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1 January - 31 December
Today

Year of Lifelong Learning #YOLL2018

Adult Learning Australia

Join with us in celebrating 2018 as the year of lifelong learning! #YOLL2018

Celebrate the power of people continuing to learn throughout their lives. We know from research both in Australia and internationally that when people take an active approach to learning in their adult years they develop the skills, confidence and courage to live independently, find new work and to shine at new skills. Taking time for learning as an adult is the key to a healthy and active life, to staying connected in communities, as well as to finding new or better work - it's a lifechanger!

We are encouraging communities to put a focus on adult learning as a lifelong activity throughout 2018. To coincide with this we are calling on the Australian government to adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning as an essential feature of an inclusive, healthy, equitable and sustainable future for Australia.

National

info@ala.asn.au
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2019
Today

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.

18 May 2018 - 18 May 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Vesak - Festival of Light

The Great Stupa Bendigo
Millions of Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognised United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

1-30 June
(date to be confirmed)

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1-30), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
National

18-24 June

World Continence Week

Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia relies on its members and other individuals and organisations to assist with the promotion of World Continence Week and its theme to the local communities and media networks. Every year individuals and organisations have contributed in reaching out to its local networks, including those who are, or are at risk of becoming, incontinent.
International

18-24 June
(date to be confirmed)

Thinking of You Week

John Sands
Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the world. Sending handwritten cards generates positive feelings and wellbeing. Science has shown that receiving a handwritten card creates a lovely warm positive boost. The fact that you have spent the time to make or chose a card, write it and send it makes people feel far more special and cared for than receiving instant texts, emails or Facebook messages.

20 June
(date to be confirmed)

Red Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Australia
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 21st June 2017), when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities.
National

23-25 June
(date to be confirmed)

Katherine to Darwin Challenge

Total Recreation NT Inc.
Up to fifty riders will complete the over 300km demanding route over 3 consecutive days. The aim is raise funds for Total Recreation, a community based not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in sporting and recreational activities. Get involved, support a rider by donating or start your training today, join the peloton and take up the challenge.
NT

26 June
(date to be confirmed)

World Drug Day: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

United Nations
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day used to raise awareness of the threat to public health and safety that illicit drugs pose.
International

29 June

United Nations Public Service Day

United Nations
The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
International

30 June

Social Media Day

Mashable
In the spirit of these technologies that connect us, Social Media Day brings us together - both online and offline.

Around the world, organizers have assembled a variety of events this year, including business networking, educational panels, training sessions and social gatherings. Meetups will take place on six continents - in some instances bringing hundreds or even thousands of people together. Certain places such as the Philippines are even taking the entire weekend to celebrate with a variety of events.

1-31 July

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 during the month of July.

1-31 July

Dry July

Dry July
Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July. It's a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption
National

1-31 July

JulEYE

RANZCO Eye Foundation
Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.
National

7 July
(date to be confirmed)

AIME National Hoodie Day

AIME Mentoring
Hoodie Day is a chance for the whole nation to don an AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) hoodie and spread the message of Indigenous success. Every limited edition hoodie sold brings AIME closer to working with 10,000 Indigenous kids each year across Australia by 2018.

8-14 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Diabetes Week

Diabetes Australia
Each year Diabetes Australia celebrates National Diabetes Week to raise awareness about diabetes in Australia. The campaign aims to educate Australia of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how type 2 can be prevented.
National

8-15 July
(date to be confirmed)

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
National

15-21 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Wound Awareness Week

Australian Wound Management Association
Around 300,000 Australians, mostly elderly and on pensions, suffer lower leg ulcers requiring regular care. The Australian Wound Management Association is working with its 3,000 nurses, doctors and allied health members to bring about equity of care and improve quality of life.

16-20 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Farm Safety Week

Farmsafe Australia's Operations Centre
National Farm Safety Week aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.
National

21 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Pyjama Day

The Pyjama Foundation
Thousands of schools, businesses and groups will be encouraged to stay in their PJs to show support for The Pyjama Foundation's work with Australian children in foster care.
National

07 3256 8802
23-29 July
(date to be confirmed)

National Pain Week

Chronic Pain Australia
National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain; work towards creating healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s; and to reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.
National

24 July
(date to be confirmed)

Stress Down Day

Lifeline Australia
Stress Down Day is a fundraising event to help cover the cost of running Lifeline's 24 hour telephone counseling line - 13 11 14. Workplaces participate by enjoying a day of stress reducing activities, including wearing casual dress to work, in exchange for a donation to the cause.
National

27 July

Schools Tree Day

Planet Ark
Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!
National

27 July

Crazy Hair Day

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria
Crazy Hair Day is a day to go crazy with your hair - teased, coloured, gelled or twisted; wigs and scarves, punk or just plain messy! is an annual fundraising event organised by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) and is a fun way for schools to celebrate the start of third term.
National

27 July

White Ribbon Night

White Ribbon
Join communities across Australia to unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to get the word out. You can invite two people or 2,000 to your movie night, games night, dinner party, watch the footy with mates... the possibilities are endless!
National

02 9045 8444
28 July

World Hepatitis Day

United Nations
World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of chronic hepatitis A, B and C.
International

28 July - 3 August
(date to be confirmed)

Be A Souperhero

The Salvation Army
We're calling on all Souperheroes to make a difference in the lives of struggling citizens. By taking a Soup Challenge from Saturday 29th July to Friday 4th August, you will Be A Souperhero to people in crisis. The funds you raise will assist the Salvos in continuing to provide services and support to people experiencing disadvantage.
National

29 July - 4 August
(date to be confirmed)

National Missing Persons Week

Australian Federal Police
National Missing Persons Week aims to raise awareness about the significant number of young Australians reported missing. Out of the estimated 35,000 people who are reported missing each year, approximately 20,000 are under the age of 18.
National

29 July - 5 August
(date to be confirmed)

Donate Life Week

Donate Life
DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government's National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates.
National

30 July

International Day of Friendship

United Nations
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
International

30 July - 5 August
(date to be confirmed)

Local Government Week

Local Government NSW
NSW councils and their staff provide invaluable services to local communities on a daily basis. While many people are aware that councils manage rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of their work often goes unrecognised. Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers, businesses - the whole community!
NSW

31 July

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures.
International

31 July

National Stepfamily Awareness Day

The Stepfamily Association of Victoria
The last Sunday in July has been designated as 'National Stepfamily Awareness Day'. A day dedicated to the stepfamily, it provides an opportunity to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the great work that stepfamilies do.
National

31 July

National Tree Day

Planet Ark
Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event. People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.
National

1-31 August

MS Readathon - One month challenge

Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA)
The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time raising their community awareness and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
National

1300 677 323
1-31 August

Wheel Make a Change

Cerebral Palsy League
Every 14 hours, a child in Australia is born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability. People with cerebral palsy have said it's like being trapped in a body they can't fully control. 30 minutes of your time can change the life of a child born with cerebral palsy.

Wheel of Brisbane,
Russel Street,
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101
1-31 August

Tradies National Health Month

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Blue
Tradies National Health Month focuses on educating and engaging tradies on the importance of full body health and safety, with handy tips and hints tailored to the needs of a tradie.
National

4 August

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD)

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD) is a celebration of human rights and Indigenous children. Held on 4 August each year, NAITCD was first observed by SNAICC in 1988.

4 August

CafeSmart

StreetSmart
The event brings together coffee roasters, cafes and coffee drinkers around the country to help people who are homeless. Participating cafes generously donate $1.00 per coffee sold to fund local projects.
National

4-11 August

Dental Health Week

Australian Dental Association inc
Held on the first week of August, Dental Health Week raises awareness of how to best look after your and your children's teeth.

4-11 August

World Breastfeeding Week

United Nations
World Breastfeeding Week aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need.
International

5 August

Jeans for Genes Day

Children's Medical Research Institute
Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children's Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.

1800 677 260
5-11 August
(date to be confirmed)

National EOS Awareness Week

ausEE Inc.
National EOS Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.
National

5-11 August

Homelessness Prevention Week

Homelessness Australia
Homeless Persons' Week is an annual awareness raising week held in the first full week of August each year to highlight the over 105,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Australia provides information sheets and resources to support events all around Australia.
National

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