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617 community events listed
1 August - 31 October
Today

Great Northern Clean Up

Clean Up Australia
The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during the months of August, 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 year the event is taking place during the months of August-October when an estimated 3,851 volunteers have already removed around 277 ute loads of rubbish from 126 sites across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
National

02 8197 3412
Tuesday 1 September

Wattle Day

Wattle Day Association
Wattle Day is oriented towards the future, encompassing positive virtues in the celebration of Australia and the Australian spirit.
National

Tuesday 1 September
(date to be confirmed)

Footy Colours Day

Fight Cancer Foundation
Footy Colours Day is the one day in September that you can fight cancer and change lives. Thousands of Australians unite and wear their favourite football team's colours - AFL - NRL - Rugby Union - Soccer, to help raise money for children living with cancer. So show your true colours in your workplace, school or club and make a difference to the lives of children fighting cancer, by participating in Footy Colours Day. Wear your football teams colours, guernseys, scarf, beanies and make a donation to Fight Cancer Foundation
National

Tuesday 1 September

Gold Bow Day

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
The ATF Gold Bow Day highlights the increase in thyroid cancer and gives support to thyroid cancer patients undergoing Radio-Active Iodine Treatment.
National
1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

Spina Bifida Awareness Week

Spina Bifida Foundation of Vic (inc)
Spina Bifida Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of the disease that affects roughly 5,000 Australians.
VIC

1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

Legacy Week

Legacy
Legacy Week is an important fundraising day for many Australians. Over 100,000 war widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities benefit from the money raised. Many Australians regard this as one of the best times to remember the sacrifice made by many Australian soldiers and their families.
National

1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Child Protection Week

NAPCAN
National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by NAPCAN, with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990.

The campaign aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.
National

1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

Badge Day

Legacy
Badge Day is part of Legacy Week. Iconic badges are offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependants with a disability.

1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Asthma Week

Asthma Foundation of Victoria
Activities organised to promote awareness of asthma to the general community - and highlight ways to help people manage asthma. Each state/ territory foundation organises individual events and is run during the first week of Sept each year.
National

1-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learning Australia
Australia's only national celebration and promotion of all forms of adult learning.
National

1-9 September
(date to be confirmed)

History Week

History Council NSW
History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

1-30 September
Today

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September.The national event is used to raise awareness of the importance of mens health, and regular prostate checks.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Starlight Movie Month

Starlight Children's Foundation
Starlight Movie Month is a chance for your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families.

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Desexing Month

Unplanned litters contribute to the overpopulation of cats and dogs and if you choose not to desex your pet then you are inviting the possibility of your pet breeding. National Desexing Month specials are offered to the general public usually during the month of July. National Desexing Month (NDM) is being planned for SEPTEMBER 2020, due to the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Big Heart Appeal

Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease. As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in wills to continue our lifesaving research, education and health promotion work.
National

1-30 September
Today

Debris Month of Action

Project AWARE
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year, and scuba divers are doing their bit to battle this silent killer. During September, action is ramped up in order to combat the growing marine debris problem and inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris.

1-30 September
Today

Liptember

Liptember Foundation
Liptember is a campaign raising funds and awareness for women's mental health during the month of September. All funds raised during the month of September are donated to the Centre for Women's Health and Lifeline.
National

1-30 September
Today

Foster Care Month

The primary aim of Foster Care Month is to raise the profile of fostering in the wider community by promoting the great work done by existing substitute care services in both the Government and non-Government sectors. The month also creates an opportunity to focus on the secondary aim of increasing recruitment by highlighting the ongoing need for the recruitment of appropriate foster care families
National
1-30 September
Today

Dystonia Awareness Month

Australian Dystonia Support Group
Dystonia Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of dystonia - a neurological Movement condition which causes uncontrollable movements, twisting or muscles spasms and pain. There are different forms of dystonia which can also affect a person's speech and swallowing.
National

1-30 September
Today

Blue September

Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Blue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative about all the cancers that affect men - not just prostate and testicular cancer, but also bowel, lung, liver, pancreatic and other cancers. The campaign aims to raise funds for Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation charities to raise men's awareness of cancer and help them to reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer by making better lifestyle choices and seeking help sooner rather than later.
National

1-30 September
Today

Social September

Reach
Social September encourages us all to press pause in September - disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other, and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
National

0404 177 749
1-30 September
Today

Save the Koala Month

Australian Koala Foundation
Save the Koala Month aims to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of wild koalas and their habitats.
National

1-30 September
Today

Dementia Awareness Month

Alzheimer's Australia
Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month.
National

1-30 September
Today

Biodiversity Month

The Department of the Environment and Heritage
Biodiversity Month is held in September each year. The Department of the Environment and Heritage provides support throughout the year with a variety of resources for local groups promoting biodiversity.
National

Wednesday 2 September

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities.
National

Wednesday 2 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Flag Day

Australian National Flag Day Association
Australian National Flag day celebrates the anniversary of the Australian Flag, first flown in 1901.
National

2-6 September
(date to be confirmed)

Women's Health Week

Jean Hailes for Women's Health
Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is a week aimed at encouraging women to take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing. The week includes events in communities around Australia as well as online resources including motivating videos and practical tips and information from experts and ambassadors.
National

2-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Injury Awareness Week

Australian Spine Injury Awareness
Every day in Australia someone's life changes in an instant due to a spinal cord injury. The week is relevant not only to people living with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends; but the broader community, venues and business.

2-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Week

Independence Australia (formerly known as ParaQuad Victoria)
Raising awareness and prevention of spinal cord injury. It is held in the second week of November all around Australia.
National

1300 704 456
208 Wellington Street
COLLINGWOOD VIC 3066
2-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Superhero Week

Muscular Dystrophy Australia
Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and come to school or your workplace dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your school or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.
National

2-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Stroke Week

National Stroke Foundation
National Stroke Week raises awareness of stroke which Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year. Get involved and hold an activity in your community to support the national campaign.
National

1800 STROKE (787 653)
2-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Landcare Week

Landcare Australia

It's National Landcare Week from 2-8 September, a time for all Australians to acknowledge and reflect on the great work being carried out by over a hundred thousand volunteers who give up their valuable time to care for this great country we call home.

Landcarers across Australia grow our food, look after our environment, care for our coastlines, and protect our native animals. National Landcare Week was created to celebrate our hardworking Landcarers who are fostering a better environmental future for all.

NSW

02 9412 1040
02 0412 1060
Level 3, 6 Help Street
CHATSWOOD NSW 2067
3-9 September
(date to be confirmed)

Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week

Hypersomnolence Australia
The most important annual event for Idiopathic Hypersomnia is the International Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® hosted by Hypersomnolence Australia. It is held annually in the first full week in September.
International

PO Box 5278
ALGESTER QLD 4115
Friday 4 September

White Balloon Day

Bravehearts
White Balloon Day is Bravehearts' key annual awareness and fundraising campaign to protect Aussie kids from child sexual assault.
National

Friday 4 September

Walk To Work Day

Diabetes Australia
Now in its 16th year, National Walk to Work Day is an annual event which encourages Australians to build regular walking into their daily routine. People who walk before or during work are generally healthier, more productive and less likely to be absent.

Friday 4 September

World Sexual Health Day

World Association for Sexual Health
In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called all their organisations to celebrate, on each September 4th, World Sexual Health Day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe.
International

Friday 4 September

PKD Awarenesss Day

PKD Australia
PKD Awareness Day raises awareness for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), which is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder of the kidneys and affects around 1 in 1000 people which is more than 25,000 Australians. People with ADPKD will develop multiple fluid filled cysts in their kidneys, as cysts grow and enlarge both kidneys, kidney function declines.
National

Saturday 5 September

International Day of Charity

United Nations
Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people. The day is commemorated by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
International

5-12 September

Australian Dystonia Awareness Week

Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. (DNA)
Australian Dystonia Awareness Week for 2020 is the 5 - 12 of September. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the event will run a little differently this year. Dystonia Network of Australia Inc (DNA) won't be hosting any seminars or awareness days in public hospitals, but will instead be running a webinar for people with Dystonia on Deep Brain Stimulation and sending out packages of our brochures and flyers to introduce the new Australian eHealth App called Careforia for Dystonia to the movement disorder specialists around Australia.
National

(02) 4784 3368
9 Denman Parade
LEURA NSW 2780
Sunday 6 September

Father's Day

The best day to celebrate all fathers across the world and to show your appreciation for them.
Sunday 6 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Duchenne Awareness Day

Save Our Sons
Save Our Sons is the peak body for Duchenne in Australia fighting for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects one in every 3,500 boys. Girls can also be born with Duchenne, but this is very rare. The most common form of muscular dystrophy in children, Duchenne has no cure and no one survives.
International

Monday 7 September
(date to be confirmed)

Threatened Species Day

Department of the Environment
National Threatened Species Day (each year on 7th Sept) is held to encourage the community to help conserve Australia's native fauna and flora. Take action to prevent further extinctions by restoring healthy numbers of endangered species and ecological communities.
National

7-11 September

Women's Health Week

Jen Hailes - Women's Health
Women's Health Week is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls. Run by Jean Hailes for Women's Health, the campaign takes a preventive approach to health by providing resources, tips and information on maintaining good health, inspiring women and girls to learn more and take action.
National

03 9453 8975
Tuesday 8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Tara Day (Buddhist)

The eighth of every month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.
Tuesday 8 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Literacy Day

United Nations
Today one in five adults are illiterate, which causes many social and educational issues. International Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy.
International

8-14 September
(date to be confirmed)

Kidney Health Research Walk

Kidney Health Australia
Dress in red attire or fancy dress and walk (or run) to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Walks are held across Australia and you can even Host Your Own! Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.
National

Wednesday 9 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrom and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)
On the ninth day of the ninth month every year, people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol use during the nine months of pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
International

fasday.com/
9-13 September
(date to be confirmed)

Kids Teaching Kids Week

Kids Teaching Kids
Kids Teaching Kids Week is a free, national, inquiry based, peer teaching program that uses the environment as a theme and focus for learning. Students of all ages find solutions to complex environmental problems such as climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, population and pollution. Students research, develop and then perform songs, comedy, dance routines, poems, plays and experiments for their classmates to deliver their messages about the environment.
National

9-15 September
(date to be confirmed)

Include a Charity Week

Include a charity
Include a Charity Week is a national awareness campaign to encourage more Australians to consider including a charity when preparing, or next updating their Will.
National

9-17 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Organic Week

Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is 10 days of targeted media and locally-staged activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.
National

Thursday 10 September
(date to be confirmed)

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

Lifeline
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44. Lifeline believes we all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

For World Suicide Prevention Day, get involved by joining a walk or organising a walk in your local community.

National

13 11 14
Thursday 10 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Suicide Prevention Day

United Nations
World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners and politicians, clinicians and those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.
International

Saturday 12 September
(date to be confirmed)

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

United Nations
Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation, and in this context reiterating the need for the international community to support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.
International

Saturday 12 September
(date to be confirmed)

R U OK? Day

R U OK Foundation
Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems.
National

Saturday 12 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Health and Physical Education Day

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Inc
National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools. If you are a teacher, why not take your class outside for a lesson or organise a PE-related excursion? Schools, why not plan a fun run or walk for your students? If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?
National

(08) 8352 3288
14-15 September
(date to be confirmed)

Clean up the World Weekend

Clean up Australia
Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. Clean Up the World and its participating organisations mobilise an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.
International

Tuesday 15 September
(date to be confirmed)

Lyme Gladiolus Day

The Karl McManus Foundation
The Karl McManus Foundation holds Lyme Gladiolus Day to raise awaresnees of Lyme disease in Australia. It is also a major day for the foundation's National Lyme Disease Appeal, which aims to raise $1 million for research into Lyme disease in Australia, and to raise public awareness of Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
National

Tuesday 15 September

International Day of Democracy

United Nations
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
International

Tuesday 15 September
(date to be confirmed)

Sustainable House Day

Alternative Technology Association
Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia's most environmentally progressive homes, on show on Sustainable House Day.
National

Wednesday 16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

United Nations
This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer. All Member States are invited to devote this special day to promotion, at the national level, of concrete activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendment.
International

Wednesday 16 September

Pet Promise Day

Safe Pets Safe Families Inc
A lot of pets get surrendered or euthanised for reasons that could have been avoided or preventable, so we have created Pet Promise Day, a national awareness day that will bring about awareness and education that will help people understand what it takes to own a pet and picking the best pet for them. This will help reduce the number of pets being surrendered or euthanised and complement our charity's cause.

Thursday 17 September

Australian Citizenship Day

Australian Government
The day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian. It is a chance for all of us to think about the events and people that shaped our nation. We also reflect on the role we play in building Australia and shaping our future.
National
18-20 September
Today

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish celebration that is commonly referred to as Jewish New Year. It is a time of casting off sins and preparing for a new year.
International
Saturday 19 September

Talk like a Pirate day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th every year - a chance for anyone to talk like a pirate.
International

Saturday 19 September

National Thank A Cop Day

Imagine a society without our police. I know the answer to that because we couldn't function without them and yet we rarely get to thank them personally for what they do. National Thank A Cop Day is your opportunity to make them feel valued and loved. On the 19th September annually is the community's chance during Police Week to personally thank each and everyone of them. Stop them in the street and tell them you appreciate them, send flowers or a pizza to the local cop shop or just a simple thank you as you pass by them doing their job is a start, but it is up to each community or individual. I am sure you can make them feel loved in many ways, so we invite you to start planning and please let us know what you will do. In recent times there is ample evidence that they are doing it tough as the job becomes more demanding and individuals lose respect for them in aggressive ways. (See photos below) They need to be reminded by us and not just by receiving government medals and awards. I personally feel that our sincere thanks will mean more to them than any award without being disrespectful but that is just my opinion. Each state has acknowledged, offered support or encouraged the day as a worthwhile community initiative through their Police Ministers (see example below) but the support must come from us, so they don't have to do anything but feel the love.
National
Monday 21 September

World Gratitude Day

On World Gratitude Day we should focus on what we are grateful for and appreciate what we have, rather than what we want or think we need. It's possible that we can keep our unnecessary and frivolous consumption at bay too.
International
Monday 21 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Alzheimer's Day

Alzheimer's Australia
World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible.
International

Monday 21 September

International Day of Peace

United Nations
The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
International

21-22 September
(date to be confirmed)

Bright Pink Lipstick Day

Pink Hope
Bright Pink Lipstick Day aims to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the community and raise funds for Pink Hope to be able to continue to offer programs and support services for those at risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Tuesday 22 September

World Rhino Day

WWF-South Africa
World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
International

Tuesday 22 September

World Carfree Day

World Carfree Network
World Carfree Day aims to encourage people around the world te leave their cars at home for the day. The World Carfree Network promotes a global carfree culture.
International

23-29 September
(date to be confirmed)

Meat Free Week

Ethical Eats Ltd
Every march, meat free week encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals. At the same time, you'll also raise money for some very worthwhile charities.
National

Saturday 26 September
(date to be confirmed)

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.


Saturday 26 September

World Maritime Day

United Nations
World Maritime Day is a UN awareness day for issues concerning the maritime industry.
International

Sunday 27 September
(date to be confirmed)

Save the Koala Day

Australian Koala Foundation
There is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia. In 2012, the Koala was listed as 'vulnerable to extinction', under Australian Law.

Sunday 27 September

World Tourism Day

United Nations
World Tourism Day represents an opportunity to address how tourism can help build tolerance and understanding worldwide by serving as a catalyst for communication and exchange between the different cultures of the world.
International

Sunday 27 September
(date to be confirmed)

Hug a Vegan Day

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Vegans are doing the planet, animals, and themselves a huge favor by ditching animal products and leading cruelty-free lives instead. Whether you're vegan yourself or you've got a friend, classmate, or family member who's vegan, share the love! Pledge to give hugs and spread compassion this "Hug a Vegan" Day.
International

Sunday 27 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Police Remembrance Day

Australian Federal Police
The National Police Remembrance Day honours the memory of those police men and women who have given their lives in the service of the community.
International

Monday 28 September

Yom Kippur - Jewish

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement.
International

Tuesday 29 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is observed globally every year on the last Sunday in September. Rivers may make up only about 0.2 percent of all the fresh water worldwide but their importance is priceless. This day encourages citizens to get actively involved to ensure the future health of our rivers.
International

Tuesday 29 September

World Heart Day

United Nations
Cardiovascular diseases are the worlds biggest killers. World Heart Day is a reminder to take care of your heart.
International

29 September - 5 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week seeks to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops in our community and
  • boost donations of quality clothing and household goods to charity op shops
  • boost charity op shop sales
  • recognise the tremendous work of the volunteers and staff dedicated to supporting their charity op shop.
National

30 September - 31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

Thursday 1 October

International Coffee Day

Apart from recognising the enjoyment of coffee right around the globe, World Coffee Day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.

Thursday 1 October

International Day of Older Persons

United Nations
The International Day of Older Persons is a celebration of the older people in all societies, and a reminder to continue developing a society for all ages.
International

Thursday 1 October

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day, October 1, is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism.
International

1-7 October
(date to be confirmed)

Be Kind to Animals Week

Edgars Mission
Be Kind To Animals Week is an opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives and think about those that ask nothing of us. During the first week of October (1-7th) please do something to celebrate your concern for animals worldwide.
National

1-31 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

1-31 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
1-31 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

1-31 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
1-31 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

1-31 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

1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

1-31 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.

1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

1-31 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.

1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

1-31 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.

1-31 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.

1 October - 1 November

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia Ltd

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.


Friday 2 October

International Day of Non-Violence

United Nations
Celebrated on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi the International Day of Non-Violence aims to disseminate education and understanding of the positive effect of non-violence.
International

Friday 2 October
(date to be confirmed)

World Farm Animals Day

WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY, observed on (or around) October 2nd, is a time dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the needless suffering and slaughter of the more than 55 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other sentient land animals in the world's factory farms and slaughterhouses. It is a time for all to speak out against the atrocities and brutalization of animals raised for meat, eggs, and dairy.
International

Friday 2 October
(date to be confirmed)

World Day for Farmed Animals

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals hopes to continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.
International

Saturday 3 October

World Animal Day

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
International

Saturday 3 October

Odd Socks Day

Grow
Odd socks day is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day. Stigma is undoubtedly still one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help and recovery from mental illness.
National

Saturday 3 October
(date to be confirmed)

World Smile Day

Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation
World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is known to have created the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.
International

3-10 October

World Space Week

United Nations
Who didn't want to be an astronaut when they were a kid? This week celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition as well as every child's imagination.
International

3-11 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Amputee Awareness Week

Limbs 4 Life
Limbs 4 Life empower amputees with knowledge and support to make a real difference, because no one should have to go through limb loss alone.

They provide information and support to amputees and their families while promoting an inclusive community.

Their vision is to ensure that no amputee goes through the process of limbs loss alone.

VIC

1300 782 231
Building 97, 45 GIlby Rd
MOUNT WAVELREY VIC 3149
Monday 5 October

World Teachers Day

UNESCO
World Teachers' Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.
International

Monday 5 October

International Tenants Day

Tenants Queensland
The International Union of Tenants (IUT) has therefore chose these themes together with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal number 11, Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as the recommended themes when Tenants celebrate the International Tenants' Day around the world.
International

5-11 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

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