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.
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.
Every month in the Northern Territory, CareFlight crews fly 80,000 kilometres to provide care for more than 500 patients.
During May, we're asking Australians to sign up to our CareFlight Territory Challenge and collectively match this distance by setting your own exercise challenge. Sign up FREE to complete a kilometre goal throughout May, or set a goal of the hours you'll work out during the month. You can take part on your own, or in a team, and reach your Challenge target through any form/s of exercise and in any location.
The National Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign is hosted during the month of May. Each year the National Office in conjunction with its State and Territory associations host many awareness initiatives and fundraising events through May.
For the last couple of years we have encouraged people to participate in a challenge themed around the number 65. Supporters have embraced this concept with many wonderful ideas for challenges.
This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.
Prader-Willi syndrome is a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, to date there is no cure. There are no known reasons for the genetic accident that causes this condition, but we are learning more about PWS everyday, and there is hope. Hope that, through increased knowledge, we can help all people with this condition to live a fuller life despite their limitations.
Throughout May, we aim to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome to help boost the possibility of finding a cure.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macula Month is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free macular degeneration information kit is available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia by calling the Helpline 1800 111 709.
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.
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a collection of thirteen multi-systemic, heritable disorders affecting connective tissue, the most abundant tissues in the body. With the exception of the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, each type is a distinct entity defined by mutations in a single or small set of genes. Common features among the types include joint hypermobility, skin fragility, chronic pain, and fatigue. More severe types, such as Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can be life-threatening, as fragile blood vessels and internal organs can spontaneously rupture.
For more information, go to ehlers-danlos.com
Art for Epilepsy brings together the talented Australian artists in support of those impacted by epilepsy in an online auction. A broad range of artists take part to provide something to suit all tastes and budgets. Each work contains the colour purple, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, and are auctioned off through our website. Grab yourself an original piece of art for a great cause!
EAT GOOD. DO GOOD. FEEL GOOD. Victoria's homelessness crisis now affects almost 23,000 people. Throughout May, participating restaurants, cafes and bars join will forces with diners to raise money to support Sacred Heart Mission's Meals Program, which provides hearty, free meals every day for up to 400 people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and social isolation.
Thousands of Australians will eat on $2 a day for five days. Feeding yourself on $2 a day is the equivalent of living below the extreme poverty line. It's a way to raise much-needed funds for Oaktree's overseas partners, as well as gain a unique insight into some of the challenges faced by those living in extreme poverty.
Natural Medicine Week, hosted in May each year aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians, proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society.
Natural Medicine Week is a great opportunity for natural medicine practitioners and users to come together to share knowledge and good health via a range of special online events running throughout the week. You can learn more about how natural therapies can support your health, get tips via the blog, or make a healthy recipe.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey-the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
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.
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.
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.
Is it just us or are jokes about eyes getting cornea by the day? Terrible jokes aside, Orthoptic Awareness Week is a week of serious business held each year by the Orthoptic Association of Australia. As well as raising awareness of the profession of Orthoptics, it promotes the importance of regular eye examinations for eye related issues.
RISING is a surge of art, music, performance and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne.
Under the full moon from 26 May to 6 June 2021, the city will re-synchronise and be re-energised with public art, performance and music spanning the emerging and iconic, the epic and intimate. RISING Festival takes the place of White Night.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1-30), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
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.
Migraine Awareness Month is an International Event held every year in June and is organised in Australia by Migraine Australia, a national patient advocacy organisation founded to support all Australians living with migraine and their families.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is an international initiative that invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).
IMHAW promotes the importance of attachment and responsive, sensitive caregiving experiences for infant-family relationships beginning in the antenatal period.
World Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities. The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia and ASCIA (as a member society of the WAO) are supporting this initiative in Australia and New Zealand through our new 'wear a spot of red' campaign. This campaign encourages our supporters to help raise awareness and funds to support research into allergy, by wearing a spot of red or holding an event in their home, school or workplace.
Observed annually on June 14, International Bath Day roots back to Greek Archimedes who discovered on this day that an object's volume can be measured by submerging it into water. Archimedes discovered this while being in the bath!
International Bath Day is celebrated by letting children play in the bath enabling them to explore and rejoice over their own new amazing bath time discoveries!
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day, when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities.
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.
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.
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder in which abnormal haemoglobin is produced. Patients with this condition suffer from anaemia and pain crises amongst other complications due to abnormal sickled red blood cells. World Sickle Cell day was established based on recommendation by the United Nations is celebrated every year to raise awareness of the condition to improve treatment and search for a cure.
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.
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.
Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the world. Sending handwritten cards generates positive feelings and wellbeing. Science has shown that receiving a handwritten card creates a lovely warm positive boost. The fact that you have spent the time to make or chose a card, write it and send it makes people feel far more special and cared for than receiving instant texts, emails or Facebook messages.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
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.
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.
Having dogs in the workplace has a whole range of benefits - from reducing stress to increasing productivity and improving team relationships. It's also great for your dog, who gets to spend the day with you rather than at home alone.
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.
This international day raises awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure more people know about the condition and more people who suffer PTSD will seek treatment. PTSD is the most common mental health disorder after depression. In Australia the day is recognised by the Department of Health.
Heart Failure Awareness Week encourages all Australians to learn the symptoms of heart failure (HF) and the best actions to take to be smart about your heart. HF affects an estimated half a million Australians and is the number one cause of hospitalisation in people over the age of sixty-five, but with early diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes, a person with heart failure can reduce their risk of hospitalisation and improve their quality of life. Many patients living with HF lead normal, active lifestyles.
You've only got one heart, don't fail it. Speak with your GP and get your heart checked.
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.
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.
You can follow along by tracking the #smday hashtag, and by connecting with fellow social-media fans at a Social Media Day Meetup near you.
For updates and to find out what other organizers are up to, follow our @mashsmday Twitter account, and like our Social Media Day Facebook page.
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.