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1-30 April
Today

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
Today

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
Today

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
Today

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
Today

Adenomyosis Awareness Month

QENDO
April is #AdenomyosisAwarenessMonth. Adenomyosis is a disease of the uterus, and it can cause debilitating pain and severe menstrual bleeding for some women. Help raise awareness of this debilitating disease, and minimally invasive treatment.
International

1800 367 96636
PO Box 336
STONES CORNER QLD 4120
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

23 April - 23 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

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 - 5 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

Thursday 30 April
(date to be confirmed)

Email Debt Forgiveness Day

It's easy to forget, to delay, to decide it takes too long to sit down and write down whole sentences of thought in our multi-platform, hyper-distracted culture. But Email Debt Forgiveness day is an awesome motivation to catch up on those emails you've meant to send or are anxiously avoiding.

Together, we can all make our inboxes less stressful for another year.


Thursday 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/
Friday 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
Friday 1 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

1-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

National Youth Week

National Youth Week is an annual, weeklong celebration of young people (12 to 25) throughout Australia. National Youth Week encourages youths to share ideas, attend events, discuss youth issues, showcase their talents and even have a bit of fun.

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

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

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
(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

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)

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

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

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

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
(date to be confirmed)

Supermarket Free Month

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

2-8 May
(date to be confirmed)

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

Sunday 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

Sunday 3 May
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Monday 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

Monday 4 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

Monday 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

4-7 May
(date to be confirmed)

Ride to Cure Diabetes

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
The Ride to Cure Diabetes creates a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes. Held in the Barossa Valley, Riders choose to challenge themselves on one of three professionally run courses of 35km, 80km or 160km. Some people come for the day while others stay for the weekend commemorating their great achievements with superb food and wine and fantastic accommodation.
SA

4-8 May
(date to be confirmed)

Live Below the Line

Oaktree Foundation
From 4-8 May, 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.

4-10 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

Tuesday 5 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

Tuesday 5 May
(date to be confirmed)

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

5-11 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

Wednesday 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

6-12 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

Thursday 7 May
(date to be confirmed)

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
Thursday 7 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

Thursday 7 May
(date to be confirmed)

International Tell Your Crush Day

International Tell Your Crush Day was hatched out of a simple and honest desire to see more people be open and honest about the world around them.
International

7-8 May

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.

Friday 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

Friday 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.

Friday 8 May
(date to be confirmed)

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
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

8-14 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

Sunday 10 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 10 May

Mother's Day

Mothers Day is the annual celebration of mothers and the hard work they do.
International
Sunday 10 May
(date to be confirmed)

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

Monday 11 May
(date to be confirmed)

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

Tuesday 12 May
(date to be confirmed)

Missing Orangutan Mothers

Orangutan Outreach
Orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly close relationship. Baby orangutans don't have a support network around to give them the many lessons of finding food, building nests and other survival skills. Because of the growing demand for palm oil, though, more and more orangutan mothers are being killed every year on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 12 May

International 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

13-19 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.

14-18 May

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.

Friday 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

Friday 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
(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

Sunday 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

Sunday 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.


Sunday 17 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

Sunday 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 19 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

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
20-21 May
(date to be confirmed)

Communities in Control Conference

Our Community
Australia's most inspiring social movement - the biggest and best annual not-for-profit sector gathering.


03 9320 6800
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
Thursday 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)

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

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

Friday 22 May
(date to be confirmed)

Bitcoin Pizza Day

Bitcoin (BTC) users around the world celebrate "Bitcoin Pizza Day" today, May 22. The price of one of the legendary pizzas purchased on this day in 2010 was worth $41.4m in 2018.
International
Friday 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.

Friday 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 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

Saturday 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 24 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
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

Monday 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

Monday 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

Tuesday 26 May
(date to be confirmed)

Girl Guides Australia National Biscuit Day

Girl Guides Australia
On May 20, Girl Guides across Australia sell Girl Guide Biscuits with all funds raised directly supporting local Girl Guides in the community. The theme for 2017 is "Give her change. She'll make change."
National

Tuesday 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 - 1 June
(date to be confirmed)

Food Alergy 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
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 29 May
(date to be confirmed)

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
Friday 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

Friday 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 30 May

World MS Day

MS Australia
World MS Day is a day to educate and inform people across the world about the different types of access issues faced by people with Multiple Sclerosis.
National

Saturday 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
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