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343 community events listed
June 2021

01 May 2021 - 31 May 2022

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

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

Website: www.ctf.org/get-involved/nf-awareness-month

01-30 June

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Organisation: Bowel Cancer Australia

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1-30), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.

Location: National

Website: www.bowelcancerawarenessmonth.org/

01-30 June

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. CMV is the leading preventable viral cause of developmental disabilities. June is the time to raise awareness of CMV and to improve lives.

Location: International

Website: www.cmv.org.au/

01-30 June

Migraine Awareness Month

Organisation: Migraine Australia

Migraine Awareness Month is an International Event held every year in June and is organised in Australia by Migraine Australia, a national patient advocacy organisation founded to support all Australians living with migraine and their families.

Website: www.migraine.org.au/

17-29 June

(date to be confirmed)

World Continence Week

Organisation: Continence Foundation of Australia

The Continence Foundation of Australia relies on its members and other individuals and organisations to assist with the promotion of World Continence Week and its theme to the local communities and media networks. Every year individuals and organisations have contributed in reaching out to its local networks, including those who are, or are at risk of becoming, incontinent.

Location: International

Website: www.continence.org.au/

Fri 25 June

Today

Day of the Seafarer

Organisation: United Nations

The Day of the Seafarer celebrates the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

Location: International

Website: www.imo.org/About/Events/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer.aspx

Donate online

Sat 26 June

World Drug Day: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Organisation: United Nations

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day used to raise awareness of the threat to public health and safety that illicit drugs pose.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/end-drug-abuse-day

Sat 26 June

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Organisation: Advantage Petcare

Having dogs in the workplace has a whole range of benefits - from reducing stress to increasing productivity and improving team relationships. It's also great for your dog, who gets to spend the day with you rather than at home alone.

Location: International

Website: www.petsit.com

Sat 26 June

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Organisation: United Nations

Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/torture-victims-day

Sun 27 June

PTSD Awareness Day

Organisation: Phoenix Australia

This international day raises awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure more people know about the condition and more people who suffer PTSD will seek treatment. PTSD is the most common mental health disorder after depression. In Australia the day is recognised by the Department of Health.

Location: National

Website: www.phoenixaustralia.org

Phone: 03 9035 5599

Tue 29 June

World Scleroderma Day

Organisation: Scleroderma Australia

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. June 29 is a day to recognise the bravery of those who live with this disease and to demand equal treatment and equal care for people with scleroderma.

Location: National

Website: www.sclerodermaaustralia.com.au/

29 June - 02 July

(date to be confirmed)

Katherine to Darwin Challenge

Organisation: Total Recreation NT Inc.

Up to fifty riders will complete the over 300km demanding route over 3 consecutive days. The aim is raise funds for Total Recreation, a community based not for profit organisation that provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in sporting and recreational activities. Get involved, support a rider by donating or start your training today, join the peloton and take up the challenge.

Location: NT

Website: www.k2dc.com.au

Donate online

Wed 30 June

Social Media Day

Organisation: Mashable

In the spirit of these technologies that connect us, Social Media Day brings us together - both online and offline.<br><br> Around the world, organizers have assembled a variety of events this year, including business networking, educational panels, training sessions and social gatherings. Meetups will take place on six continents - in some instances bringing hundreds or even thousands of people together. Certain places such as the Philippines are even taking the entire weekend to celebrate with a variety of events.<br><br> You can follow along by tracking the #smday hashtag, and by connecting with fellow social-media fans at a Social Media Day Meetup near you.<br><br> For updates and to find out what other organizers are up to, follow our @mashsmday Twitter account, and like our Social Media Day Facebook page.

Website: mashable.com/smday/

July 2021

01-31 July

Dry July

Organisation: Dry July Foundation

<p>Dry July is a national fundraiser, run by Dry July Foundation, that encourages people to go alcohol-free in July and raise funds for people affected by cancer. <p>Funds are provided to projects and programs that improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer- whether it's a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer. <p>Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits and encourages awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption. The challenge is a perfect fit for workplaces or social groups.

Location: National

Website: au.dryjuly.com/

01-31 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Desexing Month

Unplanned litters contribute to the overpopulation of cats and dogs and if you choose not to desex your pet then you are inviting the possibility of your pet breeding. National Desexing Month specials are offered to the general public usually during the month of July.

Website: ndn.org.au/

01-31 July

JulEYE

Organisation: Australia and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF)

Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.

Location: National

Website: ranzco.edu/home/foundation/juleye/

Sun 04 July

(date to be confirmed)

NAIDOC Week

Organisation: NAIDOC

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is usually held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Location: National

Website: www.naidoc.org.au

Tue 06 July

(date to be confirmed)

International Day of Cooperatives

Organisation: United Nations

International Day of Cooperatives is a day used by the United Nations to celebrate the role of cooperatives in economic social and cultural development, and in the achievement of social policy objectives.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/cooperatives-day

Sun 11 July

Cycle of Giving/Tour de Brisbane

Organisation: The Common Good

Every year The Common Good hosts the Cycle of Giving; a cycling event to raise funds for organ transplant research. The Prince Charles Hospital is one of the leading organ and tissue transplant facilities in Australia, and every dollar raised through the Cycle of Giving goes to supporting cutting edge organ transplant research at the facility. Cycle of Giving has joined forces with Tour de Brisbane to introduce a broader rider population to the need to fund more organ transplant research.

Location: QLD

Website: www.thecommongood.org.au/tour-de-brisbane-2021/

Sun 11 July

(date to be confirmed)

World Population Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Population Day serves to both celebrate humanity itself, and to remind us that we need to look after each other and the planet we live on.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/world-population-day

Mon 12 July

Malala Day

Organisation: UN Global Education First

On this day we remember the millions of children worldwide (mostly girls) who do not go to school and reaffirm our commitment to defend the right to education for all children.

Location: International

Website: www.globaleducationfirst.org/malaladay.html

Mon 12 July

(date to be confirmed)

AIME National Hoodie Day

Organisation: AIME Mentoring

Hoodie Day is a chance for the whole nation to don an AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) hoodie and spread the message of Indigenous success. AIME wants to help people to keep a roof over their head by splitting profits from sales of its most successful fundraising product, the AIME Hoodie, with those struggling to get by.

Website: aimementoring.com

Donate online

14-20 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Diabetes Week

Organisation: Diabetes Australia

Each year Diabetes Australia celebrates National Diabetes Week to raise awareness about diabetes in Australia. The campaign aims to educate Australia of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how type 2 can be prevented.

Location: National

Website: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/national-diabetes-week

15-21 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Wound Awareness Week

Organisation: Australian Wound Management Association

Around 300,000 Australians, mostly elderly and on pensions, suffer lower leg ulcers requiring regular care. The Australian Wound Management Association is working with its 3,000 nurses, doctors and allied health members to bring about equity of care and improve quality of life.

Website: www.awma.com.au

Sun 18 July

(date to be confirmed)

Nelson Mandela International Day

Organisation: United Nations

The UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping people on Nelson Mandela International Day - one minute for each year Nelson Mandela devoted his life to serving humanity.

Location: International

Website: www.mandeladay.com/

Mon 19 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Pyjama Day

Organisation: The Pyjama Foundation

Thousands of schools, businesses and groups will be encouraged to stay in their PJs to show support for The Pyjama Foundation's work with Australian children in foster care.

Location: National

Website: www.thepyjamafoundation.com/

Phone: 07 3256 8802

21-26 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Farm Safety Week

Organisation: Farmsafe Australia's Operations Centre

National Farm Safety Week aims to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.farmsafe.org.au/Farm-Safety-Week

22-28 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Pain Week

Organisation: Chronic Pain Australia

National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain; work towards creating healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s; and to reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.

Location: National

Website: www.nationalpainweek.org.au/

Sat 24 July

(date to be confirmed)

Stress Down Day

Organisation: Lifeline Australia

Stress Down Day is a fundraising event to help cover the cost of running Lifeline's 24 hour telephone counseling line - 13 11 14. Workplaces participate by enjoying a day of stress reducing activities, including wearing casual dress to work, in exchange for a donation to the cause.

Location: National

Website: www.lifeline.org.au/get-involved/campaigns-events/

Sat 24 July

Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

Asalha Puja Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism. It is observed on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eight lunar month (July), and is a celebration of the foundation of the Sangha (the community of Buddhist monks).

Location: International

Mon 26 July

(date to be confirmed)

Crazy Hair Day

Organisation: Cystic Fibrosis Victoria

Crazy Hair Day is a day to go crazy with your hair - teased, coloured, gelled or twisted; wigs and scarves, punk or just plain messy! is an annual fundraising event organised by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) and is a fun way for schools to celebrate the start of third term.

Location: National

Website: www.crazyhair.com.au

Wed 28 July

World Hepatitis Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of chronic hepatitis A, B and C.

Location: International

Website: www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/

28 July - 04 August

(date to be confirmed)

Donate Life Week

Organisation: Donate Life

DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government's National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates.

Location: National

Website: www.donatelife.gov.au

Fri 30 July

(date to be confirmed)

Gastroschisis Awareness Day

Organisation: Avery Angels Gastroschisis Foundation

Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from a hole in the abdomen, typically to the right of the umbilical cord. Occasionally, other organs are involved as well. While approximately 90% of affected infants survive in industrialized nations with proper medical care, there is still a 10% mortality rate due to complications or related defects and infections - even with the best medical care. Gastroschisis affects 1 out of every 2229 babies according to the CDC, although the actual rate varies by state. Rates of gastroschisis are increasing worldwide, and this trend is being called a "pandemic" by many researchers. The medical community still does not know what causes gastroschisis. Although the overall prognosis is good for most infants born with this birth defect provided they have access to medical care, complications do arise. Studies show that gastroschisis is the leading cause of intestinal transplantation, and that 40% of gastroschisis survivors will need to be readmitted to the hospital at some point due to complications, the most common of which are bowel obstruction and abdominal pain.

Location: National

Website: averysangels.org

Fri 30 July

International Day of Friendship

Organisation: United Nations

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/friendship-day

Sat 31 July

(date to be confirmed)

White Ribbon Night

Organisation: White Ribbon

Join communities across Australia to unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to get the word out. You can invite two people or 2,000 to your movie night, games night, dinner party, watch the footy with mates... the possibilities are endless!

Location: National

Website: events.whiteribbon.org.au/join-an-existing-event/whiteribbonnight2020

Phone: 02 9045 8444

Sat 31 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Stepfamily Awareness Day

Organisation: The Stepfamily Association of Victoria

The last Sunday in July has been designated as 'National Stepfamily Awareness Day'. A day dedicated to the stepfamily, it provides an opportunity to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the great work that stepfamilies do.

Location: National

Website: www.stepfamily.org.au/

Donate online

Sat 31 July

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures.

Location: International

Website: www.internationalrangers.org/

31 July 2021 - 31 July 2022

(date to be confirmed)

Schools Tree Day

Organisation: Planet Ark

Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!

Location: National

Website: treeday.planetark.org/schools/

August 2021

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)

National EOS Awareness Week

Organisation: ausEE Inc.

National EOS Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.eosaware.com

Donate online

01-07 August

World Breastfeeding Week

Organisation: United Nations

World Breastfeeding Week aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need.

Location: International

Website: www.breastfeeding.asn.au/world-breastfeeding-week

01-31 August

Tradies National Health Month

Organisation: The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Blue

Tradies National Health Month focuses on educating and engaging tradies on the importance of full body health and safety, with handy tips and hints tailored to the needs of a tradie.

Location: National

Website: www.tradieshealth.com.au

01-31 August

National Tick Awareness Month for Pets

Organisation: NexGard

National Tick Awareness Month for Pets is intended to raise awareness amongst pet owners about the importance of preventing ticks, including paralysis ticks. The month aims to educate owners and encourage them to talk to their vet about risks of ticks and how they can be prevented.

Website: www.nexgard.com.au/tickcheck

01-31 August

(date to be confirmed)

MS Readathon - One month challenge

Organisation: Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MSL)

The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). It encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time raising their community awareness and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

Location: National

Website: www.ms.org.au

Phone: 1300 677 323

01 August - 31 October

Great Northern Clean Up

Organisation: Clean Up Australia

The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during the months of August, September and October - a time of year which is more suitable for communities living in the tropical North. <br> Since the campaign started in 2009 more than 30,000 volunteers have removed the equivalent of 1,800 ute loads of rubbish from 813 sites north of the Tropic of Capricorn. This year the event is taking place during the months of August-October when an estimated 3,851 volunteers have already removed around 277 ute loads of rubbish from 126 sites across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Location: National

Website: www.cleanup.org.au/the-great-northern-clean-up

Phone: 02 8197 3412

02 August - 02 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Tree Day

Organisation: Planet Ark

Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event. People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.

Location: National

Website: treeday.planetark.org/

Mon 02 August

(date to be confirmed)

Jeans for Genes Day

Organisation: Children's Medical Research Institute

Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children's Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.

Website: www.jeansforgenes.org.au

Phone: 1800 677 260

02-08 August

(date to be confirmed)

Dental Health Week

Organisation: Australian Dental Association inc

Held on the first week of August, Dental Health Week raises awareness of how to best look after your and your children's teeth.

Website: www.dentalhealthweek.com.au/

02-08 August

(date to be confirmed)

Local Government Week

Organisation: Local Government NSW

NSW councils and their staff provide invaluable services to local communities on a daily basis. While many people are aware that councils manage rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of their work often goes unrecognised. Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers, businesses - the whole community!

Location: NSW

Website: www.lgnsw.org.au/events-training/local-government-week