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30 September 2018
(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

30 September - 31 October 2018

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

1-6 October 2018
(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 2018

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 2018

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.

6-12 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Neighbourhood Watch Week

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Week is held annually in neighbourhoods across Australia and New Zealand. NHW group members gather in their communities to raise awareness of the Neighbourhood Watch and the benefits of belonging to a local Neighbourhood Watch group.

6-16 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Fair Food Week

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)
Coordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), to support the Peoples' Food Plan, Australia's Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food.

8-14 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Protection Association
Fire prevention week aims to educate the community, particularly children, about the dangers of fire and the importance of prevention techniques.
International

9 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

headspace day

headspace
The first ever headspace day will be held on 11 October. #headspaceday is about ensuring young people across the country have access to youth friendly, mental health services, no matter where they live. By picking up an Access All Areas wristband from your local headspace centre, you can show your support for young people experiencing mental health issues and the importance of access to services for all young people.
National

10 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Hat Day

Australian Rotary Health
Hat Day is the fun-draising day where you wear a hat and make a donation to help shine a light on mental illness in Australia. Register a Hat Day event with your workplace, club, sport team, friends, or family to support mental health research and reduce stigma. Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental illness research in Australia.

15 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Smashed Avo Day - Brunch for a Cause

National Smashed Avo Day
An annual national brunch event held simultaneously in cafe, restaurants, clubs, homes and parks across the country to raise funds for youth and homeless charities in Australia. Participants will join in with friends and family for Sunday brunch at their favourite local brunch spot, enjoy great food, support local businesses and be encouraged to donate directly to nominated charities via the www.givenow.com.au website. The day's events will be promoted and shared via @smashedavoday on Instagram and our unique social media tags #smashedavoday #brunchforacause #biggestbrunch
National

15 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Wellness Walk & Festival

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
The Wellness Walk is a yearly event taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the finishing line at Government House to enjoy the celebratory Wellness Festival! It's a family friendly walk with an easy route suitable for all ages & abilities.
The walk raises awareness for mental illness & encourages walking as a way to improve mental wellness. This is a wonderful event brings together people from all walks of life in a positive, active and fun environment because together we make a difference.

15-21 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Anti Poverty Week

Anti Poverty Week
Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
National

15-21 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Carer's Week

Carers Australia
Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities. Carers Week events across Victoria provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring.
National

15-21 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Nutrition Week

Nutrition Australia
National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to learn about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.
National

16 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Blue Knot Day

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)
Blue Knot Day is ASCA's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

16 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

World Food Day

United Nations
World Food Day is a reminder that everybody deserves and needs access to food, particularly those who can't keep up with rising food prices.
International

16-22 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Week Without Violence

World YWCA and WHIN (Women's Health in the North)
Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of family violence and encourages you to think and act towards a world without violence.
International

17 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

United Nations
The UN developed this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.
International

17 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Edge Day

Edge Day is an unofficial holiday founded by people who associate themselves with the straight edge movement. Straight edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. It was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock.
International

18 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Ride2Work Day / Ride2Uni Day

Bicycle Network
Ride 2 Work Day has become an established event on the annual workplace calendar. Whether you're a regular cycle-commuter or you're just thinking about having a go, now is the time to start planning for Ride to Work Day.
National

20 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

World Osteoporosis Day

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
International

20-21 October 2018

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date! The next Garage Sale Trail is happening on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2018.

It's fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you're looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!


20-26 October 2018

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

Deaf Australia Inc
Every year, Deaf Australia and it's state branches gear up to organise events through a week long period which is focused on celebrating Auslan, Deaf people and the Deaf community in Australia.

20-28 October 2018

Children's Week

Children's Week Council of Australia
Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

21 October 2018

Pink Ribbon Day

The Cancer Council
Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.

21-27 October 2018

State Education Week

Queensland Government
The annual week-long celebration is an opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of students and teachers in state schools, and showcase their wonderful work to the wider community.
QLD

21-28 October 2018

Sock it to Suicide Week

White Wreath Association
Every year during the third full week of October is Sock it to Suicide week, the White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.
National

22-28 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Birdlife Australia
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - BirdLife Australia's first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you'll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!
National

24 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Kidsafe Day

Kidsafe
National Kidsafe Day aims to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the important work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
National

24 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

United Nations Day

United Nations
This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
International

24 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

World Development Information Day

United Nations
The United Nations hope to disseminate information about the challenges of world development to help promote continued efforts to solve some of these issues.
International

24 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

World Polio Day

Rotary Club
World Polio Day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio, and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV).
International

24-30 October 2018

Disarmament Week

United Nations
Disarmament week is a day to unite in the effort to reduce, limit and eventually abolish weapon usage.
International

27 October 2018

Day for Daniel (Morcombe)

Daniel Morcombe Foundation
The Day for Daniel is a National Day of Action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention.

27 October 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Big Cake Bake

Red Cross
Big Cake Bake is a delicious way to raise funds for Red Cross and help bake the world a better place.
National

1800 652 635
27 October 2018

National Bandanna Day

Canteen
This year's National Bandanna Day aims to raise $1.7 million to help young people living with cancer. The theme for this year's event is "Attitude is Everything - Buy It, Wear It". By selling, buying and wearing bandannas, you can show your support for young people as they fight cancer.

27 October 2018

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

United Nations
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a reminder to preserve our visual and audio documents that have become the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries.
International

28 October 2018

Injury Free Day

K.I.D.S Foundation
Simply nominate a day during October to promote safety and the importance of injury prevention. The KIDS Foundation Injury Free Campaign is an annual event which highlights the importance of safety and injury prevention. The campaign runs during October, Community Safety Month. Schools can register their involvement, receive free resources and show their commitment to safety by encouraging their students and staff to be safe at school, at home and within the community.
National

31 October 2018

Howl-o-ween

World Animal Protection
This Halloween World Animal Protection are calling on animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event and raise funds to help protect animals from suffering around the world.

31 October - 1 November 2018

Samhain (Summer's End)

Meaning 'summers end', Samhain is an ancient Celt festival marking the beginning of winter/the Celtic new year.
International
1 November 2018

International Drug Users Day

International Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.
International

1 November 2018

World Vegan Day

WVD Melbourne
Becoming vegan is the best way to help animals, the environment, and your health - and it's easier than you might think. There are a number of reasons why people choose to go vegan. The most popular ones are:
  • It eliminates suffering and saves the lives of thousands of animals;
  • It boosts your health and increases your life expectancy; and
  • It's a lot kinder to the planet.
International

1-30 November 2018

Learn On The Loo

WaterAid Australia
The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet every day - that's almost 8 hours a month. To raise funds and awareness for the 1 in 3 people worldwide who don't have access to a decent toilet, WaterAid is inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time during November to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month, ask friends to sponsor you, and help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don't have access to a decent dunny.
National

9001 8262
1-30 November 2018

Asbestos Awareness Month

Asbetsos Diseases Research Insitiute
Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

1-30 November 2018

E-Tea

Epilepsy Action Australia
November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with E-Tea! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. You'll receive a FREE goodie pack and access to loads of resources like posters, games, and invitations when you register - so get that kettle on and make a difference!
National

1300 37 45 37
1-30 November 2018

World Vegan Month

Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!
International

1-30 November 2018

Movember

Movember Foundation
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.

1-30 November 2018

National Novel Writing Month

Office of Letters and Light
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
International

1-30 November 2018

Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Awareness Month is used to promote lung health and focus on the impact of lung disease in the Australian community.
National

2 November 2018
(date to be confirmed)

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.

4 November 2018

National Day of Unity

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders announced a National Day of Unity in response to growing reports of discrimination, violence and rising tensions within the Australian community.

4-10 November 2018

National Others Week

Global Care
Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it's a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says - life is a team sport!
National

5 November 2018

International Volunteer Managers Day

International Volunteer Managers Day is a day to let those volunteer managers know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them - and to thank them.
International

6 November 2018

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

United Nations
Damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
International

7 November 2018

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
International
9 November 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Thank U NICU Day

National Event in Australian Neonatal Intensive Care Units
THANK U NICU Day is a national day held each November to thank and acknowledge all Australian NICU and SCN staff and the miracle families they help to create.

10 November 2018

World Science Day for Peace and Development

United Nations
This is a day to celebrate the responsible use of science to further the advancement of peace and development across the world.
International

10-17 November 2018

Australian Food Safety Week

Food Safety Information Council
Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council, Australia's leading disseminator of consumer targeted food safety information.

11 November 2018

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
National

11-17 November 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Adoption Awareness Week

National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is coordinated by Adopt Change and is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a pro-adoption community.

11-17 November 2018
(date to be confirmed)

National Psychology Week

Australian Psychology Society
National Psychology Week (NPW) is an APS initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.

11-17 November 2018

International Week of Science and Peace

United Nations
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.
International

11-17 November 2018

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week

Panda
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then PANDA has been leading the perinatal mental health sector in promoting the Week to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.
National

11-18 November 2018

Alopecia Awareness Week

Variety - the Children's Charity
Variety - the Children's Charity is all about helping Aussie kids be kids! Variety is championing Alopecia Awareness Week, raising awareness and raising funds to provide wigs to children effected by the condition. You can get involved by donating your hair to be made into a wig or hold a fundraiser to purchase a wig for a child.
National

12 November 2018

World Pneumonia Day

United Nations
World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and help prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia that occur each year.
International

12-18 November 2018

National Recycling Week

Planet Ark
National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.

12-18 November 2018

Antibiotic Awareness Week

NPS MedicineWise
Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.

During the global campaign, our aim is to create behavioural changes that drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in Australia by health professionals and misuse of antibiotics by the public. Download the Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign toolkit to find out everything you need to know about the week and access useful materials and resources.

International

13 November 2018

World Kindness Day

Australian Kindness Movement
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.
International

14 November 2018

World Diabetes Day

International Diabetes Federation
The World Diabetes Day campaign is an event used to increase understanding of diabetes, and to raise funds for research.
International

14 November - 31 December 2018
(date to be confirmed)

Dinesmart

Streetsmart
For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It's a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.
National

15 November 2018

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

United Nations
Every year more than 1 million people die from a traffic crash. This day is used to remember those who have died on the roads, and to remind the public to be careful when driving.
International

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