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1 March - 30 April

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.

1-30 April

IBS Awareness Month

FODMAP PTY LTD
BS Awareness Month is a nationally and internationally significant month.

1 in 7 people suffering IBS type symptoms - 15 times more people require a diet low in FODMAPs than a gluten free diet. There is currently no cure, only multiple IBS management strategies including the low FODMAP diet, Dietitian support, health care team, probiotics and prebiotics, gut hypnotherapy etc.


+61 3 9845 7155
1st Floor
91 Maroondah Highway
RINGWOOD VIC 3134
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

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

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
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.

2 April - 1 May

Ramadan - Islam

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.
International

14-25 April
(date to be confirmed)

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 - 19 May
(date to be confirmed)

The National Trust Heritage Festival

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

Monday 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

Monday 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.
Monday 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

Tuesday 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.

Wednesday 27 April
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Thursday 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.

Thursday 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.

Saturday 30 April

International Jazz Day

United Nations
In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.
International

jazzday.com/
30 April - 1 May

Samhain (Summer's End)

Meaning 'summers end', Samhain is an ancient Celt festival marking the beginning of winter/the Celtic new year. These dates reflect Samhain in the Southern Hermisphere.
International
Sunday 1 May
(date to be confirmed)

We'll Make a Change

CPL - Choice, Passion Life
The We'll Make A Change Trek will see you and your team choose one of two distances - 9km or 17km - and trek through Brisbane's beautiful D'Aguilar National Park.

Sunday 1 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

Sunday 1 May
(date to be confirmed)

Play Outside Day

Australian Conservation Foundation
Many of us don't get out into nature much. We're too busy, plugged in to screens and rushing through our busy lives. But nature is crucial to our health and wellbeing - and to the health of our planet. Nature is our life support system. It underpins our communities, our economy and our livelihoods. We all need clean air and healthy rivers, yet our politicians seem determined to exploit and damage the environment. But when nature is diminished, so are we. That's why we're holding Play Outside Day. Let's reclaim nature and grow our connection with each other and the places we love!
National

Sunday 1 May

Shine a Light on Road Safety

Road Trauma Support Services
Victorian drivers are being urged to turn on their headlights as a simple, free and highly visible gesture, to remember those impacted by road trauma and show their commitment to road safety.
VIC

Sunday 1 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

Sunday 1 May
(date to be confirmed)

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

RSPCA
The Million Paws Walk is a fundraising event for the RSPCA. The RSPCA investigates more than 50,000 of animal cruelty or neglect each year.
National

Sunday 1 May

Beltane

Beltane was a traditional Gaelic harvest festival, and was popularised as the 'Celtic new year.' It traditionally marked the beginning of summer.
International
1-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week

Tourette Syndrome Association of Vic.
The aim of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week is to spread knowledge of what Tourettes is, as well as ask for understanding and acceptance in the community and to undo the social stigma created by misinformation.
National

1-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

Sydney to Surfers

Rotary Club of Engadine
Sydney to Surfers Charity Ride - raising much needed funds for Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.
National

1-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

International Composting Awareness Week

Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE)
International Composting Awareness Week is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.
International

1-9 May
(date to be confirmed)

IAIM One-in-Five Challenge

International Association of Infant Massage
One in Five... is the number of Australian two-year olds who have already developed identifiable, clinical and serious indicators of mental health difficulties. That's around 200,000 babies and young toddlers every year who are facing mental health issues, before even starting pre-school. The IAIM invite you to participate in the One-in-Five Challenge to help reduce this number, and to give all babies and children a better shot at life-long mental health.

1-31 May

CareFlight Territory Challenge

CareFlight
Every month in the Northern Territory, CareFlight crews fly 80,000 kilometres to provide care for more than 500 patients. During May, we're asking Australians to sign up to our CareFlight Territory Challenge and collectively match this distance by setting your own exercise challenge. Sign up FREE to complete a kilometre goal throughout May, or set a goal of the hours you'll work out during the month. You can take part on your own, or in a team, and reach your Challenge target through any form/s of exercise and in any location.
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

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

Macula Month

Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macula Month 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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
(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

1-31 May

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 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.

2-3 May

Eid al Fitr (Islam)

During the month of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr is a time of charitable giving, peace-making and spiritual renewal.
International
2-8 May

Motherless Daughters Awareness Week

Motherless Daughters Australia
Motherloss Awareness Week will run from 2-8 May 2021, dedicated to recognising and acknowledging the impact of mother loss and raising awareness that Motherless Daughters Australia exists as a support network.

Motherless Daughters Australia is a national not for profit organisation that represents, informs, supports and connects women and girls whose mothers have died, to help navigate the everyday and life's key milestones.


2-8 May

National Family Day Care Week

Family Day Care Australia
National Family Day Care Week offers a chance for the family day care sector to unite and celebrate the amazing work of educators and approved services in shaping the lives of more than 142,400 children around the country.
National

2-8 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

Tuesday 3 May

World Press Freedom Day

United Nations
World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to:
  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
International

Tuesday 3 May

World Asthma Day

National Asthma Council Australia
World Asthma Day (WAD) takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. Initiated by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998, the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) embraces WAD and marks the occasion to highlight the need for ongoing care and vigilance in managing asthma.
International

3-9 May
(date to be confirmed)

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

The Chase and Tyler Foundation
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is Australia's national awareness week dedicated to raising consumer awareness on gas and fuel-burning appliance safety and preventative methods people can use to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. With numerous stakeholders coming together for this year's CO Awareness Week, the message about the dangers of CO will again be heard again throughout Australia via a range of events, media and other distribution channels. The Chase and Tyler Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises awareness on gas and fuel-burning appliance safety, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention and energy poverty. We do this via education, awareness, advocacy, research and services.
National

Wednesday 4 May

National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who have died and the ones left behind due to domestic and family violence.
National

Wednesday 4 May

International Star Wars Day

May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase "May the Force be with you" is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say "May the fourth be with you" on this day.
International

Wednesday 4 May

International Respect for Chickens Day

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex and they outnumber humans on this earth by more than 6 to 1. Yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet, so few are ever seen. Described as inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving, these creatures have their special day on May 4th, which is International Respect for Chickens Day!
International

Thursday 5 May

International Midwives Day

May 5 is the International Day of the Midwife. The aim of the day is to celebrate the importance of midwifery.
International

Friday 6 May

International No Diet Day

Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria Inc.
International No Diet Day (INDD) celebrates body acceptance and diversity. It encourages everyone to have a healthy and balanced relationship with food, exercise and their body, no matter what size or shape they are.
International

Saturday 7 May

Starlight Day

Starlight Children's Foundation
Since being formed as an Australian children's charity in 1988, the Starlight Children's Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia. On May 2, Starlight need your help to raise money for sick kids.

7-8 May
(date to be confirmed)

Vesak - Festival of Light

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

Sunday 8 May

National Amyloidosis Day

Adam Gardiner Fund INC
Over a number of years many patients had suggested that there should be a National Australian Amyloidosis Day in Australia so that there could be a united effort across Australia to raise awareness about this devastating group of diseases known as Amyloidosis. May 8 was chosen and registered as the Australian National Amyloidosis Day by Mrs Trisha Gardiner-Wilson of the Adam Gardiner Fund INC. in conjunction with Westmead amyloidosis centre in 2016 in honour of her husband Adam who had died from AL amyloidosis.

Sunday 8 May

World Red Cross Day

Australian Red Cross
Celebrated on the day the Red Cross founder, Henry Dunant (1828-1910), was born World Red Cross Day celebrates the important work done by the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements.
International

Sunday 8 May

Mother's Day

Mothers Day is the annual celebration of mothers and the hard work they do.
International
Sunday 8 May

Mothers Day Classic

National Breast Cancer Foundation
An annual tradition, the Mother's Day Classic fun run and walk provides the community with a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and raise funds for breast cancer research.
National

03 8677 3849
Sunday 8 May

International Thalassaemia Day

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia
Thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder in which inadequate or abnormal haemoglobin is produced. Patients with this condition suffer from anaemia amongst other complications due to inadequate red blood cells. International Thalassaemia Day is celebrated every year to commemorate patients who are no longer with us as well as raise awareness of the condition to improve patient care and research.
International

03 9888 2211
333 Waverley Road
MT WAVERLEY VIC 3149
Sunday 8 May

National Amyloidosis Day

Adam Gardiner Fund Inc
National Amyloidosis Day intends to raise funds and awareness for Amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which abnormal protein, known as amyloid fibrils, builds up in tissue.

8-9 May

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

United Nations
An international time to remember those all those who lost their lives during the Second World War, regardless of what side they fought on.
International

Tuesday 10 May

World Lupus Day

International Lupus Congress
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that may cause abnormalities in the function and structure of such vital organs as kidney, brain, lungs etc. World Lupus Day raises awareness about this disease.
International

10-14 May

Kiss Goodbye to MS

MS Australia
Wear red lipstick and help kiss goodbe to MS.

Throughout May you can get involved in Kiss Goodbye to MS events and activities taking place across the country. By taking part you will be helping support people with MS through funding vital research into the cause, cure and better treatments for the disease. Our vision is to create a world free of MS.

Thursday 12 May

International CIND Awareness Day

May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992. The diseases included in CIND include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome(GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) May 12th was chosen as it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She was believed to have suffered from ME/CFS.
International
Thursday 12 May

International Nurses Day

Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. It is a day to celebrate the role nurses play in the care of their communities.
International

Saturday 14 May

World Migratory Bird Day

United Nations
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and to help raise awareness around a specific theme.
International

Saturday 14 May

Pirate Day

The Kids' Cancer Project
Pirate Day is an annual national day of dressing up to raise awareness and much-needed funds for childhood brain cancer.
National

Sunday 15 May

International Day of Families

United Nations
The International Day of Families is an opporunity to raise awareness of issues relating to families in the international community.
International

Sunday 15 May

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day

Tuberous Sclerosis Australia
On May 15 each year, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day is celebrated around the country and the global. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a devastating rare disease that affects more than 2000 individuals in Australia and thousands more carers, families and friends who live with the impact of the disease.
National

1300 733 435
tsa.org.au
18 Central Rd
BEVERLY HILLS NSW 2209
15-21 May

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

15-22 May

National Road Safety Week

Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group
Every year, approximately 1200 people are killed and another 44,000* are seriously injured on Australian roads. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24. These numbers are growing every year but are preventable if we choose to Drive So Others Survive!. National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

16-22 May
(date to be confirmed)

UN Global Road Safety Week

United Nations
Particularly targeted at young drivers, Road Safety Week aims to increase awareness of the dangers present on the roads.
International

16-22 May

National Law Week

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

16-22 May

National Volunteer Week (NVW)

Volunteering Australia
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday to Sunday, NVW will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia's almost six million volunteers. Each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.

0480 258 723
PO Box 128
CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608
16-22 May

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

Tuesday 17 May

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is a worldwide celebration of exual and gender diversities, and an opportunity to rally together in an effort to help push for a world free of prejudice.
International

Tuesday 17 May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

United Nations
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
International

Tuesday 17 May

IDAHOBIT Day

Minus18 Foundation
On May 17 people all over Australia will stand against discrimination in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) mates, colleagues and families.

Go rainbow on IDAHOBIT and use the day to publicly stand with the LGBTIQ community. It's the perfect opportunity for your school or workplace to start small changes that can make a big difference.


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.

Friday 20 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Walk Safely To School Day

The Pedestrian Council
Walk Safely to School Day is an annual, national event that encourages all primary school students to walk safely, and commute actively, to school. Now in its fourteenth year, this community event promotes better attitudes to road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Parents and carers are encouraged to walk their children to school on the day.
National

Friday 20 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 21 May

National Community Language School Day

Community Languages Australia

National Community Language School Day promotes the work of community language schools and importance of language education by sharing activities with the local community. Whilst the Day itself is May 18, 2019 school can work around this date a week before a week later

National Community Language School Day is an iniative by Community Languages Australia that represents all community language school state and territory federations and associations at a national level.


L2, 189 Faraday St,
CARLTON VIC 3053
Saturday 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

Sunday 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 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

Sunday 22 May

The Bloody Long Walk

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
A 35km challenge in Melbourne to raise funds to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease (mito) - a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body's cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. Other events are held on varying dates throughout Australia.
National

22-28 May

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

22-28 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
22-28 May

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
22-28 May

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
Monday 23 May

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

23-24 May

Communities in Control Conference

Our Community
Australia's most inspiring annual community sector gathering, Communities in Control, provides for an opportunity for delegates to lift their gaze from the daily grind, to hear the latest community sector research and developments, to be challenged, to reconnect with others in or supportive of the community sector, and to reaffirm their commitment to and enthusiasm for the work they do.
Online

23-29 May

Natural Medicine Week

Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS)
Natural Medicine Week, hosted in May each year aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians, proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society. Natural Medicine Week is a great opportunity for natural medicine practitioners and users to come together to share knowledge and good health via a range of special online events running throughout the week. You can learn more about how natural therapies can support your health, get tips via the blog, or make a healthy recipe.
National

24-28 May
(date to be confirmed)

Myopia Awareness Week

Brien Holden Vision Institute
The aims of Myopia Awareness week are:
  1. To raise awareness in the Australian community about myopia
  2. To highlight the critical role optometrists play in changing the way we think and treat myopia
  3. To encourage the new standards of care (myopia control and management) to be adopted by optometrists.

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