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1 May - 30 June
(date to be confirmed)

Live Below the Line

Oaktree Foundation
Thousands of Australians will eat on $2 a day for five days. Feeding yourself on $2 a day is the equivalent of living below the extreme poverty line. It's a way to raise much-needed funds for Oaktree's overseas partners, as well as gain a unique insight into some of the challenges faced by those living in extreme poverty.

1-30 June

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

1-30 June

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. CMV is the leading preventable viral cause of developmental disabilities. June is the time to raise awareness of CMV and to improve lives.
International

1-30 June

Migraine Awareness Month

Migraine Australia
Migraine Awareness Month is an International Event held every year in June and is organised in Australia by Migraine Australia, a national patient advocacy organisation founded to support all Australians living with migraine and their families.

13-19 June
(date to be confirmed)

International Men's Health Week

Men's Health Information and Resource Centre
International Men's Health Week aims to increase awareness of the importance of good health in men, boys and their families.
International

13-19 June

World Allergy Week

World Allergy Organisation
World Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities. The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia and ASCIA (as a member society of the WAO) are supporting this initiative in Australia and New Zealand through our new 'wear a spot of red' campaign. This campaign encourages our supporters to help raise awareness and funds to support research into allergy, by wearing a spot of red or holding an event in their home, school or workplace.

Sunday 19 June

World Sickle Cell Day

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder in which abnormal haemoglobin is produced. Patients with this condition suffer from anaemia and pain crises amongst other complications due to abnormal sickled red blood cells. World Sickle Cell day was established based on recommendation by the United Nations is celebrated every year to raise awareness of the condition to improve treatment and search for a cure.
International

333 Waverley Road
MT WAVERLEY VIC 3149
19-25 June

Refugee Week

The Refugee Council Of Australia
Refugee Week is used to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

While a refugee's journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope: they hope to find freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma.
National

Monday 20 June

World Refugee Day

United Nations
World Refugee Day is used to raise awareness of the difficult lives led by refugees.
International

20-26 June
(date to be confirmed)

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

20-27 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.

Tuesday 21 June

MND Global Day

MND Australia
MND Global Day raises awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), which is a progressive neurological disease.
NSW

Tuesday 21 June

International Day of Yoga

United Nations
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
International

Thursday 23 June

International Widows Day

United Nations
The first International Widows' Day was observed on 23 June 2011, providing an opportunity to give special recognition to the plight of widows and their children in order to restore their human rights and alleviate poverty through empowerment.
International

Thursday 23 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

Friday 24 June

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Advantage Petcare
Having dogs in the workplace has a whole range of benefits - from reducing stress to increasing productivity and improving team relationships. It's also great for your dog, who gets to spend the day with you rather than at home alone.
International

Saturday 25 June

Day of the Seafarer

United Nations
The Day of the Seafarer celebrates the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
International

Sunday 26 June

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

Sunday 26 June

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

United Nations
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.
International

Monday 27 June

PTSD Awareness Day

Phoenix Australia
This international day raises awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure more people know about the condition and more people who suffer PTSD will seek treatment. PTSD is the most common mental health disorder after depression. In Australia the day is recognised by the Department of Health.
National

03 9035 5599
27 June - 3 July

Heart Failure Awareness Week

hearts4heart
Heart Failure Awareness Week encourages all Australians to learn the symptoms of heart failure (HF) and the best actions to take to be smart about your heart. HF affects an estimated half a million Australians and is the number one cause of hospitalisation in people over the age of sixty-five, but with early diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes, a person with heart failure can reduce their risk of hospitalisation and improve their quality of life. Many patients living with HF lead normal, active lifestyles. You've only got one heart, don't fail it. Speak with your GP and get your heart checked.

Wednesday 29 June

World Scleroderma Day

Scleroderma Australia
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. June 29 is a day to recognise the bravery of those who live with this disease and to demand equal treatment and equal care for people with scleroderma.
National

Thursday 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.

You can follow along by tracking the #smday hashtag, and by connecting with fellow social-media fans at a Social Media Day Meetup near you.

For updates and to find out what other organizers are up to, follow our @mashsmday Twitter account, and like our Social Media Day Facebook page.

30 June - 2 July
(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

Friday 1 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. AIME wants to help people to keep a roof over their head by splitting profits from sales of its most successful fundraising product, the AIME Hoodie, with those struggling to get by.

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 usually during the month of July.

ndn.org.au/
1-31 July

JulEYE

Australia and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF)
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

1-31 July

Dry July

Dry July Foundation

Dry July is a national fundraiser, run by Dry July Foundation, that encourages people to go alcohol-free in July and raise funds for people affected by cancer.

Funds are provided to projects and programs that improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer- whether it's a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.

Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits and encourages awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption. The challenge is a perfect fit for workplaces or social groups.

National

Sunday 3 July

International Day of Cooperatives

United Nations
International Day of Cooperatives is a day used by the United Nations to celebrate the role of cooperatives in economic social and cultural development, and in the achievement of social policy objectives.
International

3-10 July

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is usually 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

10-16 July

National Diabetes Awareness Week

DANII Foundation
DANII Foundation is calling on all Australians to support the NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS WEEK campaign and help to raise awareness of diabetes nationally during 10th to 16th July 2022. Awareness of Diabetes is a National Public Health issue and much still needs to be done, collectively and individually, for better prevention, diagnosis and management of the condition.
National

Monday 11 July

World Population Day

United Nations
World Population Day serves to both celebrate humanity itself, and to remind us that we need to look after each other and the planet we live on.
International

Tuesday 12 July

Malala Day

UN Global Education First
On this day we remember the millions of children worldwide (mostly girls) who do not go to school and reaffirm our commitment to defend the right to education for all children.
International

Wednesday 13 July

Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

Asalha Puja Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism. It is observed on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eight lunar month (July), and is a celebration of the foundation of the Sangha (the community of Buddhist monks).
International
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.

17-23 July

National Farm Safety Week

Farmsafe Australia's Operations Centre
National Farm Safety Week is run each year, in the third week of July, aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.
National

Monday 18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day

United Nations
The UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping people on Nelson Mandela International Day - one minute for each year Nelson Mandela devoted his life to serving humanity.
International

Friday 22 July

National Pyjama Day

The Pyjama Foundation
National Pyjama Day is all about wearing your favourite pair of PJ's to help The Pyjama Foundation raise much-needed awareness and funds for children in foster care. With the money raised from National Pyjama Day, you'll be helping us offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational resources and help provide stable, positive relationships. So this July put on your favourite PJ's, make a donation, and get your friends/colleagues involved!
National

07 3256 8802
Sunday 24 July

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

24 July - 31 August

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

25-31 July

Library and Information Week

Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association has been running Library and Information Week since 2001 - a week for all libraries and information services throughout Australia showcase their resources and services to their communities, through programs and events. Whether it's a library in your school, community, university, hospitals, cultural or law institutions, this week is an opportunity to learn more about what they do and the important roles they play in our local

26 July - 1 August
(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

Thursday 28 July

World Hepatitis Day

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

Friday 29 July
(date to be confirmed)

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

Saturday 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

Saturday 30 July

Gastroschisis Awareness Day

Avery Angels Gastroschisis Foundation
Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from a hole in the abdomen, typically to the right of the umbilical cord. Occasionally, other organs are involved as well. While approximately 90% of affected infants survive in industrialized nations with proper medical care, there is still a 10% mortality rate due to complications or related defects and infections - even with the best medical care. Gastroschisis affects 1 out of every 2229 babies according to the CDC, although the actual rate varies by state. Rates of gastroschisis are increasing worldwide, and this trend is being called a "pandemic" by many researchers. The medical community still does not know what causes gastroschisis. Although the overall prognosis is good for most infants born with this birth defect provided they have access to medical care, complications do arise. Studies show that gastroschisis is the leading cause of intestinal transplantation, and that 40% of gastroschisis survivors will need to be readmitted to the hospital at some point due to complications, the most common of which are bowel obstruction and abdominal pain.
National

Sunday 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

Sunday 31 July
(date to be confirmed)

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

Sunday 31 July
(date to be confirmed)

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

Sunday 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

31 July - 6 August

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

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