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1-31 May

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held during May each year to raise community awareness and promote a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
National

1-31 May

Supermarket Free Month

Go Supermarket Free this Mayl to support local business, farmers and suppliers. Change your habits and buy local!
National

1-31 May

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Month

Crohn's and Colitis Australia (CCA)
Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month aims to bring attention to Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, which affects more than 5 million people.

1-31 May

Dine With Heart Month

Sacred Heart Mission
EAT GOOD. DO GOOD. FEEL GOOD. Victoria's homelessness crisis now affects almost 23,000 people. Throughout May, participating restaurants, cafes and bars join will forces with diners to raise money to support Sacred Heart Mission's Meals Program, which provides hearty, free meals every day for up to 400 people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and social isolation.
National

1-31 May

Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month

The Ehlers-Danlos Society
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a collection of thirteen multi-systemic, heritable disorders affecting connective tissue, the most abundant tissues in the body. With the exception of the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, each type is a distinct entity defined by mutations in a single or small set of genes. Common features among the types include joint hypermobility, skin fragility, chronic pain, and fatigue. More severe types, such as Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can be life-threatening, as fragile blood vessels and internal organs can spontaneously rupture. For more information, go to ehlers-danlos.com

1-31 May
(date to be confirmed)

Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Victoria
Prader-Willi syndrome is a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, to date there is no cure. There are no known reasons for the genetic accident that causes this condition, but we are learning more about PWS everyday, and there is hope. Hope that, through increased knowledge, we can help all people with this condition to live a fuller life despite their limitations.

Throughout May, we aim to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome to help boost the possibility of finding a cure.

International

0451 797 284
1-31 May

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.

1-31 May

Mindful in May

Mindful in May
Mindful in May brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to help bring clean water to those living in the developing world. Your donation and fundraising will be used by Charity Water in its mission to solve the water crisis. When you register and donate, you'll receive a one-moth meditation program.
National

1-31 May
(date to be confirmed)

65 Roses

Cystic Fibrosis Federation Australia
The National Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign is hosted during the month of May. Each year the National Office in conjunction with its State and Territory associations host many awareness initiatives and fundraising events through May. For the last couple of years we have encouraged people to participate in a challenge themed around the number 65. Supporters have embraced this concept with many wonderful ideas for challenges.

1-31 May

Miracle Month of May

Miracle Babies Foundation
To raise awareness and funds for premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
National

1-31 May

International Respect for Chickens Month

United Poultry Concerns
May is International Respect for Chickens Month celebrating chickens and protesting the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.
International

1-31 May
(date to be confirmed)

Art for Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action Australia
Art for Epilepsy brings together the talented Australian artists in support of those impacted by epilepsy in an online auction. A broad range of artists take part to provide something to suit all tastes and budgets. Each work contains the colour purple, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, and are auctioned off through our website. Grab yourself an original piece of art for a great cause!
National

1 May 2021 - 31 May 2022

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

The aim of Neurofibromatosis Month is to provide information to the community and to healthcare and educational professionals, so that they will better understand what Neurofibromatosis (NF) is. This will enable them to accept and provide support to those affected by NF.

15-21 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Families Week

Families Australia
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your immediate family, make contact with your extended family and friends and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time.
National

17-23 May

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

19-25 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Law Week

Law Week is an annual event, held in May, to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

19-25 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Palliative Care Week

Palliative Care Australia
Palliative care is an issue that will affect all of us at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend. It's important that all Australians are aware of what care and support is available to them at the end of their lives and how they can receive it; that they have thought about what care they want and shared this with their loved ones and health professionals; and because it's important people know that palliative care is about living well at the end of life - it's for you, your carers and your family.

19-26 May

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

One Door Mental Health
People with schizophrenia are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in our community. Through this week, government, citizens, media and NGOs aim to reduce stigma towards people affected by schizophrenia, bust myths about schizophrenia, and promote help-seeking by people affected by schizophrenia and their carers.
National

(02) 9879 2600
Thursday 20 May
(date to be confirmed)

Girl Guides Australia National Biscuit Day

Girl Guides Australia
For more than 60 years Girl Guides around Australia have proudly sold Girl Guide Biscuits in our communities to our families, friends, supporters and businesses. They are certainly an icon of Girl Guiding and a valuable symbol of our connection with the broader community.
National

20-26 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.
National

20-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
Schizophrenia Awareness Week is an annual event used to raise community awareness and understanding of the mental illness.
National

(08) 8221 5159
Locked Bag 5014
GLADESVILLE NSW 1675
Friday 21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

United Nations
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an opportunity to increase understanding of cultural diversity, and the positive impact it can have on countries and communities.
International

21-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free macular degeneration information kit is available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia by calling the Helpline 1800 111 709.
National

21-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Disease Foundation
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of macular degeneration and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free macular degeneration information pack is available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia by calling 1800 111 709.
National

21-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Thyroid Awareness Week

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
Are you familiar with how your thyroid affects your health? Thyroid Awareness Week aims to educate all Australians about the importance of good thyroid health and role of hormones in controlling our metabolism
International

Saturday 22 May
(date to be confirmed)

Wow Day

State Emergency Service (SES)
A day of recognition and appreciation where the dedicated work of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers is celebrated across Australia. The focus of WOW Day is to encourage the community to show their support in a very simple but highly visible gesture by wearing the colour orange. This is the colour worn by SES volunteers.

Saturday 22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity

United Nations
The International Day for Biological Diversity is used to increase understanding and awareness of all biodiversity issues.
International

Saturday 22 May

Bitcoin Pizza Day

Bitcoin (BTC) users around the world celebrate "Bitcoin Pizza Day" on May 22. The price of one of the legendary pizzas purchased on this day in 2010 was worth $41.4m in 2018.
International
Sunday 23 May
(date to be confirmed)

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Cancer Council
May is Australia's biggest Morning Tea month. Thursday 23rd May is the official day but you can host an event anytime throughout May or June. It's simple, fun and best of all for a great cause! All you need to do is set a date, brainstorm some morning tea ideas, invite your guests and raise money to help support the fight against cancer.
National

Sunday 23 May
(date to be confirmed)

World Turtle Day

For more than 100 million years, marine turtles have covered vast distances across the world's oceans, and have been an integral part of tropical coastal ecosystems. Over the past 200 years, human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners.
International

24-27 May
(date to be confirmed)

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival

Ningaloo Reef is a name recognised nationally and internationally as a 'premier marine environment', home to the most predictable, seasonal aggregations of whale sharks in the world. The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival highlights the community's relationship with the annual visit of the whale shark.

The objective is to bring together government departments, business, industry and community members to strengthen their relationships, while enhancing the education and celebration of the whale shark.

WA

Tuesday 25 May

International Missing Children's Day

A day where people around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime, and continue efforts to find those who are still missing.
International

Tuesday 25 May
(date to be confirmed)

World Thyroid Day

The Australian Thyroid Foundation
World Thyroid Day (WTD), May 25th, is dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide.
International

25-26 May
(date to be confirmed)

Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride

Rotary Club of Townsville Central
The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The rides major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non government mental health research funding organization in Australia. We also support local initiatives in the treatment and support of those suffering mental illnesses.

25-26 May
(date to be confirmed)

Red Shield Appeal Doorknock

Salvation Army
The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's signature fundraising drive which helps fund a vast network of social and community services.

The Red Shield Appeal began in 1965 and funds programs and services ranging from providing shelter for the homeless, assisting families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, to guiding people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.

The appeal kicks off with offical launch events around the country where corporate and community leaders are invited to be our partners in mission.

National

13 72 58
25-31 May
(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Health Week

The Chiropractors' Association of Australia (National) Limited
Spinal Health Week presents the opportunity for chiropractors to educate Australians about the importance of spinal health in improving overall health and wellness.

25-31 May

Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

United Nations
A non-self-governing territory is defined as a territory "whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government. This week of solidarity is used to show support for these territories.
International

25-31 May
(date to be confirmed)

Food Allergy Week

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
Food Allergy Week is run by the charitable, not-for-profit organisation Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. It's annual initiative that aims to better educate the public on the importance of understanding food allergy and supporting those when it comes to allergy management. This year the event is taking place from May 26 - June 1.
National

(02) 9977 8195
Suite 7, 22 Darley Rd
MANLEY NSW 2095
Wednesday 26 May

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day Committee
National Sorry Day is a continuing effort to achieve appropriate education, reconciliation and recognition for the Aboriginal stolen generation.
National

26 May - 6 June

White Night Melbourne Reimagined

As the sun sets on White Night Melbourne and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, RISING has emerged as a new major cultural event for Melbourne. RISING is a surge of art, music and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne, created by a diverse team of local, national and international artists and curators. Under the full moon from 26 May to 6 June 2021, the city will re-synchronise and be re-energised with public art, performance and music spanning the emerging and iconic, the epic and intimate.
VIC

27 May - 2 June
(date to be confirmed)

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Degeneration Foundation
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of Macular Degeneration and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free Macular Degeneration information pack is available from the Foundation.
National

Suite 902, Level 9
447 Kent Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Australia
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey-the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Friday 28 May

Don't Fry Day

Australia's Skin Cancer Prevention Day!
National

Saturday 29 May

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

United Nations
International Day of UN Peacekeepers is a day of recognition for the military, police and civilian peacekeepers deployed across the world.
International
Saturday 29 May

White Wreath Day - In Remembrance of All Victims of Suicide

White Wreath Association
White Wreath Day is celebrated in remembrance of suicide victims. Almost every Australian family is directly or indirectly affected by suicide. On White Wreath Day we are asked to display a white wreath in remembrance of those who have lost their lives.
National

Saturday 29 May

Wear White at Work

White Wreath Association Ltd
On 29 May 'Wear white at work' and donate a gold coin to show your support for mental illness sufferers and families of suicide victims. Each year we have to come to terms with the suicide of thousands of fellow Australians (men, women and children). For those left behind by these tragedies the hurt is unimaginable. The White Wreath Association provides 24-hour support for anyone who is in need, by providing advocacy, assistance and support to both families and individuals who have been affected by a mental illness or suicide.
National

1300 766 177
Sunday 30 May

Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Day

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Victoria
Prader-Willi syndrome is a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, to date there is no cure. There are no known reasons for the genetic accident that causes this condition, but we are learning more about PWS everyday, and there is hope. Hope that, through increased knowledge, we can help all people with this condition to live a fuller life despite their limitations.

On May 30, we aim to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome to help boost the possibility of finding a cure.

International

0451 797 284
Sunday 30 May

World MS Day

MS Australia
World MS Day is the MS movement's annual campaign to raise awareness, support and connect the 2.8 million people living with the condition worldwide.
National

Monday 31 May

World No Tobacco Day

United Nations
World No Tobacco Day aims to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking tobacco products, and the health implications of tobacco usage.
International

Monday 31 May

Pentecost - Christian

Pentecost is a Christian celebration of the fiftieth day after Easter. Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
International
Monday 31 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Smile Day

Humour Foundation
Smile day is The Humour Foundation's annual fundraising campaign. It is the one day of the year we ask the public to get involved in raising funds to help sick children SMILE in hospitals around Australia. Together we can discover the power of a smile!
National

1300 HUMOUR (486 687)
1-6 June
(date to be confirmed)

Orthoptic Awareness Week

Is it just us or are jokes about eyes getting cornea by the day? Terrible jokes aside, Orthoptic Awareness Week is a week of serious business held each year by the Orthoptic Association of Australia. As well as raising awareness of the profession of Orthoptics, it promotes the importance of regular eye examinations for eye related issues.
National

03 9857 9390
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.

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

Thursday 3 June

Mabo Day

Mabo Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1992 High Court decision in the case brought by Eddie Mabo and others which recognised the existence in Australia of native title rights. The historic court decision buried the legal description of early Australia as 'terra nullius', or 'no man's land."
National

3-9 June
(date to be confirmed)

Haemochromatosis Awareness Week

Haemochromatosis Australia
Haemochromatosis Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of haemochromatosis, or inherited iron overload disorder.
National

3-9 June
(date to be confirmed)

Heart Rhythm Week

Arrhythmia Alliance Australia
Arrhythmias are responsible for between 23,000 and 33,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths each year, many of which could be avoided with greater public awareness of their risks and symptoms. The most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation affects an estimated 240,000 Australians and increases the chance of someone suffering a stroke by five times.
National

Friday 4 June

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

United Nations
The purpose of International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
International

Saturday 5 June

World Environment Day

United Nations
World Environment Day aims to be the world's biggest and most widely celebrated environmental action event.
International

7-13 June

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is an international initiative during 23rd - 27th June that invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).

IMHAW promotes the importance of attachment and responsive, sensitive caregiving experiences for infant-family relationships beginning in the antenatal period.


waimh.org/
Tuesday 8 June

World Oceans Day

United Nations
The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, the oceans are also a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
International

8-15 June
(date to be confirmed)

Philanthropy Week

Queensland Community Foundation
The purpose of Philanthropy Week is to raise awareness of philanthropy itself, honour those who make an outstanding contribution to the community and advance support for the state's charities and community service organisations through sustainable giving. During the week the Queensland Community Foundation holds an awards luncheon to recognise significant philanthropic achievements.
QLD

qcf.org.au/
Friday 11 June
(date to be confirmed)

Gold Telethon

Sydney Children's Hospital Founation
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation is the principal fundraising body for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. Gold Telethon is our major annual fundraiser, an all-day broadcast on Channel Nine.
NSW

1800 644 336
Locked Bag 2005
RANDWICK NSW 2031
Saturday 12 June

World Day Against Child Labour

United Nations
World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the efforts needed to eliminate it.
International

Monday 14 June
(date to be confirmed)

World Blood Donor Day

United Nations
World Blood Donor Day is a reminder of the importance of blood donation. 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime, while just 1 in 30 people currently donate.
International

Monday 14 June

International Bath Day

Observed annually on June 14, International Bath Day roots back to Greek Archimedes who discovered on this day that an object's volume can be measured by submerging it into water. Archimedes discovered this while being in the bath!

International Bath Day is celebrated by letting children play in the bath enabling them to explore and rejoice over their own new amazing bath time discoveries!

Tuesday 15 June
(date to be confirmed)

National Buddy Day

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
National Buddy Day was created to show the importance of friendship and raise awareness of bullying amongst primary school children.
National

1300 341 343
Tuesday 15 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

United Nations
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day seeks to prevent elder abuse incidents by giving targeted information and encouraging community participation on a broad scale.The day is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action.
International

Tuesday 15 June

Global Wind Day

In more than 75 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.
International

15-21 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

Wednesday 16 June
(date to be confirmed)

Red Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Australia
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day, 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

16-22 June
(date to be confirmed)

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

Thursday 17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

United Nations
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, as well as developing a focus on the effects of climate change.
International

Thursday 17 June
(date to be confirmed)

MS Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride

Multiple Sclerosis Queensland
The Brissie to the Bay Bike Ride is a fundraising event for Multiple Sclerosis.
Brisbane

17-29 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

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.

Saturday 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
Sunday 20 June

World Refugee Day

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

Monday 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

Monday 21 June

MND Global Day

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

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