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1-31 March

Jump to Cure Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
The Jump to Cure Diabetes is the ultimate challenge - and a great way to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research. A tandem skydive is the easiest way to experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane, while you make a big difference to JDRF and medical research.

1-31 March

Australian Women's History Month

Women's History Month (WHM) is held annually in many parts of the world to acknowledge and document the role women play in making and shaping history.
National

1-31 March

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy Australia
Dig out the best of your purple garb - March is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Marked by a huge range of community activities, media campaigns and events, the month culminates on Purple Day on 26th March. Be part of the movement and help spread the word by wearing purple on March 26th.

1-31 March

The Water Challenge

WaterAId Australia
1 in 10 people worldwide don't have access to clean water. This March, join thousands of Australians by making water your only beverage to help give safe water to others. Take the fizz out of your drink, give your coffee a wake-up call and raise a glass to the one drink the world can't live without.

1-31 March
(date to be confirmed)

Bandaged Bear Appeal

The Royal Children's Hospital Westmead
The Bandaged Bear Appeal is The Children's Hospital at Westmead's largest annual fundraising appeal. Treating 100,000 patients every year, The Children's Hospital at Westmead relies on community generosity to raise essential funds for purchasing the most technologically advanced medical equipment, conducting vital research and maintaining the total healing environment that the Hospital is renowned for.

1-31 March

March into Yellow

Endometriosis Australia
Join the March into Yellow challenge to help raise the profile & awareness of endometriosis - a disease affecting one in 10 Australian women. During March, for a day, a week or the whole month, take the challenge to WEAR yellow to show your support and care for the women that live with this insidious disease every month of every year. You can use the yellow challenge as a way to raise funds to help Endometriosis Australia develop and run education/awareness programs, as well as fund much needs research.

1-31 March

Polite Pets Month

Animal Aid
March is Polite Pets Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about behavioural issues in pets, and addressing solutions to these issues.
National

18-29 March

A Taste of Harmony

Scanlon Foundation
A Taste of Harmony celebrates diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds.
National

21-27 March
(date to be confirmed)

Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination

United Nations
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24). On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
International

25 March

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

United Nations
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by armed gunman in 1985. His body was finally found in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in 2009.
International

25 March

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

United Nations
A day for UN member states to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people.
International

25 March

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

United Nations
Known as Slavery Remembrance day, this is a day to remember the consequences and lessons learned from the transatlantic slave trade.
International

26 March

Purple Day

Epilepsy Australia
Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.
International

30 March

Earth Hour 8.30pm

WWF
Earth Hour is an international sustainability movement, where individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all lights for an hour. Earth Hour aims to increase awareness of the impact we have on our world through the use of fossil fuels and electricity.
International

31 March

MS Melbourne Cycle

MS Melbourne Cycle
The MS Melbourne Cycle is the perfect opportunity to get on your bike with friends or family and explore Melbourne while showing your support for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

31 March

Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community held on the last Sunday in March every year. Its aim is to encourage closer, friendlier relationships between neighbours and to strengthen communities.

1-5 April

National Advance Care Planning Week

Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance care planning is invaluable because it ensures your voice is heard if medical decisions have to be made for you. Having a plan means your friends, family and doctors aren't guessing what's important to you or what an acceptable outcome is for your life.

Get the conversation started in your community during National Advance Care Planning Week by hosting or attending a local event.

National

1-10 April
(date to be confirmed)

NSW Seniors Week

The Department of Family and Community Services NSW

NSW Seniors Week is the largest annual celebration of seniors in the southern hemisphere.

Every March during NSW Seniors Week, government, community and commercial organisations hold hundreds of events across the state - art, technology, entertainment, health, wellbeing, sport and much more! 2015 NSW Seniors Week will be held Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 March.

NSW

NSW Seniors Week project team
Locked Bag 4001
ASHFIELD BC NSW 1800
1-30 April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) originated in the USA in the 1980s as a week-long awareness raising event. SAAM is now an internationally recognised campaign held every April.
International

1-30 April

Leo Club Awareness Month

April is Leo Club Awareness Month - an opportunity for Leos and Lions to raise awareness about the importance of engaging young people in the community through the Leo Club Program.

1-30 April

Adopt a Greyhound Month

Greyhounds are very gentle dogs, but unfortunately the racing industry breeds far too many every year. They are exploited and mistreated by the racing industry which only has use for them while they run profitably. If the greyhound is not profitable it is most likely killed. It is a sad fact that only a fraction of the approximately 20,000 greyhounds bred each year is alive to be re-homed.

Greyhounds need little exercise and generally spend about 18 hours a day sleeping, making them very suitable for people little in apartments.
International

1-30 April

Supermarket Free Month

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

1-30 April

Parkinson's Awareness Month

Parkinson's Australia
Parkinson's Australia is the national peak body and charity representing more than 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson's. Parkinson' Australia advocates for the Parkinson's community, promotes best practice models of service delivery, works to increase awareness of Parkinson's and provides information and education on Parkinson's symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatments.
VIC

02 6180 2817
Unit 8, 2 Phippes Close
DEAKIN ACT 2600
2 April

World Autism Awareness Day

United Nations
Autism, a developmental disability, is a lifelong disorder that impairs social interaction, communication and behaviour. World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase understanding of the disability.
International

2 April

Go Blue for Autism

Autism QLD
Each year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, iconic buildings across Australia and the world turn their lights blue to promote autism awareness. In support of this global initiative, Autism Queensland asks people Go Blue for the month of April to help raise awareness and funds to help us support Queenslanders of all ages living with ASD and their families.
National

07 3273 0000
3 April

Be alarmed! Change your smoke alarm battery!!

Working smoke alarms provide vital early warning in the event of a fire. When people are asleep, they can't smell smoke. Smoke alarms are essential to wake people if a fire breaks out; they give occupants early warning and time to evacuate safely.

4 April

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

United Nations
This is a day intended to draw attention to the plight of mine survivors and the gradual reduction in new casualties since the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty entered into force in 1999.
International

4 April

World Stray Animals Day

The Day for Compassion, Care, and Action for Stray Animals Worldwide.

April 4 is the worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals in the world. Dogs and cats should have a home. But stray dogs and stray cats don't. They lead poor and miserable lives on the streets, often illfed, suffering extreme heat, cold, and diseases, even more often being chased around by hostile and violent civilians and authorities. But we, as people who care about animals, can do something.

International

5 April

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.

6 April - 8 May
(date to be confirmed)

White Shirt Day

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, often known as a "silent-killer" as symptoms are vague and often strike without warning. By wearing a white shirt or t-shirt on this day you will be showing your support for women and their families impacted by ovarian cancer along with the OCRF's vital research.
National

7 April

World Health Day

United Nations
World Health Day is a commemoration of the founding of the World Health Organisation. It functions as an opportunity to focus on health issues that affect the international community.
International

7 April

Day of Rememberance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

United Nations
This day commemorates the deaths of 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa.
International

8-14 April
(date to be confirmed)

Meet Us On the Street: Anti-Street Harassment Week

Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it's not okay.

8-14 April
(date to be confirmed)

Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Australia
1 in 3 Australians is at increased risk of kidney disease. Kidney Health Week (encompassing World Kidney Day on 9 March) is a national, community campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys, and to shine a light on prevention and early detection of kidney disease, which affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians - 90% of whom don't know they have it. Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.
National

VIC
9 April
(date to be confirmed)

Riot Grrrl Day

April 9 is Riot Grrrl Day, in honor of Bikini Kill/The Julie Ruin/Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna. Riot grrrl is an underground feminist hardcore punk movement that originally started in the early 1990s and served as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.
11 April

World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, while also raising funds to continue research into a possible cure. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. Twenty-five Australians are diagnosed every day, with approximately 80,000 Australians currently living with the condition.
International

11 April

World Parkinson's Day

Parkinson's Victoria
World Parkinson's Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, while also raising funds to continue research into a possible cure. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. Twenty-five Australians are diagnosed every day, with approximately 80,000 Australians currently living with the condition.
VIC

1800 644 189
12 April

International Day of Human Space Flight

United Nations
12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.
International

13 April

Wear Green for Premmies

L'il Aussie Prems Foundation
The 'Wear Green for Premmies' campaign is a day where thousands of people wear green to show their support of the 25,000 babies born prematurely in Australia each year. The day raises awareness of premature birth whilst highlighting the trials and hardships that families face after an early arrival.

13 April

Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day

Syndromes without a name (SWAN) Inc
According to current estimates, 1 in 20 children are born with a genetic disorder, yet we only hear about the most common syndromes, or the ones that receive the most funding or have the biggest lobby groups. Of those children who present to geneticists with syndromic features, 60% may not ever receive a diagnosis.
National

14 April

Baisakhi - Sikh

The harvest festival of North India, the beginning of the solar year. For Sikhs, it represents the founding of the Khalsa, a Sikh brotherhood. Baisakhi always falls on 13th or 14th April and this is also the Hindu New Year for North India.
International

15 April
(date to be confirmed)

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD)

National Youth Coalition for Housing
Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness and public discussion about youth homelessness so that we can develop sustainable and innovative solutions for not only supporting the needs of homeless youth, but supporting the dreams of homeless youth.

15-21 April

World Creativity & Innovation Week

Each year International Creativity and Innovation Week is a celebration of new ideas, imagination and anything that has made the world a better place.
International

17 April

World Haemophilia Day

Haemophilia Foundation Australia
World Haemophilia day raises awareness of the inherited bleeding disorder.

17-28 April

Nature Play Week

Kids in Nature Network
Nature Play Week celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. The week is filled with over 40 Nature Play experiences for kids and their families facilitated by dozens of wonderful local organisations, parents and schools across Victoria, and beyond.

18 April

World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day is an opportunity to appreciate heritage monuments and sites for the international community. The day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

18 April - 19 May

The National Trust Heritage Festival

The National Trust
Celebrate our nation's multicultural makeup with 1500 events across Australia during April.

19 April

Good Friday Appeal

The Good Friday Appeal is a unique fundraising activity that brings together people from all parts of the community in a very special way. The common goal is to raise money for The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

19 April

Good Friday

Good Friday is a religious holiday primarily observed by Christians commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
19-27 April

Passover

Probably the best known Jewish holiday, Passover commemorates the story of the exodus, where the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery.
International
21 April

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.
International

22 April

Earth Day

Earth Day Network
Earth Day is a celebration of the environment we all share. It also acts as a day of conservation awareness.

22 April

International Mother Earth Day

United Nations
The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

22-28 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

23 April

World Book and Copyright Day

United Nations
Celebrated on a day when many great authors have died, including Shakespeare, World Book and Copyright Day is a world-wide tribute to books and authors. It also encourages people to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.

24 April
(date to be confirmed)

World YWCA Day

YWCA Victoria
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) celebrates women's leadership and acknowledge their own part in a global movement of women working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment.

24 April

International Guide Dog Day

Guide Dogs Victoria
International Guide Dog Day is a day to celebrate the important role that guide dogs play in helping the blind and vision impaired enjoy safe and independent travel.

25 April

World Penguin Day

A celebration of one of the world's most beloved creatures and a call to action for their conservation.
International

25 April

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day is more than a commemoration of the day ANZAC troops landed on the beach at Gallipoli in 1915, it is a day of remembrance for all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

25 April

World Malaria Day

United Nations
World Malaria Day - which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 - is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It is an opportunity:
International

26 April

World Intellectual Property Day

United Nations
World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact daily life. It also aims to increase understanding of how intellectual property protection helps promote creativity and innovation.

28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

United Nations
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. 28 April has also for long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.

28 April

Pay it Forward Day

Based on a concept from a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, Pay It Forward Day urges people around the world to commit random acts of kindness. It is a day to do good deeds, and instruct the recipient of your good deed to 'pay it forward', and return the good deed to another person.

28 April - 4 May
(date to be confirmed)

Heart Week

Heart Foundation
Each year the Heart Foundation uses Heart Week as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problem of heart disease and to help improve the heart health of all Australians.
National

29 April

Day of Remembrance for all Vicitims of Chemical Warfare

United Nations
This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.
International

29 April - 8 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
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