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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and every year many events take place during October including the National Awareness Event, Light it Red for Dyslexia, which started in 2015.
Light it Red for Dyslexia is an annual event that is administered by Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia on behalf of the national Dyslexia Support Groups. Throughout the month of October significant monuments and buildings around Australia are lit up in the colour red for Dyslexia Awareness.
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.
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 Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is coordinated by Adopt Change and is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a pro-adoption community.
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.
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.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Research and Information
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.
To lose a baby is an agonizing heartache we wish no one would have to go through. If you have lost a baby, you are not alone: 1 out every 4 Australian women has lost a baby, too. Many bereaved parents find that being able to honour their babies on 15th Oct helps them on their journey to overcome the grief.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD)
This year we will be hosting the 3rd International Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day.
DLD is a developmental disability which affects who a person thinks about, understands and uses language. The cause for this is unknown and affects approximately 7% of the population. It is often referred to as a hidden disability, as people with DLD look like everyone else. It is hidden, but very common and often goes undiagnosed. As you can imagine, difficulties with language development significantly impacts a person's ability to make friends, learn at school and enter the workforce. A person with DLD is also at high risk of incarceration, anxiety/depression and suicide.
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.
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.
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.
Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date! The next Garage Sale Trail is happening on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2018.
It's fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you're looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!
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.
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!
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.
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).
World Polio Day serves as a reminder that the disease, which can cause lifelong paralysis, is almost eradicated. The day is used to raise funds for polio foundations to continue their efforts to finally see the end of polio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Becoming vegan is the best way to help animals, the environment, and your health - and it's easier than you might think.
There are a number of reasons why people choose to go vegan. The most popular ones are:
It eliminates suffering and saves the lives of thousands of animals;
It boosts your health and increases your life expectancy; and
Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it's a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says - life is a team sport!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet every day - that's almost 8 hours a month. To raise funds and awareness for the 1 in 3 people worldwide who don't have access to a decent toilet, WaterAid is inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time during November to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month, ask friends to sponsor you, and help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don't have access to a decent dunny.
Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.
November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with E-Tea! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. You'll receive a FREE goodie pack and access to loads of resources like posters, games, and invitations when you register - so get that kettle on and make a difference!
Damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.
The theme of Australian Food Safety Week will be 'Is it done yet? Using a thermometer to check if your food is cooked safely'. We will be encouraging consumers to buy and use food thermometers to cook food safely with the aim of reducing the 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year. Events will be held around the country.
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005.
Since then PANDA has been leading the perinatal mental health sector in promoting the
Week to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.
Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.
Variety - the Children's Charity is all about helping Aussie kids be kids! Variety is championing Alopecia Awareness Week, raising awareness and raising funds to provide wigs to children effected by the condition. You can get involved by donating your hair to be made into a wig or hold a fundraiser to purchase a wig for a child.
Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.
During the global campaign, our aim is to create behavioural changes that drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in Australia by health professionals and misuse of antibiotics by the public. Download the Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign toolkit to find out everything you need to know about the week and access useful materials and resources.