birth Awareness Week

Australian multiple Birth Association
Multiple Birth Awareness Week is a celebration of families raising twins, triplets, and more. The day also aims to raise awareness of the challenges that go hand-in-hand with raising these children.
National
PO Box 105
COOGEE NSW 2034
10 March

Canberra Day

Canberra day is an annual public holiday in the ACT which celebrates Canberra's official founding in 1913.
ACT
10 March

Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, broadcast throughout the world.
International
10-16 March

World Salt Awareness Week

World Action on Salt and Health (WASH)
Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health and are looking to cut down. However, whilst you can take control of your salt intake when preparing food at home by reading the labels and not adding salt, when eating out out of the home it can be difficult to know where to start.
International
10-16 March

Be Cruelty Free Week

Humane Society International
Be Cruelty-Free Week aims to raise awareness of the leading global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Join Humane Society International and their partners around the world as we fight to end cosmetics animal cruelty-forever. A great victory for animals was acheived by convincing Europe to become the world's largest cruelty-free cosmetics market. But in 8 out of 10 countries it's still legal to test beauty products and their ingredients on animals. Join HSI and help us convince the whole world to Be Cruelty-Free!
International
13 March

World Kidney Day

Diabetes and high blood pressure are both key risk factors for chronic kidney disease. World kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health, and aims to reduce the impact of kidney disease worldwide.
International
13-16 March

World's Greatest Shave

Leukaemia Foundation
Every hour somebody in Australia is diagnosed with lymphoma, myeloma or leukaemia. Every second hour, somebody dies from one of these diseases. The World's greatest shave has raised in excess of $120 million since 1998, and uses the raised funds to support patients and families living with these blood disorders. Funds are also used to support blood cancer research to help find better treatments and cures.
15-23 March

Cultural Diversity Week

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Cultural Diversity Week is held annually in March. The Week provides an opportunity for all Victorians to celebrate our cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, with a variety of events and activities taking place across the State.
VIC
16 March

Magha Puja Day

Magha Puja Day is a Buddhist celebration of the Fourfold Assembly. It is celebrated on the full moon day of March.
International
16 March

Ride for the Animals

Animal Aid
On March 16 (8.30am - 3.30pm) Animal Aid is embarking on a new, exciting fundraising activity that will support all three of their shelters. Ride for the Animals is a charity bike ride commencing at Animal Aid's Gippsland shelter and cycling 90km to beautiful Bairnsdale. This is a recreational ride that offers the opportunity for cycling enthusiasts and animal lovers to be part of this inaugural event and raise much needed funds for Animal Aid's three shelters.
VIC
03 8756 1335
111 Hopkins Road
FULHAM VIC
17-23 March

A Taste of Harmony

Scanlon Foundation
A Taste of Harmony celebrates diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds.
National
19 March

Ride2School Day

Bicycle Victoria
Ride2School day encourages children to become more active and healthy in and out of school. Children participate by walking, riding or scooting to school.
National
(03) 8376 8888
(03) 8376 8800
PO Box 24013
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
20 March

International Day of Happiness

United Nations
Do something, big or small, to take part on 20 March and bring happiness to others.
International
20 March

Close The Gap Day

Oxfam
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are still dying 10 to 17 years younger than other Australians. For that reason, more than 40 national organisations came together in 2006 to form Close the Gap - Australia's largest ever campaign to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
National
1800 088 110
132 Leicester Street
CARLTON VIC 3053
21 March

World Poetry Day

United Nations
The United Nations describes poetry as another facet of the dialogue among cultures. World Poetry Day is a celebration of the contribution made to society by poetry.
International
21 March

World Down Syndrome Day

United Nations
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health. Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.
International
21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

United Nations
Celebrated on the anniversary of the 1960 shooting of 69 anti-apartheid protestors, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a reminder to continue breaking down all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
International
21 March

Harmony Day

Australian Government
Harmony Day 21 March is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.
National
21 March

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Bullying. No Way!
The theme of the day encourages parents and families to take a stand together with school communities and recognise the important role that everyone plays to stop bullying.
National
21 March

International Day of Forests

United Nations
Despite all of the priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, we are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
National
21 March

Naw Ruz (New Year) - Baha'i

Naw-Ruz (`New Day') is the Bahá'í and Iranian new year. It occurs on the date of the vernal equinox, and symbolises the new life of spring.
International
21-27 March

Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination

United Nations
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24). On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
International
22 March

World Water Day

United Nations
World Water Day is held to focus attention on the need for fresh water, and the importance of the sustainable management of fresh water resources.
International
23 March

World Meteorological Day

United Nations
World Meteorological Day is a commemoration of the day the World Meteorological Organisation was formed in 1950.
International
24 March

World Tuberculosis Day

United Nations
World Tuberculosis Day is designed to build public awareness about the disease which causes the deaths of several million people every year, mostly in developing countries. The day also aims to raise funds to help eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem.
International
24 March

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

United Nations
The purpose of the Day is to honour the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.
International
24-28 March

National Playgroup Week

Playgroup Australia
Playgroup Australia organises the annual National Playgroup Week to raise awareness of the importance of play for young children.
National
02 6103 0173
24-28 March

National Wound Awareness Week

Australian Wound Management Association
Around 300,000 Australians, mostly elderly and on pensions, suffer lower leg ulcers requiring regular care. These wounds are not for life - they should heal within 12 weeks when managed with compression bandaging. However, government subsidies are seldom available for this best-practice care. This means many people are out of pocket, or miss out on treatment they cannot afford. The Australian Wound Management Association is working with its 3,000 nurses, doctors and allied health members to bring about equity of care and improve quality of life.
24-30 March

Meat Free Week

Ethical Eats Ltd
Every march, meat free week encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals. At the same time, you'll also raise money for some very worthwhile charities.
National
25 March

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

United Nations
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by armed gunman in 1985. His body was finally found in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in 2009.
International
25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

United Nations
Known as Slavery Remembrance day, this is a day to remember the consequences and lessons learned from the transatlantic slave trade.
International
26 March

Purple Day

Epilepsy Australia
Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.
International
28 March

Boardies Day

Surf Life Saving Foundation
We've hung our boardies out to dry for another year and are busy making plans for Boardies Day 2013. It doesn't matter what state you live in, Boardies Day is returning to one national day. Make sure you have Boardies Day in your calendar for Friday 22 February 2013. Celebrate summer and ditch your usual work or school attire for your favourite board shorts and help raise vital funds for Surf Life Saving. It's open to all ages and a great way for you to support your local volunteer surf lifesavers.
National
29 March

Earth Hour 8.30pm

WWF
Earth Hour is an international sustainability movement, where individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all lights for an hour. Earth Hour aims to increase awareness of the impact we have on our world through the use of fossil fuels and electricity.
International
29-30 March

The Big Ride 4 Parkinson's

Parkinson's NSW
On Saturday 29th March, hundreds of bikers set out from Sydney Olympic Park, along Olympic Boulevard for the 360 km Big Ride to Parkes. Ending at the iconic Big Dish, made famous in the movie "The Dish".
NSW
30 March

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo's annual Teddy Bears Picnic aims to raise public awareness of threatened species like Sun Bears, who are severely affected by habitat destruction, poaching and the restaurant trade in South-East Asia. Children aged 4 to 15 can enter Perth Zoo for just $2! Teddy bears and children under four enter free. Bring your favourite teddy, family and friends for a picnic and day of fun activities and stage shows. There will be face painting, airbrush tattoos, Jungle Sports, storytelling, childrens band Cubbihouse featuring Wanda the Wombat and more!
WA
PO Box 489
SOUTH PERTH WA 6151
30 March

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride aims to increase awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. It is also a peaceful protest against the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy.
International
30 March

Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community held on the last Sunday in March every year. Its aim is to encourage closer, friendlier relationships between neighbours and to strengthen communities.
National
02 8006 0996
PO Box 968
DOUBLE BAY NSW 1360
30 March - 5 April

Meet Us On the Street: Anti-Street Harassment Week

Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it's not okay.
International

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April 2014

1 April

National Smile Day

Humour Foundation
Smile day is The Humour Foundation's annual fundraising campaign. It is the one day of the year we ask the public to get involved in raising funds to help sick children SMILE in hospitals around Australia. Together we can discover the power of a smile!
National
1300 HUMOUR (486 687)
1-6 April

Nature Play Week

Kids in Nature Network
Nature Play Week celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. The week is filled with over 40 Nature Play experiences for kids and their families facilitated by dozens of wonderful local organisations, parents and schools across Victoria, and beyond.
1-30 April

Go Blue for Autism

Autism QLD
Each year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, iconic buildings across Australia and the world turn their lights blue to promote autism awareness. In support of this global initiative, Autism Queensland asks people Go Blue for the month of April to help raise awareness and funds to help us support Queenslanders of all ages living with ASD and their families.
National
07 3273 0000
1-30 April

Supermarket Free Month

Go Supermarket Free this April to support local business, farmers and suppliers. Change your habits and buy local!
National
1-30 April

Adopt a Greyhound Month

Greyhounds are very gentle dogs, but unfortunately the racing industry breeds far too many every year. They are exploited and mistreated by the racing industry which only has use for them while they run profitably. If the greyhound is not profitable it is most likely killed. It is a sad fact that only a fraction of the approximate 22,000 greyhounds bred each year is alive to be re-homed.

Greyhounds need little exercise and generally spend about 18 hours a day sleeping, making them very suitable for people little in apartments.
International
1-30 April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) originated in the USA in the 1980s as a week-long awareness raising event. SAAM is now an internationally recognised campaign held every April.

SAAM aims to raise public awareness, and to educate communities and individuals about the prevention of all forms of sexual violence.
International
2 April

World Autism Awareness Day

United Nations
Autism, a developmental disability, is a lifelong disorder that impairs social interaction, communication and behaviour. World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase understanding of the disability.
International
4 April

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

United Nations
This is a day intended to draw attention to the plight of mine survivors and the gradual reduction in new casualties since the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty entered into force in 1999.
International
4 April

World Stray Animals Day

The Day for Compassion, Care, and Action for Stray Animals Worldwide.

April 4 is the worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals in the world. Dogs and cats should have a home. But stray dogs and stray cats don't. They lead poor and miserable lives on the streets, often illfed, suffering extreme heat, cold, and diseases, even more often being chased around by hostile and violent civilians and authorities. But we, as people who care about animals, can do something.

International
4-13 April

National Youth Week

Joint Australian, State, Territory and Local Government initiative
National Youth Week is an annual, weeklong celebration of young people (12 to 25) throughout Australia. National Youth Week encourages youths to share ideas, attend events, discuss youth issues, showcase their talents and even have a bit of fun.
National
1300 363 079
youthweek.com
6 April

Be alarmed! Change your smoke alarm battery!!

Working smoke alarms provide vital early warning in the event of a fire. When people are asleep, they can't smell smoke. Smoke alarms are essential to wake people if a fire breaks out; they give occupants early warning and time to evacuate safely.
National
6 April

"Put Your Foot Down" Walk Perth 2014

Avner Foundation
The first annual 'Put Your Foot Down' walk in Western Australia will take place on Sunday 6th April in Perth. We are hoping that the generous & supportive people of Perth can get behind this walk. Net profits from the walk will go towards advancing scientific research of Pancreatic Cancer.
SA
7 April

Day of Rememberance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

United Nations
This day commemorates the deaths of 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa.
International
7 April

World Health Day

United Nations
World Health Day is a commemoration of the founding of the World Health Organisation. It functions as an opportunity to focus on health issues that affect the international community.
International
9 April

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD)

National Youth Coalition for Housing
Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness and public discussion about youth homelessness so that we can develop sustainable and innovative solutions for not only supporting the needs of homeless youth, but supporting the dreams of homeless youth. Organisation: National Youth Coalition for Housing (NYCH)
9 April

Wear Green for Premmies

L'il Aussie Prems Foundation
The 'Wear Green for Premmies' campaign is a day where thousands of people wear green to show their support of the 25,000 babies born prematurely in Australia each year. The day raises awareness of premature birth whilst highlighting the trials and hardships that families face after an early arrival.
11 April

World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, while also raising funds to continue research into a possible cure. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. Twenty-five Australians are diagnosed every day, with approximately 80,000 Australians currently living with the condition.
International
12 April

International Day of Human Space Flight

United Nations
12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.
International
13 April

Run for the Kids

Herald Sun/CityLink
Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids will see people run or walk set courses - all people participating in this event play a part in raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
VIC
03 9292 2901
13-14 April

Baisakhi - Sikh

The harvest festival of North India, the beginning of the solar year. For Sikhs, it represents the founding of the Khalsa, a Sikh brotherhood. Baisakhi always falls on 14th April and this is also the Hindu New Year for North India.
International
14-20 April

International Creativity & Innovation Week

Each year International Creativity and Innovation Week is a celebration of new ideas, imagination and anything that has made the world a better place.
International
14-22 April

Passover

Probably the best known Jewish holiday, Passover commemorates the story of the exodus, where the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery.
International
17 April

World Haemophilia Day

Haemophilia Foundation Australia
World Haemophilia day raises awareness of the inherited bleeding disorder.
International
18 April

World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day is an opportunity to appreciate heritage monuments and sites for the international community. The day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.
International
18 April

Good Friday

Good Friday is a religious holiday primarily observed by Christians commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
International
18 April

Good Friday Appeal

The Good Friday Appeal is a unique fundraising activity that brings together people from all parts of the community in a very special way. The common goal is to raise money for The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
National
03 9292 1166
PO Box 14744
MELBOURNE VIC 8001
19 April

Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday, or Bright Saturday, on the Christian calendar is the Saturday following the festival of Easter.
International
20 April

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.
International
22 April

Earth Day

Earth Day Network
Earth Day is a celebration of the environment we all share. It also acts as a day of conservation awareness.
International
22 April

International Mother Earth Day

United Nations
The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
International
23 April

World Book and Copyright Day

United Nations
Celebrated on a day when many great authors have died, including Shakespeare, World Book and Copyright Day is a world-wide tribute to books and authors. It also encourages people to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.
International
24 April

World YWCA Day

YWCA Victoria
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) celebrates women's leadership and acknowledge their own part in a global movement of women working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment.
International
24 April

International Guide Dog Day

Guide Dogs Victoria
International Guide Dog Day is a day to celebrate the important role that guide dogs play in helping the blind and vision impaired enjoy safe and independent travel.
International
(03) 9854 4444
24 April

Pay it Forward Day

Based on a concept from a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, Pay It Forward Day urges people around the world to commit random acts of kindness. It is a day to do good deeds, and instruct the recipient of your good deed to 'pay it forward', and return the good deed to another person.
International
(612) 9540 5150
25 April

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day is more than a commemoration of the day ANZAC troops landed on the beach at Gallipoli in 1915, it is a day of remembrance for all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
25 April

World Malaria Day

United Nations
In 2010, about 3.3 billion people - almost half of the world's population - were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655 000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. World Malaria Day - which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 - is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It is an opportunity:
International
26 April

World Intellectual Property Day

United Nations
World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact daily life. It also aims to increase understanding of how intellectual property protection helps promote creativity and innovation.
International
26 April

Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day

Syndromes without a name (SWAN) Inc
Saturday 26 April 2014 is Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day in Australia. We aim to raise awareness in the community about the large number of children living without a medical diagnosis for their genetic condition.

According to current estimates, 1 in 20 children are born with a genetic disorder, yet we only hear about the most common syndromes, or the ones that receive the most funding or have the biggest lobby groups. Of those children who present to geneticists with syndromic features, 60% may not ever receive a diagnosis.
National
0404 280 441
26 April - 2 May

UN Global Road Safety Week

United Nations
Particularly targeted at young drivers, Road Safety Week aims to increase awareness of the dangers present on the roads.
International
28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

United Nations
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. 28 April has also for long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.
International
29 April

Day of Remembrance for all Vicitims of Chemical Warfare

United Nations
This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.
International
30 April

International Jazz Day

United Nations
In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.
International
jazzday.com/

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May 2014

31 March - 1 May

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

The aim of Neurofibromatosis Month is to provide information to the community and to healthcare and educational professionals, so that they will better understand what Neurofibromatosis (NF) is. This will enable them to accept and provide support to those affected by NF.
National
02 9719 3356
1 May

Kiss Goodbye to MS

MS Australia
Wear red lipstick and help kiss goodbe to MS.

Throughout May you can get involved in Kiss Goodbye to MS events and activities taking place across the country. By taking part you will be helping support people with MS through funding vital research into the cause, cure and better treatments for the disease. Our vision is to create a world free of MS.
National
02 9468 8390
1 May

Beltane

Beltane was a traditional Gaelic harvest festival, and was popularised as the 'Celtic new year.' It traditionally marked the beginning of summer.
International
1-9 May

IAIM One-in-Five Challenge

International Association of Infant Massage
One in Five... is the number of Australian two-year olds who have already developed identifiable, clinical and serious indicators of mental health difficulties (Scott, 2011). That's around 200,000 babies and young toddlers every year who are facing mental health issues, before even starting pre-school. The IAIM invite you to participate in the One-in-Five Challenge to help reduce this number, and to give all babies and children a better shot at life-long mental health.
National
02 6262 4346
1-31 May

International Respect for Chickens Month

United Poultry Concerns
May is International Respect for Chickens Month celebrating chickens and protesting the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.
International
1-31 May

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held during May each year to raise community awareness and promote a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
National
1-31 May

Miracle Month of May

Miracle Babies Foundation
To raise awareness and funds for premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
National
1300 773 664
1-31 May

Mindful in May

Mindful in May
Mindful in May brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to help bring clean water to those living in the developing world. Your donation and fundraising will be used by Charity Water in its mission to solve the water crisis. When you register and donate, you'll receive a one-moth meditation program.
National
1-31 May

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Month

Crohn's and Colitis Australia (CCA)
Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month aims to bring attention to Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, which affects more than 5 million people.
National
2 May

Starlight Day

Starlight Children's Foundation
Since being formed as an Australian children's charity in 1988, the Starlight Children's Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia. On May 2, Starlight need your help to raise money for sick kids.
National
3 May

World Press Freedom Day

United Nations
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to:
  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
International
3-9 May

Sydney to Surfers

Rotary Club of Engadine
2014 Macsim Sydney to Surfers Charity Ride - raising much needed funds for Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.
National
3-11 May

Australian Dance Week

Ausdance
Australian Dance week is a celebration of the cultural contributions of dance to the Australian community.
National
PO Box 45
BRADDON ACT 2611
4 May

International Star Wars Day

May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase "May the Force be with you" is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say "May the fourth be with you" on this day.
International
4 May

Play Outside Day

Australian Conservation Foundation
Many of us don't get out into nature much. We're too busy, plugged in to screens and rushing through our busy lives. But nature is crucial to our health and wellbeing - and to the health of our planet. Nature is our life support system. It underpins our communities, our economy and our livelihoods. We all need clean air and healthy rivers, yet our politicians seem determined to exploit and damage the environment. But when nature is diminished, so are we.


That's why on Sunday 4 May, we're holding Play Outside Day. Let's reclaim nature and grow our connection with each other and the places we love!
National
4 May

International Respect for Chickens Day

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex and they outnumber humans on this earth by more than 6 to 1. Yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet, so few are ever seen. Described as inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving, these creatures have their special day on May 4th, which is International Respect for Chickens Day!
International
4-10 May

National Family Day Care Week

Family Day Care Australia
Under the theme "Every Child is a Star" National Family Day Care Week recognises the star qualities of each and every one of the 142,400 children attending family day care across Australia. The week-long event also celebrates the many unique benefits of family day care that help foster and develop this individuality. To celebrate National Family Day Care Week this year, Family Day Care Australia has adopted a star through one of Australia's leading observatories. From May 4 through to May 10 thousands of family day care services around the country will collectively "Wish Upon a Star".

For further infomation about Family Day Care Australia please refer to www.fdca.com.au
Hashtags: #fdcweek #fdcstars
National
4-10 May

Heart Week

Heart Foundation
Each year the Heart Foundation uses Heart Week as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problem of heart disease and to help improve the heart health of all Australians.
National
4-10 May

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week

Tourette Syndrome Association of Vic.
The aim of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week is to spread knowledge of what Tourettes is, as well as ask for understanding and acceptance in the community and to undo the social stigma created by misinformation.
National
03 9845 2700
P.O. Box 1173
MAROUBRA NSW 2035
5 May

International Midwives Day

May 5 is the International Day of the Midwife. The aim of the day is to celebrate the importance of midwifery.
International
5-11 May

International Composting Awareness Week

facilitated by the Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE).
International Composting Awareness Week is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.
International
6 May

International No Diet Day

Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria Inc.
International No Diet Day is a celebration of body type diversity and body acceptance. It promotes a healthy lifestyle, compared to a string of ineffective short term diets.
International
6 May

World Asthma Day

National Asthma Council Australia
World Asthma Day (WAD) takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. Initiated by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998, the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) embraces WAD and marks the occasion to highlight the need for ongoing care and vigilance in managing asthma.
International
1800 032 495
7 May

National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who have died and the ones left behind due to domestic and family violence.
National
7 May

International Tell Your Crush Day

International Tell Your Crush Day was hatched out of a simple and honest desire to see more people be open and honest about the world around them.
International
8 May

Camp Quality Supper Club

Camp Quality
Join Camp Quality's Supper Club - Tales of the City to help create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Held on the same night across five capital cities, guests will be treated to an exclusive private dining event at one of Australia's finest and highly-awarded restaurants. After dinner, a secret location awaits for you to celebrate the night away.
National
8 May

World Red Cross Day

Australian Red Cross
Celebrated on the day the Red Cross founder, Henry Dunant (1828-1910), was born World Red Cross Day celebrates the important work done by the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements.
International
8-9 May

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

United Nations
An international time to remember those all those who lost their lives during the Second World War, regardless of what side they fought on.
International
10 May

World Migratory Bird Day

United Nations
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and to help raise awareness around a specific theme.
International
10 May

World Lupus Day

International Lupus Congress
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that may cause abnormalities in the function and structure of such vital organs as kidney, brain, lungs etc. World Lupus Day raises awareness about this disease
International
10 May

Field of Women

Breast Cancer Network Australia
We are calling for 15,000 people to stand on the MCG in the shape of the Pink Lady to represent the number of women and men who will be told they have breast cancer in 2014.
Everyone is welcome to participate - partners, supporters, friends, survivors. You don't have to have had breast cancer to take part.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
10-16 May

3rd Asia Pacific Outgames

The Asia Pacific Outgames will bring together lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) athletes, Human Rights forum attendees, friends and other interested persons from the region for a celebration of sport, culture and human rights.
NT
12 May

International Nurses Day

Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. It is a day to celebrate the role nurses play in the care of their communities.
International
12 May

May 12th International Awareness Day

May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992. The diseases included in CIND include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome(GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) May 12th was chosen as it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS.
International
12-18 May

Law Week

Victoria Law Foundation
Law Week is a community outreach week organised by the Victoria Law Foundation. The program involves over 150 organisations, who work with the Foundation to present seminars, exhibitions, lectures, Q&A sessions, court and parliament tours, and many other public events and displays designed to provide legal information at little or no cost.
VIC
03 9604 8100
03 9602 2449
Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
12-18 May

National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.
National
12-18 May

Food Allergy Week

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
Food allergy continues to increase at alarming rates. Whilst researchers across the world try to understand more about food allergy and the increase, those in the Australian community live with the challenge of managing risk whilst maintaining a good quality of life.
National
13 May

Day of Vesak / Saka Dawa (Tibetan) - Buddhist

"Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.
International
15 May

International Day of Families

United Nations
The International Day of Families is an opporunity to raise awareness of issues relating to families in the international community.
International
15-21 May

National Families Week

Families Australia
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your immediate family, make contact with your extended family and friends and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time.

National
16 May

Shine a Light on Road Safety

Road Trauma Support Services
Victorian drivers are being urged to turn on their headlights as a simple, free and highly visible gesture, to remember those impacted by road trauma and show their commitment to road safety.
VIC
1300 367 797
17 May

Vesak - Festival of Light

The Great Stupa Bendigo
Celebrate the Vesak Festival of Light at The Great Stupa, Bendigo from 12pm to 7.30pm with lantern workshops, guided tours of the temple, meditations, vegetarian food, pipe band, sand animation and more.

Entry is free, however it is recommended to reserve seats for $5 each to view the evening session starting at 6pm which includes the light and fireworks show.

03 5446 7568
23 Sandhurst Road
MYERS FLAT VIC 3556
17 May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

United Nations
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
International
17 May

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is a worldwide celebration of exual and gender diversities, and an opportunity to rally together in an effort to help push for a world free of prejudice.
International
18 May

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

RSPCA
The Million Paws Walk is a fundraising event for the RSPCA. The RSPCA investigates more than 50,000 of animal cruelty or neglect each year.
National
18 May

Shine a Light on Road Safety Community Walk

Road Trauma Support Services
Road Trauma Support Services (RTSSV) invite you to join us on a Community Walk on Sunday 18 May 2014, 11am at Jells Park to promote road safety. The walk is an opportunity for Victorians to get together and show their personal commitment to reducing the road toll and 'Shine a Light on Road Safety'.
VIC
Jells Park
18-24 May

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW (SFNSW)
The focus of this event is the physical health of people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. This is an area of enormous need: by way of illustration, the life expectancy of people living with a severe mental illness has been shown by research to be as great as 25 years less than that of the general population.
National
02 9879 2600
18-24 May

State Education Week

Queensland Government
The annual week-long celebration is an opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of students and teachers in state schools, and showcase their wonderful work to the wider community.
QLD
19-25 May

Spinal Health Week

The Chiropractors' Association of Australia (National) Limited
A healthy spine means a healthier life. Spinal Health Week is an annual, national initiative run by the Chiropractors' Association of Australia. This year, the Week will focus on posture in the workplace, highlighting the dangers of long-term sitting and incorrect posture. Chiropractors around the country will be running local activities during the week.
National
21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

United Nations
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an opportunity to increase understanding of cultural diversity, and the positive impact it can have on countries and communities.
International
22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity

United Nations
The International Day for Biological Diversity is used to increase understanding and awareness of all biodiversity issues.
International
22 May

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Cancer Council
May is Australia's biggest Morning Tea month. Thursday 23rd May is the official day but you can host an event anytime throughout May or June. It's simple, fun and best of all for a great cause! All you need to do is set a date, brainstorm some morning tea ideas, invite your guests and raise money to help support the fight against cancer.
National
23 May

National Walk Safely To School Day

The Pedestrian Council
Walk Safely to School Day is an annual, national event that encourages all primary school students to walk safely, and commute actively, to school. Now in its fourteenth year, this community event promotes better attitudes to road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Parents and carers are encouraged to walk their children to school on the day. For more info and to discover the best walking route to your school visit: www.walk.com.au.
National
23 May

World Turtle Day

to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
International
24-25 May

Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride

Rotary Club of Townsville Central
Ride from Townsville to Ayr and back on May 24-25 2014 and help us raise awareness and funds to help those suffering mental illnesses!
The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The rides major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non government mental health research funding organization in Australia. We also support local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.
25 May

Marymead's 'May-Jor' fundraising month - Domino's Doughraiser

Marymead
All Domino's stores across Canberra will raise dough for Marymead's May Fundraiser by donating $1 from every pizza sold on every Sunday in May.
Marymead has a 47 year history of providing a range of support services to children, young people and families across the ACT, helping around 1,000 children and families each year.
What: Buy a pizza on Domino's Doughraiser Days and help us support Marymead to create a brighter future for Canberra's children and their families.
ACT
25 May

Not-for-Profit Skills Day

Social Traders, Pozible, Our Community
A special training day for not-profit organisations on income generating strategies for enterprising not-for-profits.
25 May

International Missing Children's Day

Australian Federal Police
A day where people around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime, and continue efforts to find those who are still missing.
International
25 May

World Thyroid Day

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
World Thyroid Day (WTD), May 25th, is dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide.
International
25-31 May

National Palliative Care Week

Palliative Care Australia
Palliative care is an issue that will affect all of us at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend.

It's important that all Australians are aware of what care and support is available to them at the end of their lives and how they can receive it; that they have thought about what care they want and shared this with their loved ones and health professionals; and because it's important people know that palliative care is about living well at the end of life - it's for you, your carers and your family.
National
25-31 May

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Disease Foundation
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of macular degeneration and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free macular degeneration information pack is available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia by calling 1800 111 709.
National
25-31 May

Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

United Nations
A non-self-governing territory is defined as a territory "whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government. This week of solidarity is used to show support for these territories.
International
25-31 May

Kidney Health Awareness Week

Kidney Health Australia
Kidney Health Week is a national awareness campaign to promote good kidney health, held annually in the last week of May.

National
26 May

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day Committee
National Sorry Day is a continuing effort to achieve appropriate education, reconciliation and recognition for the Aboriginal stolen generation.
National
26-27 May

Communities in Control 2014

Our Community
Australia's most inspiring social movement - the biggest and best annual not-for-profit sector gathering. Featuring: The Hon Julia Gillard, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, www.BurgerOff.org, Joan Kirner, Professor Jon Altman, jane Caro, Hugh Mackay, Peter Hartcher and more.
03 9320 6800
28 May

World MS Day

MS Australia
World MS Day is a day to educate and inform people across the world about the different types of access issues faced by people with Multiple Sclerosis.
National
29 May

White Wreath Day

White Wreath Association
White Wreath Day is celebrated in remembrance of suicide victims. Almost every Australian family is directly or indirectly affected by suicide. On White Wreath Day we are asked to display a white wreath in remembrance of those who have lost their lives.
National
29 May

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

United Nations
International Day of UN Peacekeepers is a day of recognition for the military, police and civilian peacekeepers deployed across the world.
International
29 May

Wear White at Work

White Wreath Association Ltd
On 29 May 'Wear white at work' and donate a gold coin to show your support for mental illness sufferers and families of suicide victims. Each year we have to come to terms with the suicide of thousands of fellow Australians (men, women and children). For those left behind by these tragedies the hurt is unimaginable. The White Wreath Association provides 24-hour support for anyone who is in need, by providing advocacy, assistance and support to both families and individuals who have been affected by a mental illness or suicide.
National
1300 766 177
31 May

World No Tobacco Day

United Nations
World No Tobacco Day aims to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking tobacco products, and the health implications of tobacco usage.
International

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June 2014

1-7 June

Medical Research Week

The Australian Society for Medical Research
Medical Research Week is organised by The Australian Society for Medical Research, and comprises of expositions, meetings, lectures, debates and many more events to highlight current medical research issues.
National
1-30 June

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Australia
There are more than 14,000 reasons to support Bowel Cancer Australia - one for each person whose life will be changed when they are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and that's just in one year. Show your support by helping us raise awareness during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (formerly Bowel Cancer Awareness Week) - an annual public education initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June.
National
02 9923 8269
1-30 June

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. CMV is the leading preventable viral cause of developmental disabilities. June is the time to raise awareness of CMV and to improve lives.
International
2-8 June

Heart Rhythm Week 2014

Arrhythmia Alliance Australia
Arrhythmias are responsible for between 23,000 and 33,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths each year, many of which could be avoided with greater public awareness of their risks and symptoms. The most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation affects an estimated 240,000 Australians and increases the chance of someone suffering a stroke by five times.
National
2-8 June

Alopecia Awareness Week

Variety - the Children's Charity
Variety's Alopecia Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of alopecia areata and the effects (both physically and emotionally) on those living with the condition. The focus is on generating support and funds for children with the condition, to build their self-esteem and help gain independence.
National
3 June

Mabo Day

Mabo Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1992 High Court decision in the case brought by Eddie Mabo and others which recognised the existence in Australia of native title rights. The historic court decision buried the legal description of early Australia as 'terra nullius', or 'no man's land."
National
4 June

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

United Nations
The purpose of International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
International
5 June

World Environment Day

United Nations
World Environment Day aims to be the world's biggest and most widely celebrated environmental action event.
International
7 June

National Whale Day

International Fund for Animal Welfare
Launched in 2008 by IFAW, National Whale Day is a celebration of the whales and dolphins that migrate to our coastlines annually and Australia's position as a world leader in whale conservation. National Whale Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of, and discuss solutions to, the threats facing whales and their environment including whaling, noise pollution, vessel strikes, marine debris and by-catch, entanglement and climate change.

Please send a submission to our "100 reasons to end whaling for good" campaign - details on the website.
National
8 June

Pentecost - Christian

Pentecost is a Christian celebration of the fiftieth day after Easter. Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
International
8 June

World Oceans Day

United Nations
The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, the oceans are also a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
International
9 June

Gold Telethon

Sydney Children's Hospital Founation
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation is the principal fundraising body for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. Gold Telethon is our major annual fundraiser, an all-day broadcast on Channel Nine. Tune in on 9 June 2014 and make a difference to the lives of sick and injured children.
NSW
1800 644 336
Locked Bag 2005
RANDWICK NSW 2031
9-15 June

International Men's Health Week

Men's Health Information and Resource Centre
International Men's Health Week aims to increase awareness of the importance of good health in men, boys and their families.
International
10-13 June

Philanthropy Week

Queensland Community Foundation
The purpose of Philanthropy Week is to raise awareness of philanthropy itself, honour those who make an outstanding contribution to the community and advance support for the state's charities and community service organisations through sustainable giving. During the week the Queensland Community Foundation holds an awards luncheon to recognise significant philanthropic achievements.
QLD
11-12 June

ACOSS National Conference 2014, Global Problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
The ACOSS National Conference is the meeting place to discuss the policy and practice needed to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia. The ACOSS Conference will present the latest ideas and directions impacting Australian public policy and the local community sector.
QLD
(02) 9310 6212
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
12 June

World Day Against Child Labour

United Nations
World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the efforts needed to eliminate it.
International
13 June

The 13th "Don't Be One Of The Unlucky Ones"

Fire Foundation Ltd
Friday The 13th "Don't Be One Of The Lucky Ones" is a National Fire Safety & Awareness Campaign focussing on fire prevention at home. The campaign runs each time Friday The 13th appears in a calendar year and is focussed on each campaign the focus is on a different safety message. Here's a taste of what you'll see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a3teIqU61M&feature=related
National
(07) 3397 4320
(07) 3397 4329
14 June

World Blood Donor Day

United Nations
World Blood Donor Day is a reminder of the importance of blood donation. 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime, while just 1 in 30 people currently donate.
International
15 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

United Nations
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day seeks to prevent elder abuse incidents by giving targeted information and encouraging community participation on a broad scale.The day is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action.
International
15 June

Global Wind Day

In more than 75 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.
International
15-21 June

Refugee Week

The Refugee Council Of Australia
Refugee Week is used to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

While a refugee's journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope: they hope to find freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma.
National
15-28 June

Drug Action Week

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia
Drug Action Week aims to highlight the issues that accompany drug and alcohol use. It is also an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the workers who work hardest to reduce drug-related harm.
National
16 June - 27 July

Hope Road - Walk for South Sudan

South Sudan Orphan Education SSOE
SSOE would like to announce the launch of the Hope Road project. Our organisation, made up of teachers, media and business professionals and others is throwing its weight behind the vision of Zacharia Machiek to build a primary school, catering principally to the needs of girls, in the South Sudanese village of Abyei Achok where he was born.
The major event of the Hope Road project is a forty day walk, by Zacharia and walking companions, through the cities and towns of northern New South Wales during June and July of this year. The walk will take Zacharia and his companions from Tweed Heads to Sydney.
The Hope Road project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sydney.
17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

United Nations
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, as well as developing a focus on the effects of climate change.
International
18 June

Red Aussie Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Australia
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Aussie Apple Day, where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a $2 apple pin.
National
20 June

World Refugee Day

United Nations
World Refugee Day is used to raise awareness of the difficult lives led by refugees.
International
21 June

MND Global Day

MND Australia
MND Global Day raises awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), which is a progressive neurological disease.
NSW
21 June

International Music Day Sydney

Australian Children's Music Foundation
Music will fill the streets of Sydney on June 21, as renowned musicians and new acts share stages, public spaces and perform on public transport to bring the joy of music to us all. International Music Day is brought to us by the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) in conjunction with global organisation, Fête de la Musique. It is an exciting new event to be held each year in Sydney on June 21 and will showcase a multitude of musical styles, by performers of all ages and experience. Everyone will perform without a fee, so the people of Sydney can enjoy a day of FREE gigs.
22 June

MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride

Multiple Sclerosis Queensland
The Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride is a fundraising event for Multiple Sclerosis.
Brisbane
23 June

International Widows Day

United Nations
The first International Widows' Day was observed on 23 June 2011, providing an opportunity to give special recognition to the plight of widows and their children in order to restore their human rights and alleviate poverty through empowerment.
International
23-29 June

World Continence Week

Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia relies on its members and other individuals and organisations to assist with the promotion of World Continence Week and its theme to the local communities and media networks. Every year individuals and organisations have contributed in reaching out to its local networks, including those who are, or are at risk of becoming, incontinent.
International
25 June

Day of the Seafarer

United Nations
The Day of the Seafarer celebrates the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
International
26 June

World Drug Day: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day used to raise awareness of the threat to public health and safety that illicit drugs pose.
International
26 June

Torture Victims Day

United Nations
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.
International
27 June

Red Nose Day

SIDS and Kids
Red Nose Day is the national fundraising event day for SIDS and Kids held throughout the month of June. Red Nose Day provides critical funding for a 24-hour bereavement support service, community education to reduce incidents of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents, and research into areas such as SIDS and stillbirth. To date it is estimated that SIDS and Kids has saved the lives of over 6,500 babies across Australia.

National
28 June

Ramadan begins - Islam

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.
International
28-30 June

Katherine to Darwin Challenge

Total Recreation NT Inc.
Up to fifty riders will complete the over 300km demanding route over 3 consecutive days. The aim is raise funds for Total Recreation, a community based not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in sporting and recreational activities. Get involved, support a rider by donating or start your training today, join the peloton and take up the challenge.
NT
29 June

World Scleroderma Day

Scleroderma Australia
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. June 29 is a day to recognise the bravery of those who live with this disease and to demand equal treatment and equal care for people with scleroderma.
National
29 June

United Nations Public Service Day

United Nations
The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
International
30 June

Social Media Day

Mashable
In the spirit of these technologies that connect us, Social Media Day brings us together - both online and offline.

Around the world, organizers have assembled a variety of events this year, including business networking, educational panels, training sessions and social gatherings. Meetups will take place on six continents - in some instances bringing hundreds or even thousands of people together. Certain places such as the Philippines are even taking the entire weekend to celebrate with a variety of events.

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July 2014

1-31 July
Today

Dry July

Dry July
Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July. Whether joining as a part of a team or as an individual, take on the 31 days of July to raise funds and directly help adults living with cancer and their families to improve their quality of life. Dry July is also a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption
National
1-31 July
Today

JulEYE

RANZCO Eye Foundation
Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.
National
6 July

International Day of Cooperatives

United Nations
International Day of Cooperatives is a day used by the United Nations to celebrate the role of cooperatives in economic social and cultural development, and in the achievement of social policy objectives.
International
7-13 July

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
National
11 July

World Population Day

United Nations
World Population Day serves to both celebrate humanity itself, and to remind us that we need to look after each other and the planet we live on.
International
13 July

Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist

Asalha Puja Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism. It is observed on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eight lunar month (July), and is a celebration of the foundation of the Sangha (the community of Buddhist monks).
International
13-19 July

National Diabetes Week

Diabetes Australia
Each year Diabetes Australia celebrates National Diabetes Week to raise awareness about diabetes in Australia. The campaign aims to educate Australia of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how type 2 can be prevented.
National
14 July

Malala Day

UN Global Education First
On this day we remember the millions of children worldwide (mostly girls) who do not go to school and reaffirm our commitment to defend the right to education for all children.
International
18 July

National Pyjama Day

The Pyjama Foundation
Thousands of schools, businesses and groups will be encouraged to stay in their PJs on Friday 18 July to show support for The Pyjama Foundation's work with Australian children in foster care.

Pyjama Day is an exciting activity - not only to break the no-pyjamas-after-10 am rule but also to highlight the importance of education and to help raise funds to stop the cycle of disadvantage often experienced by children in foster care.
National
18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day

United Nations
The UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping people on Nelson Mandela International Day - one minute for each year Nelson Mandela devoted his life to serving humanity.
International
21-25 July

National Farm Safety Week

Farmsafe Australia's Operations Centre
National Farm Safety Week aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.
National
21-27 July

National Pain Week

Chronic Pain Australia
National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain; work towards creating healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s; and to reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.
National
25 July

White Ribbon Night

White Ribbon
Join communities across Australia to unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to get the word out. You can invite two people or 2,000 to your movie night, games night, dinner party, watch the footy with mates... the possibilities are endless!
National
02 9045 8444
25 July

Schools Tree Day

Planet Ark
Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!
National
25 July

Stress Down Day

Lifeline Australia
Stress Down Day is a fundraising event to help cover the cost of running Lifeline's 24 hour telephone counseling line - 13 11 14. Workplaces participate by enjoying a day of stress reducing activities, including wearing casual dress to work, in exchange for a donation to the cause.
National
27 July

National Tree Day

Planet Ark
Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event.

People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.
National
27 July

National Stepfamily Awareness Day

The Stepfamily Association of Victoria
The last Sunday in July has been designated as 'National Stepfamily Awareness Day'. A day dedicated to the stepfamily, it provides an opportunity to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the great work that stepfamilies do.
National
27 July

Style for Life

Hagar Australia
STYLE FOR LIFE is an ELEVEN AUSTRALIA and HAGAR initiative partnering with hair salons who give up their time on July 27th 2014 and donate the proceeds to Hagar. The proceeds raised for Hagar will go into communities providing women the opportunity to learn a skill like hairdressing, giving them purpose and helping to restore their lives.
Click here for a full list of participating salons.
National
27 July - 2 August
Today

National Missing Persons Week

Australian Federal Police
National Missing Persons Week aims to raise awareness about the significant number of young Australians reported missing. Out of the estimated 35,000 people who are reported missing each year, approximately 20,000 are under the age of 18.
National
28 July

World Hepatitis Day

United Nations
World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of chronic hepatitis A, B and C.
International
29 July

Eid al Fitr - Islam

During the month of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr is a time of charitable giving, peace-making and spiritual renewal.
International
30 July

International Day of Friendship

United Nations
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
International

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August 2014

1 August

Jeans for Genes Day

Children's Medical Research Institute
Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children's Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.
National
1800 677 260
Locked Bag 23
WENTWORTHVILLE NSW 2145
1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week

United Nations
World Breastfeeding Week aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need.
International
1-31 August

MS Readathon - One month challenge

Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA)
The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time raising their community awareness and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
National
1300 677 323
1-31 August

Honey Money Days

Animals Asia
During the month of August, Animals Asia invites its supporters to hold Honey Money Day fundraisers to support its work to end bear bile farming in China and Vietnam.

Honey Money Days aims to raise awareness of the plight of endangered moon bears farmed for their bile in China and Vietnam, and highlight Animals Asia's work to end this cruel practice. All funds generated go to help Animals Asia care for the rescued bears living in its two sanctuaries: the China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu and the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park.
National
1-31 August

Tradies National Health Month

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Blue
Steel Blue and the Australian Physiotherapy Association have created Tradies National Health Month to focus on educating and engaging tradies on the importance of full body health and safety, with handy tips and hints tailored to the needs of a tradie.

Throughout the month of August there will be events happening at worksites nationwide to celebrate and promote health and safety. Tradies that register online enter a $4,000 prize draw to win the ultimate outdoor adventure - choose from the ultimate surfing, camping or fishing trip.
National
2-10 August

OCD and Anxiety Disorders Week

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
Anxiety Disorders week is an awareness week for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Events include support and social activities, seminars and promotional activities.
3-9 August

National EOS Awareness Week

ausEE Inc.
National EOS Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.
National
4 August

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD)

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD) is a celebration of human rights and Indigenous children. Held on 4 August each year, NAITCD was first observed by SNAICC in 1988. This year's theme is a - Kids in Culture - Strong, Proud, Resilient. Through this theme SNAICC intends to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and their connections to culture.
4-10 August

Homeless Persons Week

Homelessness Australia
Homeless Persons' Week is an annual awareness raising week to highlight the over 105,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Australia provides information sheets and resources to support events all around Australia.
National
(02) 6247 1586
8 August

CafeSmart

StreetSmart
The event brings together coffee roasters, cafes and coffee drinkers around the country to help people who are homeless. Participating cafes generously donate $1.00 per coffee sold to fund local projects.
National
8 August

Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day

Due to overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the zucchini's onto neighbors' doorsteps.
International
9 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

United Nations
This is a day used to celebrate and recognize the stories, cultures and unique identities of indigenous peoples around the world.
International
9-17 August

Elvis Week

Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather in Memphis for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week always includes traditional events such as the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, Elvis Insiders Event and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more.
International
11-17 August

Haemochromatosis Awareness Week

Haemochromatosis Australia
Haemochromatosis Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of haemochromatosis, or inherited iron overload disorder. Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australians of European descent. The disorder can lead to serious, even fatal health issues if untreated but once diagnosed, is easily treated. The week will highlight the need for early detection and treatment so that those born with the genetic condition can lead normal, healthy lives.
National
12 August

International Youth Day

United Nations
International Youth Day is a reminder that investment in the worlds youth will provide a better future for all.
International
13 August

Left-Handers day

On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.
National
15-23 August

Kidney Kar Rally

Kidney Health Australia
Our Kidney Kar Rally is Kidney Health Australia's longest running event. Each year, all rally teams compete to raise significant funds for our National Kidney Kids Programs across Australia. These programs are designed to give kids with kidney disease the chance to regularly socialize with their peers and make long term friends.
National
16-22 August

Book Week

Children's Book Council Of Australia
Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
National
16-24 August

National Science Week

Department of Education
National Science Week celebrates the contributions Australian Scientists have made to the world. There are hundreds of activities, events and debates across the country during the week. The theme for this year's National Science Week is A Century of Australian Science.
National
18 August

Cupcake Day

RSCPA
Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is the biggest bakeoff in the Southern Hemisphere and involves Cupcake Cooks around Australia baking cupcakes and hosting a Cupcake Party to raise vital funds for the RSPCA.
National
19 August

World Humanitarian Day

United Nations
World Humanitarian Day is used to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in this regard, as well as to honour all humanitarian and United Nations and associated personnel who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.
International
19 August

International Orangutan Day

World Orangutan Events
From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these. Something has to be done to save orangutans and that is the reason for International Orangutan Day!
International
20 August

World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day on 20 August first came into being in 1897 when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross made the historic link that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
International
22 August

MS Readathon - 60 Minutes for MS

Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA)
A one-day readathon challenge for pre-schools, libraries and community groups to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis Australia.
National
1300 677 323
22 August

Daffodil Day

Cancer Council Australia
Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council's most loved fundraising events and this year, every daffodil and every donation grows hope - hope for more survivors, hope for better treatments and hope for greater support. As the largest merchandise based event in the Southern Hemisphere, it's day to support all Australians affected by cancer.
National
1300 65 65 85
23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

United Nations
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
International
24 August

Hearing Awareness Week

Deafness Forum of Australia
One in six Australians is Deaf, Deafblind, hearing impaired or has a chronic ear disorder. Hearing Awareness Week provides an opportunity to explain that hearing health is an important issue for every Australian. For the 22 per cent of Australians aged 15 and over who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment, it's their week to share their experiences and knowledge and help to create a greater understanding of their needs, aspirations and the contributions they can make to our nation.
National
24-30 August

Speech Pathology Week

Speech Pathology Australia
Speech Pathology Week is the annual week to raise awareness about communication and swallowing disorders, as well as the work of speech pathologists. This year, Speech Pathology Australia is proud to be part of the International Communication Project 2014 (ICP2014) and #SPWeek 2014 will form part of ICP2014 activities.
National
25-31 August

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful National Association
The aim of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign is to demonstrate the easy ways people can help the environment and also save money by making a few simple changes around the home and in their daily lives.
National
27 August

National Meals on Wheels Day

Australian Meals on Wheels Association
National Meals on Wheels Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 78,700 volunteers that contribute to their community.
National
29 August

International Day against Nuclear Tests

United Nations
International Day Against Nuclear Tests is used to remind UN member states of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the hope that nuclear disarmament is possible.
International
30 August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

United Nations
Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole. Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world.
International
30 August

Paryushana - Jain

Paryushana is a religious festivals for those who follow Jainism. it is a time of soul cleansing, where followers are washed of their sinfulness and return to a pious and virtuous state.
International
31 August

International Overdose Awareness Day

The Salvation Army Crisis Services
Overdose Awareness Day is a commemorative day which acknowledges individual loss and family grief when loved ones have suffered overdose and are either permanently injured or have lost their life. The day also aims to raise awareness about overdoses from the use of both licit and illicit drugs.
International
31 August

A Walk in the Park

Parkinson's Victoria
Join us for a leisurely, non-competitive 4km (return route) walk, or 2km shortcut, along Melbourne's picturesque Yarra River and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have been touched by Parkinson's. The day's activities begin in Federation Square at 8.30am and conclude at approximately 2.30pm. The Walk begins at 11.00am sharp.
VIC
1800 644 189
Federation Square
31 August

Unity Walk & Run

Parkinson's Western Australia
The Unity Walk is the perfect day out with family and friends. The event's focus is a leisurely stroll or, if you are in Sydney, an additional 4km or 8km Run, for a great cause. It gives a voice to all those living with or touched by Parkinson's.
WA
31 August - 6 September

Legacy Week

Legacy
Legacy Week is an important fundraising day for many Australians. Over 100,000 war widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities benefit from the money raised. Many Australians regard this as one of the best times to remember the sacrifice made by many Australian soldiers and their families.
National

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September 2014

31 March - 1 September

Social September

Reach
Social September encourages us all to press pause in September - disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other, and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
National
0404 177 749
1 September

Wattle Day

Wattle Day Association
Wattle Day is oriented towards the future, encompassing positive virtues in the celebration of Australia and the Australian spirit.
National
1 September

Gold Bow Day

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
The ATF Gold Bow Day highlights the increase in thyroid cancer and gives support to thyroid cancer patients undergoing Radio-Active Iodine Treatment.
National
1-5 September

2014 Superhero Day

Muscular Dystrophy Australia
The focus of this event is on the paediatric form of Muscular Dystrophy - Duchenne- which mainly affects young boys.

Superhero Day aims to celebrate the special powers of resilience, creativity, humour and endurance that children with DMD develop in the face of their condition.
National
1-5 September

Jean Hailes Women's Health Week

Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is a week aimed at encouraging women to take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing. The week includes events in communities around Australia as well as online resources including motivating videos and practical tips and information from experts and ambassadors.
National
1-7 September

Parkinson's Awareness Week

Parkinson's NSW
Parkinson's Awareness Week aims to shine a light on Parkinson's disease around the country by encouraging communities around Australia to host mini events focusing on providing information and raising funds for reasearch and vital support services. In Australia every hour of every day someone is diagnsoed with Parkinson's disease, with over 80,000 Australian's living with Parkinson's this national week long event is a great opportunity to increase awareness.
National
1-7 September

Spina Bifida Awareness Week

Spina Bifida Foundation of Vic (inc)
Spina Bifida Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of the disease that affects roughly 5,000 Australians.
VIC
1-7 September

Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learning Australia
Australia's only national celebration and promotion of all forms of adult learning.
National
1-30 September

Biodiversity Month

The Department of the Environment and Heritage
Biodiversity Month is held in September each year. The Department of the Environment and Heritage provides support throughout the year with a variety of resources for local groups promoting biodiversity.
National
1-30 September

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September.The national event is used to raise awareness of the importance of mens health, and regular prostate checks.
National
1-30 September

Save the Koala Month

Australian Koala Foundation
Save the Koala Month aims to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of wild koalas and their habitats.
National
1-30 September

Big Heart Appeal

Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease. As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in wills to continue our lifesaving research, education and health promotion work.
National
1-30 September

Foster Care Month

The primary aim of Foster Care Month is to raise the profile of fostering in the wider community by promoting the great work done by existing substitute care services in both the Government and non-Government sectors. The month also creates an opportunity to focus on the secondary aim of increasing recruitment by highlighting the ongoing need for the recruitment of appropriate foster care families
National
1-30 September

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month helps to spread the message about childhood cancer in order to help more Australian families who have children with cancer.
National
1-30 September

Blue September

Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Blue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative about all the cancers that affect men - not just prostate and testicular cancer, but also bowel, lung, liver, pancreatic and other cancers. The campaign aims to raise funds for Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation charities to raise men's awareness of cancer and help them to reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer by making better lifestyle choices and seeking help sooner rather than later.
National
1-30 September

Dementia Awareness Month

Alzheimer's Australia
Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. In 2014 the theme will be Dementia-Friendly Communities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month. Contact your local Alzheimer's Australia office for information about local activities and events.
National
1-30 September

Debris Month of Action

Project AWARE
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year, and scuba divers are doing their bit to battle this silent killer. During September, action is ramped up in order to combat the growing marine debris problem and inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris.
International
+ 61 2 9454 2890
Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place
Frenchs Forest
SYDNEY NSW 2086
1 September - 16 October
(date to be confirmed)

Night Stalk

Perth Zoo
Night Stalk is a great way to become involved in community conservation action and to learn about our native animals, their habitat and their threats.

Night Stalk is easy, fun and something everyone can do. All you need is a torch and a copy of the Spotter's Log. Choose a night or number of nights between 1 September and 16 October and spotlight in your local forest/bushland. Record all of the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs that you find and then post, fax or email your Spotter's Log (http://www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Night-Stalk-Spotters-Log.pdf) to Perth Zoo for collating.
WA
(08) 9474 4113
PO Box 489
SOUTH PERTH WA 6151
3 September

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities.
National
3 September

National Flag Day

Australian National Flag Day Association
Australian National Flag day celebrates the anniversary of the Australian Flag, first flown in 1901.
National
3 September

National Health and PE Day

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
The purpose of the day is to highlight the good work going on in schools and the wider community by promoting health and physical education on a national scale through media and local activities/celebrations.
National
5 September

Footy Colours Day

Fight Cancer Foundation
Footy Colours Day is the one day in September that you can fight cancer and change lives. Thousands of Australians unite and wear their favourite football team's colours - AFL - NRL - Rugby Union - Soccer, to help raise money for children living with cancer. So show your true colours in your workplace, school or club and make a difference to the lives of children fighting cancer, by participating in Footy Colours Day. Wear your football teams colours, guernseys, scarf, beanies and make a donation to Fight Cancer Foundation
National
5 September

Badge Day

Legacy
Badge Day is part of Legacy Week. Iconic badges are offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public.

Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependants with a disability.
5 September

International Day of Charity

United Nations
Poverty persists in all countries of the world, ‎regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the ‎United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105PDF document designated the 5th of September, the ‎anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity.

International
6-14 September

History Week NSW

History Council NSW
History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.
NSW
02 9252 8715
PO Box R1737
ROYAL EXCHANGE NSW 1225
7 September

National Skatepark Day

National Skatepark Day is a celebration of youth culture and active recreation at skateparks around Australia. On a local level, the events will be facilitated by Local Governments and Youth Service Providers who will be given resources to engage with their local young people in order to improve facilities and better understand their needs.
National
(02) 8080 4339
7 September

Sustainable House Day

ANZSES Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society.
Sustainable House Day aims to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of making your house more 'green'. It is a reminder for us to remember we are leaving footprints on the planet, and we need to be careful with our energy usage.
National
7 September

Father's Day

The best day to celebrate all fathers across the world and to show your appreciation for them.
7-13 September

National Child Protection Week

NAPCAN
National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by NAPCAN, with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990.

The campaign aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.
National
napcan.org.au
8 September

International Literacy Day

United Nations
Today one in five adults are illiterate, which causes many social and educational issues. International Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy.
International
8-14 September

National Stroke Week

National Stroke Foundation
National Stroke Week raises awareness of stroke which Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year. Get involved and hold an activity in your community to support the national campaign.
National
1800 STROKE (787 653)
03 (9670 9300)
Level 7, 461 Bourke Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
9 September

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrom and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)
On the ninth day of the ninth month every year, people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol use during the nine months of pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
International
fasday.com/
10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day

United Nations
World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners and politicians, clinicians and those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.
International
10 September
(date to be confirmed)

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

Lifeline
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44. Lifeline believes we all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

For World Suicide Prevention Day, get involved by joining a walk or organising a walk in your local community.

National
13 11 14
11 September

R U OK? Day

R U OK Foundation
Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems.
National
8 Boronia Street
REDFERN NSW 2016
12 September

White Balloon Day

Bravehearts
White Balloon Day is a day to 'lift the cone of silence' that surrounds child sexual assualt, and is used to increase understanding of the difficult issue.
National
14 September

Big Red Kidney Walk

Kidney Health Australia
Kidney Health Australia's Big Red Kidney Walk is designed to help raise awareness and funds for kidney disease across Australia. It is an event that brings the kidney community together for a family fun day where people can meet, go for a walk or run and enjoy entertainment.
National
15 September

International Day of Democracy

United Nations
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
International
16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

United Nations
This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer. All Member States are invited to devote this special day to promotion, at the national level, of concrete activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendment.
International
16 September
(date to be confirmed)

Lyme Gladiolus Day

The Karl McManus Foundation
The Karl McManus Foundation holds Lyme Gladiolus Day to raise awaresnees of Lyme disease in Australia. It is also a major day for the foundation's National Lyme Disease Appeal, which aims to raise $1 million for research into Lyme disease in Australia, and to raise public awareness of Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
National
17 September

Australian Citizenship Day

Australian Government
The day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian. It is a chance for all of us to think about the events and people that shaped our nation. We also reflect on the role we play in building Australia and shaping our future.
National
19-21 September

Clean up the World Weekend

Clean up Australia
Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. Clean Up the World and its participating organisations mobilise an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.
International
20 September

World Parks Day

Australia and New Zealand - Parks Forum
World Parks Day is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces. Everybody is encouraged to celebrate World Parks Day in their own way.
International
20-26 September

Herbal Medicine Week

National Herbalists Assoc Australia
Herbal Medicine Week promotes the use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia and is spreading like wild herbs as a very popular event held nation wide on the 3rd week of September every year.
National
21 September

World Alzheimer's Day

Alzheimer's Australia
World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible.
International
21 September

International Day of Peace

United Nations
The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
International
21 September

World Gratitude Day

On World Gratitude Day we should focus on what we are grateful for and appreciate what we have, rather than what we want or think we need. It's possible that we can keep our unnecessary and frivolous consumption at bay too.
International
22 September

World Carfree Day

World Carfree Network
World Carfree Day aims to encourage people around the world te leave their cars at home for the day. The World Carfree Network promotes a global carfree culture.
International
24-26 September

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish celebration that is commonly referred to as Jewish New Year. It is a time of casting off sins and preparing for a new year.
International
25 September - 3 October

Navaratri

Navaratri is the hindu festival that translates to "nine nights". It is a festival for followers to invoke the energy of the Universal Mother.
International
26 September

World Maritime Day

United Nations
World Maritime Day is a UN awareness day for issues concerning the maritime industry.
International
27 September

World Tourism Day

United Nations
World Tourism Day represents an opportunity to address how tourism can help build tolerance and understanding worldwide by serving as a catalyst for communication and exchange between the different cultures of the world.
International
28 September

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is observed globally every year on the last Sunday in September. Rivers may make up only about 0.2 percent of all the fresh water worldwide but their importance is priceless. This day encourages citizens to get actively involved to ensure the future health of our rivers.
International
29 September

National Police Remembrance Day

The AUSPOL - Police Welfare Foundation
The National Police Remembrance Day honours the memory of those police men and women who have given their lives in the service of the community.
International
29 September

World Heart Day

United Nations
Cardiovascular diseases are the worlds biggest killers. World Heart Day is a reminder to take care of your heart.
International

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October 2014

1 October

International Day of Older Persons

United Nations
The International Day of Older Persons is a celebration of the older people in all societies, and a reminder to continue developing a society for all ages.
International
1 October

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day, October 1, is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism.
International
1 October

World Cerebral Palsy Day

World CP Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality. The project is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in over 30 countries. We welcome new countries and partner organisations.
International
1-7 October

Be Kind to Animals Week

Edgars Mission
Be Kind To Animals Week is an opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives and think about those that ask nothing of us. During the first week of October (1-7th) please do something to celebrate your concern for animals worldwide.
National
365 McHarg's Road
WILLOWMAVIN VIC 3764
1-8 October

RSPCA Awarness Week

RSPCA South Australia
The RSPCA is the pre-eminent animal welfare organisation in Australia and for one week each year we focus solely on promoting our mission and values to the South Australian public. RSPCA Awareness Week provides us with an opportunity to raise animal welfare issues to the forefront of the community's social conscious and engage with them in new and exciting ways.
1-31 October

Injury Free Day

K.I.D.S Foundation
Simply nominate a day during October to promote safety and the importance of injury prevention. The KIDS Foundation Injury Free Campaign is an annual event which highlights the importance of safety and injury prevention. The campaign runs during October, Community Safety Month. Schools can register their involvement, receive free resources and show their commitment to safety by encouraging their students and staff to be safe at school, at home and within the community.
National
1300 734 733
PO Box 12
WENDOUREE VIC 3355
1-31 October

National Safe Work Australia Month

Safe Work Australia
National Safe Work Australia Month aims to raise awareness of workplace safety and encourage all working Australians to get involved in and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease.
National
1300 551 832
1-31 October

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Association NSW
October is Mental Health Month, and the 2013 theme is 'Kindness: little acts, big impacts!'. Get involved by planning a small event with your friends, family, workmates, or local community.
National
(02) 9339 6000
Level 5, 80 William St
EAST SYDNEY NSW 2011
1-31 October

Community Safety Month

Injury Control Council of Western Australia
October is Community Safety Month - a time to showcase community members working together to make WA a safer place to live, work, play and travel.

Community Safety Month has been coordinated by ICCWA for the past five years, and is planned with the support of safety organisations, state government agencies and external organisations.

The month is celebrated in both Victoria and WA and aims to raise awareness that "Everyone has a role to play in making our community safer!"
WA
(08) 9420 7212
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St,
WEST PERTH WA 6005
1-31 October

Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption.

Buy Nothing New Month isn't Buy Nothing New Never. Nor is it about going without. It's literally about taking one month off to really think, "Do I really need it?" If I do, "can I get it second-hand, borrow it or rent it? What are my alternatives? Can I borrow from a friend? Can I swap with my neighbor?" It's about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we're done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our 'stuff'.
International
1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

Eyes Open for Wildlife

Wildlife Victoria
The purpose of "Eyes Open for Wildlife" is to focus attention on the plight of our native wildlife and highlight Wildlife Victoria's 24/7 emergency response service for reporting sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Eyes Open for Wildlife will be supported with some very funky headbands available for $4.00 each. Buy and wear a headband in October to show your support for this vital community service. You will act as ambassadors for Wildlife Victoria by spreading the word amongst your family and friends, ensuring that they know who to call when they find sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
VIC
Suite 3, 288 Brunswick Street
FITZROY VIC 3065
1-31 October

Walktober

Physical Activity Australia Inc
Physical Activity Australia have renamed October, 'Walktober' - Australia's walking month! It's the ideal time to celebrate walking. October is that time of year when you feel a 'spring' in your step; the weather is warming up and it's a great time to get outside.
National
(03) 8320 0100
1-31 October

Dogtober

Assistance Dogs Australia
Dogtober is a way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train another 25 super pups to help people with physical disabilities.

You can help by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge which will raise much needed funds and awareness.
National
1800 688 364
P.O.Box 455,
ENGADINE NSW 2233
1-31 October

Foot Health Month

Australasian Podiatry Council
Foot Health Month in October is a time to look after and love your feet.
National
(03) 9416 3111
(03) 9416 3188
89 Nicholson Street,
BRUNSWICK EAST VIC 3057
1-31 October

Ocsober

Life Education
Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. The campaign runs from 1- 31 October each year. Ocsober supports Life Education and Life Education's iconic mascot Healthy Harold who, for 30 years, has been empowering Aussie Kids to make smart, healthy life choices free from the harms associated with drug misuse.
National
02 8262 4300
1-31 October

Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
October is international breast cancer awareness month and NBCF's biggest fundraiser is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign. Whether you hold a morning tea, a big breakfast event in your community or a get-together in your office, the donations collected will make a difference to people with breast cancer.
National
1-31 October

Great Cycle Challenge

Children's Medical Research Institute
Great Cycle Challenge encourages you to get on your bike this October to fight kids' cancer. You just register yourself, set yourself a ride target and then pedal as much as you can throughout October.

You can ride as an individual or create a team with your friends, cycling club or workplace - it's up to you!
National
(02) 8012 5175
PO Box 738
NEUTRAL BAY NSW 2089
1-31 October

Crime Prevention Month QLD

QLD Police
Crime Prevention Month is about educating the community about strategies they can use to reduce their chance of being a victim of crime. Through simple steps members of the community can take part in reducing crime and can increase their personal safety. Crime Prevention Month is an opportunity for members of the community to learn these steps.
QLD
1-31 October

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc
Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held each October to encourage Queenslanders to show their support for ending violence of this nature and inform those affected about the help available.
QLD
(07) 5591 2397
1-31 October

Droptober

Started in 2011, Droptober is an annual fundraising event that aims to combat the global obesity crisis. With the obesity rate topping 60% and costing countries billions in health care and lost productivity, it is time that individuals commit to a healthier lifestyle to reverse the trend.
National
0439 635 699
2 October

World Day for Farmed Animals

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals hopes to continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.
International
2 October

International Day of Non-Violence

United Nations
Celebrated on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi the International Day of Non-Violence aims to disseminate education and understanding of the positive effect of non-violence.
International
2 October

World Smile Day

Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation
The World Smile Day is celebrated on October 04, 2013. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is known to have created the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.
International
3 October

Happy Tails Day

RSPCA
Happy Tails Day is a fundraising event for the RSPCA. If you have a pet or just love animals the RSPCA invites you to donate money or buy their merchandise to keep them fighting for animal rights.
National
3 October

Odd Socks Day

Grow
Odd socks day is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day. Stigma is undoubtedly still one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help and recovery from mental illness. So, how you treat someone with a mental illness really does make a difference to their lives and recovery. If you would like to 'make a difference', join our campaign against mental health stigma and discrimination.
National
3-4 October

Eid al Adha - Islam

An Islamic commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to god.
International
3-4 October

Yom Kippur - Jewish

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement.
International
3-14 October

Cycle For Girls, Because I Can!

Plan International Australia
One on three girls is being denied an education.
Educated girls are empowered girls, who can transform their lives and the workd around them.
Challenge yourself and help Plan give millions of girls the education they deserve- just join 2014 Cycle for Girls, Because I Can!
International
4 October

World Animal Day

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
International
4-10 October

World Space Week

United Nations
World Space Week is used to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.
International
4-12 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Organic Week

Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is 10 days of targeted media and locally-staged activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.
National
4 October - 2 November
(date to be confirmed)

Yappy Hour

World Society for the Protection of Animals
Tragically, too many animals around the world suffer from needless cruelty.

That's why this October you can celebrate animals during WSPA's YAPPY HOUR.

YAPPY HOUR is your chance to host an event to have fun with friends and celebrate how happy your pets,or any animals, make you. You'll be joining with WSPA to move the world to protect animals.
National
13 9772
Level 1, 39 Chandos Street
ST LEONARDS NSW 2065
5 October

World Teachers Day

UNESCO
World Teachers' Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.
International
5-11 October

Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Protection Association
Fire prevention week aims to educate the community, particularly children, about the dangers of fire and the importance of prevention techniques.
International
www.nfpa.org
6 October

World Habitat Day

United Nations
United Nations has designated the first Monday in October each year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
International
6-12 October
(date to be confirmed)

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is an annual national awareness event held in October every year. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community, to increase community awareness and education about mental health issues and to encourage participation in life enhancing lifestyles
National
9 October

World Post Day

United Nations
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
International
10 October

World Mental Health Day

World Federation for Mental Health
World Mental Health Day aims to raise public awareness of mental health issues, and increase understanding of the strain they can place on the individual, their families, friends and communities.
International
10 October

World Sight Day

United Nations
World Sight Day seeks to raise public awareness on low vision. Blindness and low vision are critical issues in Australia, especially with an ageing population. World Sight Day is a global initiative providing an opportunity to raise the profile of the causes of blindness and vision impairment and the preventative measures.
International
10 October

MS Moonlight Walk

MS Australia
Brisbane's annual riverside MS Moonlight Walk. Get active and celebrate this great city like you've never seen it before with a leisurely and safe 5km or 10km walk as the sun sets and the full moon rises. The walk raises money for people with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition.
QLD
07 3840 0828
Locked Bag 370
COORPAROO DC 4151
10 October

World Homeless Day

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people's needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness.
International
10 October

Zip It

On World Mental Health Day Thursday October 10 we're challenging you to ZIP IT for up to 24 hours.

In terms of overall well being, mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact the two have a profound affect on each other. Many of us will experience a mental health issue at some point. So, it's in all our interests to seriously consider and prioritise mental health.
National
11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

United Nations
The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people-grownups, boys, girls all across the world-a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 11.10 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country.
International
12 October

World Arthritis Day

Every year on International Arthritis Day people with arthritis from around the World join together to make their voices heard and raise awareness of arthritis, an often painful disease that affects millions of individuals across the globe.
International
12-18 October

Anti Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
National
12-18 October

National Nutrition Week

Nutrition Australia
National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to learn about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.
National
12-18 October

Haemophilia Awareness Week and Red Cake Day

Haemophilia Foundation Australia
Haemophilia Awareness Week and Red Cake Day is an opportunity for haemophilia foundations and other organisations, as well as individuals and families, to fundraise and take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia.
National
03 9885 7800
1624 High Street,
GLEN IRIS VIC 3146
12-18 October

Carer's Week

Carers Australia
Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities.

Carers Week events across Victoria provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring.
National
(02) 6122 9900
12-18 October

Sock it to Suicide Week

White Wreath Association
Every year during the third full week of October is Sock it to Suicide week, the White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.
National
1300 766 177
PO Box 1078
BROWNS PLAINS QLD 4118
12-20 October

Eat Local Feed Global

Oxfam Australia
The world produces enough food for everyone, yet one in eight still go hungry.

This World Food Day (16 October) and in the week around it, thousands of people across the globe will be showing their support for the need to tackle global hunger.

There's a lot we can all do to Eat Local Feed Global; from eating sustainably, raising money for Oxfam's life changing work and joining the thousands of Australians calling on our Government to do more to tackle hunger.
International
1800 088 110
132 Leicester Street,
CARLTON VIC 3053
13 October

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

United Nations
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a day for city-planners and governments across the world to think about the safety of the people who rely on them in the instance of a natural disaster. While it is not a day to actively decrease the instances of natural disasters, it is a reminder to these people that they must reduce the death tolls of the most major disasters.
International
13-19 October
(date to be confirmed)

Week Without Violence

World YWCA and WHIN (Women's Health in the North)
Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of family violence and encourages you to think and act towards a world without violence.
International
13-19 October

Veterans Health Week

Australian Government Department of Veteran's Affairs
Veterans' Health Week provides an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.
National
15 October

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

PILARI
15 October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day, parents and families across Australia honour their babies who passed away from miscarriage, stillbirth or postnatal causes.
National
15 October

Global Handwashing Day

The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing
Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools,but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap.

Each year on October 15, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.
International
15 October

International Day of Rural Women

United Nations
On the International Day of Rural Women we recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
International
16 October

World Food Day

United Nations
World Food Day is a reminder that everybody deserves and needs access to food, particularly those who can't keep up with rising food prices.
International
16 October
(date to be confirmed)

Ride2Work Day / Ride2Uni Day

Bicycle Network
Ride 2 Work Day has become an established event on the annual workplace calendar. Whether you're a regular cycle-commuter or you're just thinking about having a go, now is the time to start planning for Ride to Work Day.
National
(03) 8376 8888
4/246 Bourke Street (corner of Swanston Street)
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
16 October

Nude Food Day

Nutrition Australia
National Nude Food Day is an event created by Nude Food Movers that encourages individuals to make their lunch a healthy, nutritious and environmentally friendly meal by filling it with fresh food and eliminating all unnecessary wrapping!

Nude Food Day aims to change the eating habits of Australians and New Zealanders by empowering them to make better choices when it comes to packing food for lunch, while also drawing greater attention to the amount of land fill that is generated from food packaging.
17 October

Loud Shirt Day

First Voice Centres around Australia
Fish out your flashiest frock, or dig out that awesome Hawaiian shirt you've been hiding in your wardrobe and get it on! Loud Shirt Day is the day you wear something really, loud to help give deaf children the gift of sound and speech. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as its got colour, pizzazz, it'll be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.
National
1300 721 326
17 October

Green and Gold Day

Mary MacKillop Foundation
All across Australia there are small community-based projects that assist those who are less fortunate than them or in need of a helping hand.

Join the Mary MacKillop Foundation on Green & Gold Day in supporting Aussies who make a difference, and celebrating the Australian spirit!
National
17 October

National Edge Day

Edge Day is an unofficial holiday founded by people who associate themselves with the straight edge movement. Straight edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. It was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock.
International
17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

United Nations
The UN developed this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.
International
18-24 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Week of Deaf People

Deaf Australia Inc
Every year, Deaf Australia and it's state branches gear up to organise events through a week long period which is focused on celebrating Auslan, Deaf people and the Deaf community in Australia. This year's theme is "Equality for Deaf People".
National
(07) 3357 8277
271A Stafford Road
STAFFORD QLD 4053
18-26 October

Children's Week

Children's Week Council of Australia
Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.
National
19-25 October
(date to be confirmed)

Wear What Matters Week

MedicAlert Foundation
'Wear What Matters' is MedicAlert Foundation's Awareness Week campaign which runs through the third week of October (20th - 26th October). The campaign aims to highlight how wearing a genuine MedicAlert medical ID on the neck or wrist can provide critical medical and other information in a time of need and especially when someone can't speak for themselves.
National
20 October

World Osteoporosis Day

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
International
20-26 October

National Water Week

Australian Water Association
National Water Week is dedicated to raise community awareness about current and future water issues and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It's also a celebration of water achievements in painting a sustainable future for generations to come.
National
1300 361 426
PO Box 222
ST LEONARDS NSW 1590
20-26 October

Wise Up Week

Fire Foundation
Too many Australian families lose their homes and lives through fire and burns. The Fire Foundation provides much needed support to those affected to assist them to recover and rebuild their lives. WISE UP WEEK aims to raise funds for the Fire Foundation and raise awareness of the importance of being fire wise.
National
1300 478 776
PO Box 397
COORPAROO QLD 4151
21 October

National Kidsafe Day

Kidsafe
National Kidsafe Day aims to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the important work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
National
23 October

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
International
23 October
(date to be confirmed)

Big Breakfast

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
A healthy thyroid gland needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and digestion. Without these hormones the body will suffer and your overall health will be affected. The Australian Throid Foundation's "BiG BREAKFAST/BRUNCH" raises awareness of iodine deficiency and how we all need to ensure we include enough iodine in our daily diet for all life stages.
National
Suite 2, 8 Melville Street
PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
24 October

United Nations Day

United Nations
This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
International
24 October

World Development Information Day

United Nations
The United Nations hope to disseminate information about the challenges of world development to help promote continued efforts to solve some of these issues.
International
24 October

World Polio Day

Rotary Club
World Polio Day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio, and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV).
International
24 October
(date to be confirmed)

One Dollar Day

Imagine if everyone gave just $1 on one day…

Save the Children believe that this simple donation made by individuals around the world could harness the fundraising power to reduce the global inequities in children's health and education.
National
Level 2, 410 Elizabeth Street,
SURRY HILLS NSW 2010
24-30 October

Disarmament Week

United Nations
Disarmament week is a day to unite in the effort to reduce, limit and eventually abolish weapon usage.
International
25 October

The Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is Council-enabled and people-powered. It is a national, annual campaign that assists local government organisations to achieve measurable local impact across three key policy areas; waste reduction / landfill offset/illegal dumping, community development and economic stimulation.

In 2012 28 councils participated in Garage Sale Trail. In 2013 its anticipated that 60 - 80 councils will participate and make the program available in their local area.

National
26 October

Walk for Prems

Life's Little Treasures Foundation
Approximately 45,000 infants are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery ward each year in Australia*, while around 15 million babies across the world are born premature per year. All funds raised by Life's Little Treasures Foundation's family-friendly social walk will help provide families with information, support and understanding to help them with their challenging journey.
National
1300 MYPREMMIE (1300 69 77 36)
Various Locations - Check website
27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

United Nations
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a reminder to preserve our visual and audio documents that have become the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries.
International
28 October

Pink Ribbon Day

The Cancer Council
Pink Ribbon Day is the Cancer Council's fundraiser aimed at helping raise awareness of breast cancer, as well as funds towards research, early prevention and patient support programs. The pink ribbon is the international symbol of support and recognition for women affected by breast cancer across the globe.
National
1300 65 65 85
31 October

National Bandanna Day

Canteen
This year's National Bandanna Day aims to raise $1.7 million to help young people living with cancer. The theme for this year's event is "Attitude is Everything - Buy It, Wear It". By selling, buying and wearing bandannas, you can show your support for young people as they fight cancer.
National
31 October - 1 November

Samhain (Summer's End)

Meaning 'summers end', Samhain is an ancient Celt festival marking the beginning of winter/the Celtic new year.
International

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November 2014

1 November

International Drug Users Day

International Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.
International
1-30 November

Movember

Movember Foundation
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.
1-30 November

Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Awareness Month is used to promote lung health and focus on the impact of lung disease in the Australian community.
National
1-30 November

World Vegan Month

Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!
International
1-30 November

National Novel Writing Month

Office of Letters and Light
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
International
1-30 November

Asbestos Awareness Month

Asbetsos Diseases Research Insitiute
Asbestos Awareness Month, 1 - 30 November 2013 aims to educate Australians about the dangers of - asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fibres during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated!
National
PO Box 3628
RHODES NSW 2138
1-30 November

World Vegan Day

WVD Melbourne
Becoming vegan is the best way to help animals, the environment, and your health - and it's easier than you might think. There are a number of reasons why people choose to go vegan. The most popular ones are:
  • It eliminates suffering and saves the lives of thousands of animals;
  • It boosts your health and increases your life expectancy; and
  • It's a lot kinder to the planet.
International
2-8 November

National Others Week

Global Care
Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it's a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says - life is a team sport!
National
5 November

International Volunteer Managers Day

International Volunteer Managers Day is a day to let those volunteer managers know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them - and to thank them.
International
6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

United Nations
Damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
International
7 November

National Sunnies Day

QLD Eye Institute
National Sunnies Day is aimed at educating children about looking after the health of their eyes.
National
07 3010 3364
07 3010 3390
41 Annerley Road
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101
7 November

Walk To Work Day

Walk to Work
Now in its 16th year, National Walk to Work Day, on Friday 7 November 2014, is an annual event which encourages Australians to build regular walking into their daily routine. People who walk before or during work are generally healthier, more productive and less likely to be absent. This year we are encouraging all employers and employees to start walking now, to improve their health and well-being and raise funds for their favourite charities. You can participate as an Individual or create a Team. Organisations may Pledge to match ($for$) their employees' fund-raising efforts, or create Organisation/Company teams. Pledges can be capped.
National
9-15 November
(date to be confirmed)

National Psychology Week

Australian Psychology Society
National Psychology Week (NPW) is an APS initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.
National
03 8662 3300
9-15 November

Spinal Injury Awareness Week

Independence Australia
Spinal Injury Awareness Week (SIAW) is a national campaign staged annually to raise awareness and promote the prevention of spinal cord injuries in Australia.
  • Approximately 12,000 Australians are currently living with a spinal cord injury
  • Each year an additional 350-400 new cases are reported; that's more than one every day
  • Spinal cord injuries most commonly occur amongst young people aged 15-24 years old (80% male, 20% female)
  • The most common causes of spinal cord injury are traumatic accidents such as car crashes, road accidents, water-related incidents and falls
National
9-15 November

Australian Food Safety Week

Food Safety Information Council
This year the Australian Food Safety Week theme is Shopping Food Safety focusing on 'Clean, Choose, Chill and Separate' when selecting food and transporting it home safely. Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council, Australia's leading disseminator of community targeted food safety information.
National
0407 626 688
PO Box 139
RED HILL ACT 2603 ACT 2603
9-15 November

National Adoption Awareness Week

NAAW creates opportunities for open dialogue with all Australians, particularly those who have been touched by adoption. Although adoption has been practiced in almost every country and culture throughout history, in Australia, adoption has too often been misunderstood, and at times, stigmatised and marginalised.
National
10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development

United Nations
This is a day to celebrate the responsible use of science to further the advancement of peace and development across the world.
International
10-16 November

International Week of Science and Peace

United Nations
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.
International
10-16 November

National Recycling Week

Planet Ark
National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.
National
10 November - 31 December
(date to be confirmed)

Dinesmart

Streetsmart
For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It's a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.
National
03 9836 1887
PO Box 9100
MIDDLE CAMBERWELL VIC 3124
11 November

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
National
12 November

World Pneumonia Day

United Nations
World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and help prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia that occur each year.
International
12 November

Wow Day

State Emergency Service (SES)
The SES is painting the town ORANGE for Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on 13 November and we want you to join in the fun. Get your family and friends to wear something orange to work or school to show support for SES volunteers.
National
12 November

Thank U NICU Day

National Event in Australian Neonatal Intensive Care Units
National
13 November

World Kindness Day

Australian Kindness Movement
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.
International
14 November

World Diabetes Day

International Diabetes Federation
The World Diabetes Day campaign is an event used to increase understanding of diabetes, and to raise funds for research.
International
15-23 November

Schoolies Week

The Safer Schoolies Initiative aims to enhance the safety of school leavers participating in end-of-school celebrations and the communities that host these celebrations. The combination of inexperience, lack of supervision and excessive consumption of alcohol has, in the past, led to incidents of anti-social behaviour that has disturbed residents and placed young people at risk of harm.
National
16 November

Eureka Climb 2013

Eureka Climb
The race to the top of Melbourne's tallest building is on again with over 2,500 climbers set to raise money for Whitelion and Interplast Australia and New Zealand and earn the ultimate view from the top of the Eureka Tower.

Eureka Climb is an event for people of all ages and levels of fitness to walk/run/climb their way up 88 floors of one of the world's tallest residential towers.

With an entertainment precinct at the bottom of the Tower for friends, family and supporters, it's a fun day for everyone.
VIC
16 November

International Day for Tolerance

United Nations
The International Day of Tolerance promotes respect, dialogue, cooperation and tolerance of all cultures.
International
16 November

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

United Nations
A day to highlight the incidence and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - more commonly known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
International
17 November

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

United Nations
Every year more than 1 million people die from a traffic crash. This day is used to remember those who have died on the roads, and to remind the public to be careful when driving.
International
17 November

World Prematurity Day

National Premmie Foundation
National
19 November

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Organisation
World Toilet Organisation created World Toilet Day (WTD) to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.
International
20 November

World COPD Day

World COPD Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to improve awareness and care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the world. World COPD Day 2013 will take place on November 20 around the theme "It's Not Too Late."
International
20 November

Universal Children's Day

United Nations
Universal Children's Day is observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
International
20 November

Africa Industrialization Day

United Nations
Africa Industrialisation Day aims to mobilise the commitment of the international community to the industrialisation of Africa.
International
20 November

Go Home On Time Day

The Australia Institute
Each year, Australians work more than 2 billion hours of unpaid overtime. Around half of all employees work more hours than they are paid for. On average, a typical employee works 49 minutes of unpaid overtime per day. For full-time workers, the average daily amount of unpaid work takes more than one hour. Overwork can have negative consequences for your physical and mental health, your relationships with loved ones and your sense of what is important in life.
National
+61 2 6130 0530
PO Box 4345
Manuka
ACT 2603
21 November

World Television Day

United Nations
This day celebrates the ways television has helped to increase world communications, as well as the implications it has had on social and cultural development.
International
21 November

World Philosophy Day

United Nations
World Philosophy Day's objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.
International
23 November

Buy Nothing Day

Adbusters
Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism celebrated annually just after Thanksgiving.

The journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens … you just might have an unexpected, emancipatory epiphany!
International
24-29 November

Social Inclusion Week

Social Inclusion Week aims to help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It's about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves.
National
24 November - 9 December
(date to be confirmed)

16 days of activism against gender violence

UN Women
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991. From 25 November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
International
25 November

Orange Day

UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign
The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as "Orange Day" - a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action#sthash.wGsv8aU7.dpuf
International
25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

United Nations
This day is a reminder that violence against women should never occur. It is a reminder that the world must continue to eliminate instances of violence against anybody, particularly women.
International
25 November

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Foundation (Australia)
The White Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The campaign calls for men across Australia to speak out and take an oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
International
02 9045 8444
02 9045 8448
PO Box 6303
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059
29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

United Nations
A day for UN member states to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people.
International
30 November

International Computer Security Day

Security is an important consideration when working with computers, the Internet or indeed any electronic devices. Use Computer Security Day to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected.
International
30 November - 6 December

GiveNow Week 2014

GiveNow
GiveNow Week takes place around the country in the first week of December each year and aims to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas.

It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community - not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.
National

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December 2014

1 December

Worlds AIDS Day

World AIDS Day - held on 1 December each year - is one of the most globally recognised events of the year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
International
1-31 December

Decembeard

Bowel Cancer Australia
A hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard encourages men, women, and children across the country to join together (through beards!) and raise awareness and much-needed funds for bowel cancer.
National
bit.ly/KFSYNm
2 November - 2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

United Nations
Despite the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery still exists. This is a day to raise awareness of the issue that continues to function in new forms.
International
3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
International
1800 440 385
5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

United Nations
This day aims to increase awareness of the important role voluinteers play in many organisations, and aims to stimulate more people to volunteer.
International
7 December

International Civil Aviation Day

United Nations
The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
International
9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day

United Nations
International Anti-Corruption Day is a day for worldwide business leaders to renounce corruption and continue efforts to abolish it.
International
10 December

Human Rights Day

United Nations
A day to celebrate the basic rights of all humans, and to remember that many people still have to fight for their human rights.
International
10-23 December

Operation Santa

UnitingCare
The UnitingCare Christmas Appeal, Operation Santa, has been an exclusive gift giving campaign to Target, offering support to disadvantaged people of all ages for the past 22 years. The campaign is launched in Target and Target Country stores in early November each year and aims to make Christmas more special for the thousands of Australians who, for various reasons, are unable to celebrate Christmas with gifts.
National
1800 060 543
PO Box 24154
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
11 December

International Mountain Day

United Nations
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands
International
12 December

Poinsettia Day

December 12th is Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima.
International
16 December

Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity.
International
18 December

International Migrants Day

United Nations
Organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.
International
19 December

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

United Nations
Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation, and in this context reiterating the need for the international community to support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.
International
20 December

International Human Solidarity Day

United Nations
International Human Solidarity Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 as an initiative in the fight against poverty.
International
24 December

Buy Nothing Christmas

This Christmas we'll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there's a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.
International
25 December

Christmas

The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.
International
26 December

Boxing Day

26-31 December

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Planet Ark
At Christmas Australians buy more, travel more and eat more than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the environmental and financial impact of these festive activities, Planet Ark has come up with 12 simple, positive actions - the 12 Do's of Christmas.
National
1300 733 712

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January 2015

1 January 2015

New Year's Day

1-31 January 2015

Veganuary

Viva
Eat delicious, healthy food, save lives and help the environment. Join thousands of people going vegan for the month of January.
International
16-18 January 2015

Ride to Cure Diabetes

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
The Ride to Cure Diabetes creates a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes. Held in the Barossa Valley, Riders choose to challenge themselves on one of three professionally run courses of 35km, 80km or 160km. Some people come for the day while others stay for the weekend commemorating their great achievements with superb food and wine and fantastic accommodation.
SA
16-25 January 2015

Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF)

One of Australia's best celebrated events, TCMF will be held from Friday 18 January to Sunday 27 January 2013. It's the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 10 in the world! There is a variety of country music showcased during the festival with over 2,200 events and 4,000 different performances or gigs in 80 different venues. There are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day - it is no wonder we attract over 55,000 visitors.
NSW
26 January 2015

Australia Day

National Australia Day Council
Australia Day is a day to celebrate the past, present and future of the country. It is a commemoration of the day that the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, as well as a celebration of all the achievements of our country. At its core Australia Day is driven by communities who celebrate everything they love about living in Australia and about being an Australian.
National
02 6120 0600
Old Parliament House, King George Terrace
PARKES ACT 2600

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February 2015

1-28 February 2015

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Australia
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month campaigns to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for our programs.
National
1-28 February 2015

FebFast

Febfast aims to give individuals the tools and opportunity to reflect, change and break existing routines that inhibit wellness, starting with alcohol consumption.
1-28 February 2015

Heart Research Month

Heart Research Australia
Heart Research Month raises awareness about the devastating impact of heart disease and the need for ongoing research. Heart Research Australia's focus is to obtain funding for pioneering, first-stage research to find breakthroughs for treating heart disease. Heart disease is the largest killer of Australians, and affects 2 out of 3 families. During the month there is a particular emphasis on 14 February.
National
4 February 2015

World Cancer Day

Union for International Cancer Control
It is the occassion to unite the world in the fight against the disease through raising awareness, educating the public, and lobbying for change. It is only by every person, organisation, and government, individually doing their part, that the world will be able to reduce the global cancer burden.
International
7-28 February 2015

The Sustainable Living Festival

Sustainable Living Foundation
The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face. This year the festival continues engaging individuals and communities across Australia to host and promote sustainability events, extending the reach of the sustainability message to the cities, suburbs and streets of the nation.
VIC
03 9249 1888
03 9249 1899
Level 6 225 Bourke Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
10 February 2015

Safer Internet Day

Cyber Smart
Safer Internet day encourages families, libraries and schools to learn and connect together. Take positive actions and teach each other about staying safe online.
International
13 February 2015

Apology Anniversary

National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC)
The NSDC holds annual celebratory events on the Anniversary of the Apology (13 February each year) as a mark of respect of the achievement that was the apology to the Stolen Generations, but also as an act of reminder to the broader public, to the country's politicians and policy makers, that sorry is more than a word, and that communities, Stolen Generations focussed community and peak body organisations, and government politicians and policy makers must continue to work together in order to achieve key outcomes for the Stolen Generations.
National
13 February - 1 March 2015

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the Chinese calendar, and continues for 15 days. During celebrations people clean their houses to drive away the bad luck of the previous year. 2015 will be the year of the Sheep.
International
28 February 2015

Summer's Day

KidSafe Qld
Summer's Day Is a National day to remember all the children who have lost their lives as the result of preventable injury and to assist those children and family members who are still struggling with the consequences of preventable injuries (accidents). Summer's Day is named in honour of 4 year old Summer Steer who swallowed a button battery. Return spent button batteries to your nearest Battery World (Australia-wide).
National

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May 2015

10 May 2015

Mother's Day

Mothers Day is the annual celebration of mothers and the hard work they do.
International
10 May 2015

Mothers Day Classic

National Breast Cancer Foundation
An annual tradition, the Mother's Day Classic fun run and walk provides the community with a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and raise funds for breast cancer research.
National
1800 060 687

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AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL TERM DATES

 

    2014 2015 2016 2017
ACT Term 1 31/01 - 11/04 30/01 - 10/04
  Term 2 28/04 - 04/07 27/04 - 03/07
  Term 3 31/07 - 26/09 20/07 - 25/09
  Term 4 13/10 - 17/12 12/10 - 18/12
NSW Term 1 27/01 - 11/04 27/01 - 02/04
  Term 2 28/04 - 27/06 20/04 - 26/06
  Term 3 14/07 - 19/09 13/07 - 18/09
  Term 4 07/10 - 19/12 06/10 - 18/12
NT Term 1 24/01 - 04/04 23/01 - 02/04 22/01 - 01/04 27/01 - 07/04
  Term 2 14/04 - 20/06 13/04 - 19/06 11/04 - 24/06 18/04 - 23/06
  Term 3 21/07 - 26/09 20/07 - 25/09 25/07 - 30/09 24/07 - 29/09
  Term 4 06/10 - 11/12 05/10 - 10/12 10/10 - 15/12 09/10 - 15/12
QLD Term 1 28/01 - 04/04 27/01 - 02/04
  Term 2 22/04 - 27/06 20/04 - 26/06
  Term 3 14/07 - 19/09 13/07 - 18/09
  Term 4 07/10 - 12/12 06/10 - 11/12
SA Term 1 28/01 - 11/04 27/01 - 10/06
  Term 2 28/04 - 04/07 27/04 - 03/07
  Term 3 21/07 - 26/09 20/07 - 25/09
  Term 4 13/10 - 12/12 12/10 - 11/12
TAS Term 1 04/02 - 17/04 03/02 - 02/04
  Term 2 05/05 - 04/07 20/04 - 03/07
  Term 3 21/07 - 26/09 20/07 - 25/09
  Term 4 13/10 - 18/12 12/10 - 17/12
VIC Term 1 01/02 - 04/04 01/02 - 27/03 28/01 - 24/03 31/01 - 31/03
  Term 2 22/04 - 27/06 13/04 - 26/06 11/04 - 24/06 18/04 - 30/06
  Term 3 14/07 - 19/09 13/07 - 18/09 11/07 - 16/09 17/07 - 22/09
  Term 4 06/10 - 19/12 05/10 - 18/12 03/10 - 20/12 09/10 - 22/12
WA Term 1 03/02 - 11/04 02/02 - 02/04 01/02 - 08/04 01/02 - 07/04
  Term 2 28/04 - 04/07 20/04 - 03/07 26/04 - 01/07 24/04 - 30/06
  Term 3 21/07 - 26/09 20/07 - 25/09 18/07 - 23/09 17/07 - 22/09
  Term 4 13/10 - 18/12 12/10 - 17/12 10/10 - 15/12 09/10 - 14/12





AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

2014

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's DayNational
26 JanuarySundayAustralia Day National
27 JanuaryMondayAustralia Day ReplacementNational
3 MarchMondayLabour DayWestern Australia
10 MarchMondayAdelaide Cup DaySouth Australia
10 MarchMondayLabour DayVictoria
10 MarchMondayEight Hour DayTasmania
10 MarchMondayCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory
18 AprilFridayEaster - Good FridayNational
21 AprilMondayEaster MondayNational
25 AprilFridayANZAC DayNational
5 MayMondayMay DayNorthern Territory
2 JuneMondayWestern Australia DayWestern Australia
9 JuneMondayQueen's BirthdayAll states except Western Australia
13 AugustWednesdayRoyal Queensland Show Queensland (Brisbane area only)
29 SeptemberMondayQueen's BirthdayWestern Australia
29 September MondayFamily and Community DayAustralian Capital Territory
6 OctoberMondayLabour DayQueensland, New South Wales, Australia Capital Territory & South Australia
4 NovemberTuesdayMelbourne Cup DayVictoria
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas DayNational
26 DecemberFridayBoxing DayNational
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United Nations Years

2013 - International Year of Water Cooperation
2013 - International Year of Quinoa
2014 - International Year of Crystallography
2014 - International Year of Family Farming
2014 - International Year of Small Island Developing States

Website: www.un.org/en/events/observances/years.shtml

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United Nations Decades

2005-2014 - Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Pople
2005-2014 - United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
2005-2015 - International Decade for Action, "Water for Life"
2006-2016 - Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions (third decade after the Chernobyl disaster)
2008-2017 - Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
2010-2020 - United Nations Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification
2011-2020 - Decade of Action for Road Safety
2011-2020 - United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
2011-2020 - Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism
2014-2024 - United Nationas Decade of Sustainabe Energy for All

Website: www.un.org/en/events/observances/decades.shtml

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State and Federal Election Dates

Next Election
Federal TBA

Australian Capital Territory Fixed Date: 15 October 2016 unless this conflicts with a Federal election in which case it would be held on the first Saturday of December i.e. 3 December 2016. If an extraordinary election has been held in the 6 months before the day the ordinary election is scheduled for, the ordinary election is not held.
New South Wales Fixed Date: The 3rd Saturday in March, every four years. 21 March 2015.
Northern Territory Fixed Date: 27 August 2016

Queensland

The Queensland election can be called anytime. The writ is usually, but not always announced on a Tuesday. The Government of the day determines the period for the election which ranges from a minimum 26 days to a maximum of 56 days. The last possible date for the next Queensland State General Election will be Saturday 20 June 2015.

South Australia Fixed Date: 15 March 2014
Tasmania

The Tasmanian Premier has called an election for 15 March 2014.

Victoria Fixed Date: 29 November 2014
Western Australia Fixed Date: 11 March 2017

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