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1 September - 31 October
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2017 Great Northern Clean Up

Clean Up Australia
The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during September and October - a time of year which is more suitable for communities living in the tropical North.
Since the campaign started in 2009 more than 30,000 volunteers have removed the equivalent of 1,800 ute loads of rubbish from 813 sites north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
This coming September /October we take to the streets, parks, beaches, bush land and waterways to remove rubbish that has accumulated after the dry season.
National

02 8197 3412
18 September - 13 November
(date to be confirmed)

The Bloody Long Walk

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
A 35km challenge in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to raise funds to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease (mito) - a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body's cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death.
National

30 September - 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

30 September - 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

30 September - 31 October

Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Foundation
The first month-long observance for lupus awareness occurred when President Reagan signed Public Law 99-365, designating October 1986 as Lupus Awareness Month. It marks the occasion to highlight the need for more awareness and financial support for a potentially fatal disease that affects close to 6 million world-wide.

30 September - 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.

30 September - 31 October

Great Cycle Challenge Australia

Children's Medical Research Institute
Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes this October and ride to fight kids' cancer!
Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

30 September - 31 October

Girls' Night In

Cancer Council
Cancer Council's Girls' Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters. By bringing the ladies in your life together for this special event you will be raising much needed funds to help beat women's cancers.

30 September - 31 October

Ocsober

Life Education
Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. 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

30 September - 31 October

National Safe Work 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.

30 September - 31 October

Mental Health Month NSW

Mental Health Association NSW
Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign centres on World Mental Health Day, which is marked each year on October 10.
NSW

NSW 2011
30 September - 31 October

Nude Food Day

Nutrition Australia
Nude Food Day is a nationwide initiative developed to encourage kids and parents to eat well and live well, and eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into schools. Nude Food Day can be celebrated any day (or everyday!) in October.

30 September - 31 October

Buy Nothing New Month

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

30 September - 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

30 September - 31 October

Community Safety Month

Community Safety Month is held every October and reminds us that we all have a role in making our communities safer. Local communities, groups, schools, regional services, businesses, state and local government departments and agencies, are encouraged to build community safety partnerships by organising safety activities with other organisations and groups.

30 September - 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

30 September - 31 October

Foot Health Month

Australasian Podiatry Council
Foot Health Month in October is a time to look after and love your feet.
National

VIC 3057
8-14 October

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Foundation of Australia
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

8-14 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

8-14 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

9-15 October
(date to be confirmed)

Seniors Week TAS

Council on the Ageing TAS
Seniors Week aims to improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation and activity by older people, and enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships. Why not register an event under the theme 'the intergenerations' - seniors sharing fun activities with younger folks. Check out their website for more information.

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

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

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

11 October
(date to be confirmed)

headspace day

headspace
The first ever headspace day will be held on 11 October. #headspaceday is about ensuring young people across the country have access to youth friendly, mental health services, no matter where they live. By picking up an Access All Areas wristband from your local headspace centre, you can show your support for young people experiencing mental health issues and the importance of access to services for all young people.
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
(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

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

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

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

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 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

National Smashed Avo Day - Brunch for a Cause

National Smashed Avo Day
An annual national brunch event held simultaneously in cafe, restaurants, clubs, homes and parks across the country to raise funds for youth and homeless charities in Australia. Participants will join in with friends and family for Sunday brunch at their favourite local brunch spot, enjoy great food, support local businesses and be encouraged to donate directly to nominated charities via the www.givenow.com.au website. The day's events will be promoted and shared via @smashedavoday on Instagram and our unique social media tags #smashedavoday #brunchforacause #biggestbrunch
National

15-21 October

National 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

15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

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
15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

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.

15-21 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

15-21 October

Anti Poverty Week

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

15-21 October

National Nutrition Week

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

16 October

Blue Knot Day

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)
Blue Knot Day is ASCA's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

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

Wellness Walk & Festival

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
The Wellness Walk is a yearly event taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the finishing line at Government House to enjoy the celebratory Wellness Festival! It's a family friendly walk with an easy route suitable for all ages & abilities.
The walk raises awareness for mental illness & encourages walking as a way to improve mental wellness. This is a wonderful event brings together people from all walks of life in a positive, active and fun environment because together we make a difference.

16-20 October

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

16-24 October
(date to be confirmed)

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Birdlife Australia
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - BirdLife Australia's first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you'll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!
National

16-25 October
(date to be confirmed)

Fair Food Week

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)
Coordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), to support the Peoples' Food Plan, Australia's Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food.

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

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

19 October

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
International
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

21 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

21 October

Pink Ribbon Day

The Cancer Council
Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.

21-22 October

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is a national program that's about sustainability, community, commerce and fun! By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same weekend we aim to promote reuse, reduce waste to landfill, enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies.

21-29 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

22-28 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

23 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

23-29 October
(date to be confirmed)

Disarmament Week

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

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

25 October

National Day of Unity

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders announced a National Day of Unity in response to growing reports of discrimination, violence and rising tensions within the Australian community.

25 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

27 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

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

27 October

Day for Daniel (Morcombe)

Daniel Morcombe Foundation
The Day for Daniel is a National Day of Action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention.

28 October
(date to be confirmed)

Big Cake Bake

Red Cross
Big Cake Bake is a delicious way to raise funds for Red Cross and help bake the world a better place.
National

1800 652 635
28 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

31 October

Howl-o-ween

World Animal Protection
This Halloween World Animal Protection are calling on animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event and raise funds to help protect animals from suffering around the world.

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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