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1 January - 31 December

Year of Lifelong Learning #YOLL2018

Adult Learning Australia

Join with us in celebrating 2018 as the year of lifelong learning! #YOLL2018

Celebrate the power of people continuing to learn throughout their lives. We know from research both in Australia and internationally that when people take an active approach to learning in their adult years they develop the skills, confidence and courage to live independently, find new work and to shine at new skills. Taking time for learning as an adult is the key to a healthy and active life, to staying connected in communities, as well as to finding new or better work - it's a lifechanger!

We are encouraging communities to put a focus on adult learning as a lifelong activity throughout 2018. To coincide with this we are calling on the Australian government to adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning as an essential feature of an inclusive, healthy, equitable and sustainable future for Australia.


1-10 April
(date to be confirmed)

NSW Seniors Week

The Department of Family and Community Services NSW

NSW Seniors Week is the largest annual celebration of seniors in the southern hemisphere.

Every March during NSW Seniors Week, government, community and commercial organisations hold hundreds of events across the state - art, technology, entertainment, health, wellbeing, sport and much more! 2015 NSW Seniors Week will be held Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 March.


NSW Seniors Week project team
Locked Bag 4001
1-30 April
(date to be confirmed)

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 approximately 20,000 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.

3 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.

6 April - 8 May
(date to be confirmed)

White Shirt Day

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, often known as a "silent-killer" as symptoms are vague and often strike without warning. By wearing a white shirt or t-shirt on this day you will be showing your support for women and their families impacted by ovarian cancer along with the OCRF's vital research.

8-14 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

9 April
(date to be confirmed)

Riot Grrrl Day

April 9 is Riot Grrrl Day, in honor of Bikini Kill/The Julie Ruin/Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna. Riot grrrl is an underground feminist hardcore punk movement that originally started in the early 1990s and served as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.
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.

11-22 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

13 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

15 April
(date to be confirmed)

MS Melbourne Cycle

MS Melbourne Cycle
The MS Melbourne Cycle is the perfect opportunity to get on your bike with friends or family and explore Melbourne while showing your support for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

15 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

16-22 April
(date to be confirmed)

National Advance Care Planning Week

Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance care planning is invaluable because it ensures your voice is heard if medical decisions have to be made for you. Having a plan means your friends, family and doctors aren't guessing what's important to you or what an acceptable outcome is for your life.

Get the conversation started in your community during National Advance Care Planning Week by hosting or attending a local event.


18 April
(date to be confirmed)

The National Trust Heritage Festival

The National Trust
Celebrate our nation's multicultural makeup with 1500 events across Australia during April.

22-28 April
(date to be confirmed)

World Allergy Week

World Allergy Organisation
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.

24 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

27 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.

30 April
(date to be confirmed)

Email Debt Forgiveness Day

It's easy to forget, to delay, to decide it takes too long to sit down and write down whole sentences of thought in our multi-platform, hyper-distracted culture. But Email Debt Forgiveness day is an awesome motivation to catch up on those emails you've meant to send or are anxiously avoiding.

Together, we can all make our inboxes less stressful for another year.

1 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

1-6 May
(date to be confirmed)

Irabina Superhero Fun Run

Walk or run 4km or 8km around the Tan Track, Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens. Join Irabina Autism Services and mascot Spectro as we raise funds to support those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Adults $45, Children (Under 16 years) $25, Infants (Under 5 years) FREE.

03 9720 1118
Tank Track - Botanic Gardens
1-6 May
(date to be confirmed)

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. 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.

1-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

International Composting Awareness Week

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.

1 May 2018 - 31 May 2019

Mercy May

Mercy Ships Australia
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.

2-8 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Family Day Care Week

Family Day Care Australia
National Family Day Care Week offers a chance for the family day care sector to unite and celebrate the amazing work of educators and approved services in shaping the lives of more than 142,400 children around the country.

4 May
(date to be confirmed)

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 we're holding Play Outside Day. Let's reclaim nature and grow our connection with each other and the places we love!

4-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

4-8 May
(date to be confirmed)

Live Below the Line

Oaktree Foundation
From 4-8 May, 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.

12 May 2017 - 5 May 2018
(date to be confirmed)

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.

5-11 May
(date to be confirmed)

Sydney to Surfers

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

6 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

6-12 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

7 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.
7 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

7-13 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

8 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Amyloidosis Day

Adam Gardiner Fund Inc
National Amyloidosis Day intends to raise funds and awareness for Amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which abnormal protein, known as amyloid fibrils, builds up in tissue.

10 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

10 May
(date to be confirmed)

Missing Orangutan Mothers

Orangutan Outreach
Orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly close relationship. Baby orangutans don't have a support network around to give them the many lessons of finding food, building nests and other survival skills. Because of the growing demand for palm oil, though, more and more orangutan mothers are being killed every year on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

13 May

Mother's Day

Mothers Day is the annual celebration of mothers and the hard work they do.
13-19 May
(date to be confirmed)

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

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.

13-19 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

14-18 May
(date to be confirmed)

Myopia Awareness Week

Brien Holden Vision Institute
The aims of Myopia Awareness week are:
  1. To raise awareness in the Australian community about myopia
  2. To highlight the critical role optometrists play in changing the way we think and treat myopia
  3. To encourage the new standards of care (myopia control and management) to be adopted by optometrists.

15-21 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Law Week

Law Week is an annual event, held in May, to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

15 May - 14 June

Ramadan - 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.

18 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

18 May 2018 - 18 May 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Vesak - Festival of Light

The Great Stupa Bendigo
Millions of Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognised United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

20 May
(date to be confirmed)

Girl Guides Australia National Biscuit Day

Girl Guides Australia
On May 20, Girl Guides across Australia sell Girl Guide Biscuits with all funds raised directly supporting local Girl Guides in the community. The theme for 2017 is "Give her change. She'll make change."

20-26 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.

21-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Thyroid Awareness Week

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
Are you familiar with how your thyroid affects your health? Thyroid Awareness Week aims to educate all Australians about the importance of good thyroid health and role of hormones in controlling our metabolism

21-28 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

22 May

Bitcoin Pizza Day

Bitcoin (BTC) users around the world celebrate "Bitcoin Pizza Day" today, May 22. The price of one of the legendary pizzas purchased on this day in 2010 was worth $41.4m in 2018.
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