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March 2021

01-31 March

The Water Challenge

Organisation: WaterAid Australia

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

Website: www.waterchallenge.org.au

Donate online

01-31 March

Australian Women's History Month

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

Location: National

Website: womenshistory.net.au/

01-31 March

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Organisation: Epilepsy Australia

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

Website: www.epilepsyaustralia.net

01-31 March

Polite Pets Month

Organisation: Animal Aid

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

Location: National

Website: www.animalaid.org.au/

Donate online

01-31 March

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Organisation: QENDO

Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March (and beyond) with a mission to raise awareness of a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide.

Location: National

Website: www.qendo.org.au/qendo-march

Phone: 1800 367 96636

Address: PO Box 336 STONES CORNER QLD 4120

01-31 March

March into Yellow

Organisation: Endometriosis Australia

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

Website: www.marchintoyellow.org.au/

01-31 March

The March Charge

Organisation: Cancer Council NSW

The March Charge is a fun personal fitness challenge that has an enormous impact on how cancer is researched and treated. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, and by raising funds, you can help us Charge ahead with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services. You can choose to go solo or get your friends/family/colleagues together and do it as a team - it's up to you! Charge anywhere/anytime you like! Charge in the morning with your family or walk with your colleagues at lunch - it's your Charge and your choice.

Location: NSW

Website: www.themarchcharge.com.au/about

01-31 March

(date to be confirmed)

Jump to Cure Diabetes

Organisation: 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.

Website: www.jdrf.org.au/jump

01-31 March

Bandaged Bear Appeal

Organisation: The Royal Children's Hospital Westmead

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

Website: bandagedbear.org.au/

03-09 March

Hearing Awareness Week

Organisation: Deafness Forum of Australia

One in six Australians is Deaf, Deafblind, hearing impaired or has a chronic ear disorder. Hearing Awareness Week provides an opportunity to explain that hearing health is an important issue for every Australian.

Location: National

Website: www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au/

05-10 March

Today

(date to be confirmed)

Be Cruelty Free Week

Organisation: Humane Society International

Be Cruelty-Free Week aims to raise awareness of the leading global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Join Humane Society International and their partners around the world as we fight to end cosmetics animal cruelty-forever. A great victory for animals was acheived by convincing Europe to become the world's largest cruelty-free cosmetics market. But in 8 out of 10 countries it's still legal to test beauty products and their ingredients on animals. Join HSI and help us convince the whole world to Be Cruelty-Free!

Location: International

Website: www.hsi.org/issues/becrueltyfree/be_cruelty_free.html

06-14 March

Parks Week

Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role that our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. A range of formal and informal events take place across Australia and New Zealand during parks week - there is something for everyone.

Location: National

Website: www.parks-week.org

07-13 March

World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week raises awareness of the worldwide leading cause of irreversible blindness. The week also aims to raise funds to continue research in glaucoma.

Location: International

Website: www.worldglaucomaweek.org/

Mon 08 March

Canberra Day

Canberra day is an annual public holiday in the ACT which celebrates Canberra's official founding in 1913.

Location: ACT

Mon 08 March

International Women's Day

Organisation: United Nations

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through, and the accomplishments they have made despite barriers.

Location: International

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

Mon 08 March

Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, broadcast throughout the world.

Location: International

Website: thecommonwealth.org/commonwealth-day

08-14 March

World Salt Awareness Week

Organisation: World Action on Salt and Health (WASH)

Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health and are looking to cut down. However, whilst you can take control of your salt intake when preparing food at home by reading the labels and not adding salt, when eating out out of the home it can be difficult to know where to start.

Location: International

Website: www.worldactiononsalt.com

10-14 March

World's Greatest Shave

Organisation: Leukaemia Foundation

Every hour somebody in Australia is diagnosed with lymphoma, myeloma or leukaemia. Every second hour, somebody dies from one of these diseases. The World's greatest shave has raised in excess of $120 million since 1998, and uses the raised funds to support patients and families living with these blood disorders. Funds are also used to support blood cancer research to help find better treatments and cures.

Website: www.worldsgreatestshave.com/

Thu 11 March

World Kidney Day

Diabetes and high blood pressure are both key risk factors for chronic kidney disease. World kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health, and aims to reduce the impact of kidney disease worldwide.

Location: International

Website: www.worldkidneyday.org/

Thu 11 March

World Plumbing Day

Organisation: World Plumbing Council

<p>The international plumbing community, as represented by the Council, has a vital role in promoting the link between good quality plumbing, health, environmental sustainability and, increasingly, economic prosperity. <p>March 11 is marked by celebrations, competitions, seminars, and activities all around the world. People from within and outside the plumbing fraternity come together to learn, share knowledge, build connections and find opportunities to collaborate to improve the quality of, and access to, fresh water and safe sanitation.

Location: International

Website: www.worldplumbing.org/worldplumbingday/

Thu 11 March

(date to be confirmed)

Race For Kids

Organisation: Royal Bank of Canada

RBC Race for the Kids is part of Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) "Kids Pledge," which is a five-year, $100 million commitment to improve the wellbeing of 1 million children and young people. Last year, the race took place in more than 15 locations including London, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Sydney, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, attracting more than 124,000 global participants. Since its launch in New York in 2008, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over US$27 million for children's charities around the globe. RBC supports a wide range of programs that address the needs of the 'whole' child - mind, body and spirit-so that all children have a chance to reach their potential someday.

Location: International

Website: rbcraceforthekids.com/

13-20 March

Coeliac Awareness Week

Organisation: Coeliac Australia

Coeliac Awareness Week is held annually from 13-20 March. Coeliac disease remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in Australia. Public recognition of coeliac disease and the potential reactions to gluten (often self-diagnosed!) have never been higher, yet awareness of the condition among medical professionals continues to be low.

Website: www.coeliac.org.au/s/

13 March - 24 April

NSW Seniors Festival

Organisation: The Department of Family and Community Services NSW

NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, reaching up to 500,000 seniors each year. If you are over 60, NSW Seniors Festival gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community events, many which are free or heavily discounted.

Location: NSW

Website: www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/

Address: NSW Seniors Festival project team ASHFIELD BC NSW 1800

15-21 March

Kidney Health Week

Organisation: Kidney Health Australia

Kidney Health Week will be celebrated from Monday, 15th March to Sunday, 21st March with the theme Early Detection. Early detection is vital as 90% of kidney function can be lost with no noticeable symptoms.

Location: National

Website: www.kidney.org.au

Address: VIC

15-21 March

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

<p>Neurodiversity Celebration Week currently has over 600 schools taking part across the UK, Australia, Canada and the US. <p>The campaign aims to change negative perceptions about autism and learning differences. It also aims to encourage schools flip the narrative from focusing on the challenges and difficulties that neurodiverse students face, to also focusing on their talents and strengths.

Location: International

Website: www.neurodiversity-celebration-week.com/

15-21 March

Harmony Week

Organisation: Australian Government

Celebrate our cultural diversity by living the Harmony Week message everyone belongs in your workplace, community, school, sporting group, local councils and state governments. - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Location: National

Website: www.harmony.gov.au/

15-26 March

A Taste of Harmony

Organisation: Scanlon Foundation

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

Location: National

Website: www.tasteofharmony.org.au

Wed 17 March

St Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: L&aacute; Fh&eacute;ile P&aacute;draig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Location: International

Thu 18 March

(date to be confirmed)

Ride2School Day

Organisation: Bicycle Victoria

Ride2School day encourages children to become more active and healthy in and out of school. Children participate by walking, riding or scooting to school.

Location: National

Website: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/ride2school/

Thu 18 March

Close The Gap Day

Organisation: ANTaR

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are still dying 10 to 17 years younger than other Australians. For that reason, more than 40 national organisations came together in 2006 to form Close the Gap - Australia's largest ever campaign to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Location: National

Website: antar.org.au/close-gap

Phone: 1800 088 110

Fri 19 March

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Organisation: Bullying. No Way!

The theme of the day encourages parents and families to take a stand together with school communities and recognise the important role that everyone plays to stop bullying.

Location: National

Website: bullyingnoway.gov.au/preventing-bullying/national-day-of-action-against-bullying-and-violence

Sat 20 March

International Day of Happiness

Organisation: United Nations

Do something, big or small, to take part on 20 March and bring happiness to others. Everyone wants to be happy - and life is happier when we're together. So let's celebrate our common humanity. Join the community and be part of this special day.

Location: International

Website: dayofhappiness.net/

Sun 21 March

World Poetry Day

Organisation: United Nations

The United Nations describes poetry as another facet of the dialogue among cultures. World Poetry Day is a celebration of the contribution made to society by poetry.

Location: International

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

Sun 21 March

International Day of Forests

Organisation: United Nations

Despite all of the priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, we are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

Location: National

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

Sun 21 March

Naw Ruz (New Year) - Baha'i

Naw-Ruz (`New Day') is the Bah&aacute;'&iacute; and Iranian new year. It occurs on the date of the vernal equinox, and symbolises the new life of spring.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/international-nowruz-day

Sun 21 March

World Down Syndrome Day

Organisation: United Nations

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health. Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/down-syndrome-day

Sun 21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Organisation: United Nations

Celebrated on the anniversary of the 1960 shooting of 69 anti-apartheid protestors, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a reminder to continue breaking down all forms of racism and racial discrimination.

Location: International

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

21-27 March

(date to be confirmed)

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

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

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

21-28 March

Cultural Diversity Week

Organisation: Victorian Multicultural Commission

Every year in March, we bring Victorians together to celebrate our diversity. Multiculturalism is a core part of the Victorian identity, our character and way of life. As home to people from all corners of the world, Victoria is a place where anyone can contribute and belong. This year's Cultural Diversity Week theme pushes the boundaries and asks: What does multicultural Victoria look like in 2030? Through a hybrid offering of in-person and digital events, we'll invite participants to ask the big questions, spark constructive conversations and envision the future of Victorian multiculturalism.

Website: www.multiculturalcommission.vic.gov.au/cultural-diversity-week-victorian-multicultural-commission

21-28 March

Multiple Birth Awareness Week

Organisation: Australian multiple Birth Association

Multiple Birth Awareness Week is a celebration of families raising twins, triplets, and more. The day also aims to raise awareness of the challenges that go hand-in-hand with raising these children.

Location: National

Website: www.amba.org.au/mbaw

Mon 22 March

World Water Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Water Day is held to focus attention on the need for fresh water, and the importance of the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

Location: International

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

Tue 23 March

World Meteorological Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Meteorological Day is a commemoration of the day the World Meteorological Organisation was formed in 1950.

Location: International

Website: public.wmo.int/en/resources/world-meteorological-day

Wed 24 March

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Organisation: United Nations

The purpose of the Day is to honour the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/right-to-truth-day

Wed 24 March

World Tuberculosis Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Tuberculosis Day is designed to build public awareness about the disease which causes the deaths of several million people every year, mostly in developing countries. The day also aims to raise funds to help eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem.

Location: International

Website: www.stoptb.org/events/world_tb_day/

24-30 March

(date to be confirmed)

National Playgroup Week

Organisation: Playgroup Australia

Playgroups play an important role in providing parent and carer support and in promoting the value of play young children. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work undertaken all over Australia by dedicated parent and carer volunteers to keep playgroups running.

Website: playgroupaustralia.org.au/

Thu 25 March

(date to be confirmed)

FND Awareness Day

Organisation: FND Australia

Functional Neurological Disorder [FND] is a poorly understood disabling condition. People with FND have with neurological symptoms such as an inability to walk, paralysis, gait disorder, tremors, abnormal movements, seizures, blindness, an inability to swallow or talk and/or continence issues. In FND, generally the nervous system is structurally intact but functions abnormally, making diagnosis and subsequent access to care and treatment, more challenging.

Location: National

Website: fndaus.org.au

Thu 25 March

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/detained-staff-day

Thu 25 March

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

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/

Fri 26 March

Purple Day

Organisation: Epilepsy Australia

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

Location: International

Website: www.epilepsyaustralia.net/get-involved/

Sat 27 March

Earth Hour 8.30pm

Organisation: WWF

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

Location: International

Website: www.earthhour.org/

27 March - 04 April

Passover

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

Location: International

Sun 28 March

Neighbour Day

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

Location: National

Website: www.neighbourday.org/

April 2021

01-05 April

(date to be confirmed)

National Advance Care Planning Week

Organisation: Advance Care Planning Australia

<p>Advance care planning is invaluable because it ensures your voice is heard if medical decisions have to be made for you. Having a plan means your friends, family and doctors aren't guessing what's important to you or what an acceptable outcome is for your life. <p>Get the conversation started in your community during National Advance Care Planning Week by <a href="https://www.advancecareplanning.org.au/acpweek/host-an-event/host-an-event">hosting</a> or <a href="https://www.advancecareplanning.org.au/acpweek/find-an-event">attending</a> a local event.

Location: National

Website: www.advancecareplanning.org.au/acpweek

01-30 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. <br><br> Greyhounds need little exercise and generally spend about 18 hours a day sleeping, making them very suitable for people little in apartments.

Location: International

Website: www.adoptagreyhound.com.au/

01-30 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.

Website: www.facebook.com/leoclubs?ref=bookmarks

01-30 April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Organisation: 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.

Location: International

Website: www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home

01-30 April

Parkinson's Awareness Month

Organisation: 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.

Location: VIC

Website: www.parkinsons.org.au

Phone: 02 6180 2817

Address: Unit 8, 2 Phippes Close DEAKIN ACT 2600

Donate online

01-30 April

Adenomyosis Awareness Month

Organisation: 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.

Location: International

Website: www.qendo.org.au/

Phone: 1800 367 96636

Address: PO Box 336 STONES CORNER QLD 4120

Fri 02 April

(date to be confirmed)

World Autism Awareness Day

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/autismday/

Fri 02 April

Good Friday Appeal

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

Website: www.goodfridayappeal.com.au/

Fri 02 April

Go Blue for Autism

Organisation: Autism QLD

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

Location: National

Website: www.goblueforautism.com.au/

Phone: 07 3273 0000

Fri 02 April

Good Friday

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

Sat 03 April

(date to be confirmed)

Be alarmed! Change your smoke alarm battery

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

Location: National

Sun 04 April

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/mine-awareness-day

Sun 04 April

Easter Sunday

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

Location: International

Sun 04 April

World Stray Animals Day

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

Location: International

Website: www.strayanimalsday.org/