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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.


1-31 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
(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.

16 March
(date to be confirmed)

Close The Gap Day

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.

1800 088 110
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.

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.

03 9292 2901
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.

23 March
(date to be confirmed)

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.

23 March
(date to be confirmed)

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.

03 9857 9390
24 March

Earth Hour 8.30pm

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.

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)

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.

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).

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.

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