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1 January - 31 December
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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.

National

info@ala.asn.au
1-28 February

International Childhood Heart Disease (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.

12-18 February
(date to be confirmed)

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.

14 February
(date to be confirmed)

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.

14 February
(date to be confirmed)

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
(date to be confirmed)

1 Billion Rising

V-Day
1 Billion Rising aims to mobilise, engage, awaken and join people worldwide to end violence against women - and make violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion
International

14-21 February
(date to be confirmed)

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

17 February
(date to be confirmed)

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

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.

27 February
(date to be confirmed)

Business Clean Up Day

Clean Up Australia
By participating in Business Clean Up Day you are doing your part to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. It's also a fantastic way to be seen as a community leader and engage with your staff, customers and local community. Previous Business Clean Up Day's have proven to be excellent team building events and great for staff morale.
National

1-31 March
(date to be confirmed)

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.

2 March
(date to be confirmed)

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.
National

3-11 March
(date to be confirmed)

Parks Week

Parks Week 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

5-10 March
(date to be confirmed)

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

5-11 March
(date to be confirmed)

Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Australia
1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease. Kidney Health Week (encompassing World Kidney Day on 9 March) is a national, community campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys, and to shine a light on prevention and early detection of kidney disease, which affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians - 90% of whom don't know they have it. Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.
National

VIC
11 March
(date to be confirmed)

Cycle of Giving

The Common Good
Every year The Common Good hosts the Cycle of Giving; a cycling event to raise funds for organ transplant research. The Prince Charles Hospital is one of the leading organ and tissue transplant facilities in Australia, and every dollar raised through the Cycle of Giving goes to supporting cutting edge organ transplant research at the facility. Just $44 powers one hour of critical research at the hospital. You can participate in a 25, 65 or 100 kilometre ride on the 28 February 2016 and help to raise funds for this important cause.
QLD

11 March
(date to be confirmed)

Race For Kids

Royal Bank of Canada
RBC Race for the Kids is part of Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) "Kids Pledge," which is a five-year, $100 million commitment to improve the wellbeing of 1 million children and young people. Last year, the race took place in more than 15 locations including London, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Sydney, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, attracting more than 124,000 global participants. Since its launch in New York in 2008, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over US$27 million for children's charities around the globe. RBC supports a wide range of programs that address the needs of the 'whole' child - mind, body and spirit-so that all children have a chance to reach their potential someday.
International

12-18 March
(date to be confirmed)

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

13-20 March

Coeliac Awareness Week

Coeliac Australia
Coeliac Awareness Week is held annually from 13-20 March. Coeliac disease remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in Australia. Public recognition of coeliac disease and the potential reactions to gluten (often self-diagnosed!) have never been higher, yet awareness of the condition among medical professionals continues to be low.

14-18 March
(date to be confirmed)

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.

16 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
16 March
(date to be confirmed)

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

17-25 March
(date to be confirmed)

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

18 March
(date to be confirmed)

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
18 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

19-23 March
(date to be confirmed)

Walk for Water

How far would you walk for a glass of water? Some women and children have to walk more than 30 minutes a day. To mark World Water Day, walk 10,000 steps for 5 days while raising money to help provide lifesaving clean water for some of the world's poorest communities.

19-29 March
(date to be confirmed)

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

20-21 March
(date to be confirmed)

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 March
(date to be confirmed)

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 - 27 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

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

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

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

23 March

Orthoptic Awareness Week

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.
National

03 9857 9390
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 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

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

25 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.

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

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

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

30 March

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.

30 March

Good Friday

Good Friday is a religious holiday primarily observed by Christians commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
30 March - 7 April

Passover

Probably the best known Jewish holiday, Passover commemorates the story of the exodus, where the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery.
International
31 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

31 March - 9 April
(date to be confirmed)

National Youth Week

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.

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