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208 community events listed
September 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

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/

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

01-30 September

Dementia Awareness Month

Organisation: Alzheimer's Australia

Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month.

Location: National

Website: www.fightdementia.org.au

01-30 September

Starlight Movie Month

Organisation: Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Movie Month is a chance for your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families.

Website: starlight.org.au/what-we-do/campaigns-and-events/national-campaigns/starlight-movie-month

01-30 September

Save the Koala Month

Organisation: Australian Koala Foundation

Save the Koala Month aims to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of wild koalas and their habitats.

Location: National

Website: www.savethekoala.com/how-to-help/save-koala-month

01-30 September

Biodiversity Month

Organisation: The Department of the Environment and Heritage

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year. The Department of the Environment and Heritage provides support throughout the year with a variety of resources for local groups promoting biodiversity.

Location: National

Website: www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/month.html

01-30 September

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Organisation: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September.The national event is used to raise awareness of the importance of mens health, and regular prostate checks.

Location: National

Website: www.prostate.org.au/

01-30 September

Social September

Organisation: Reach

Social September encourages us all to press pause in September - disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other, and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Location: National

Website: www.reach.org.au/

Phone: 0404 177 749

01-30 September

Blue September

Organisation: Australian Cancer Research Foundation

Blue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative about all the cancers that affect men - not just prostate and testicular cancer, but also bowel, lung, liver, pancreatic and other cancers. The campaign aims to raise funds for Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation charities to raise men's awareness of cancer and help them to reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer by making better lifestyle choices and seeking help sooner rather than later.

Location: National

Website: www.blueseptember.org.au

01-30 September

Australian Dystonia Awareness Month

Organisation: Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. (DNA)

Providing a pathway to support, information, literature and community awareness for adults and children living with dystonia and their carers and health providers.

Location: National

Website: www.dystonia.org.au/

Phone: 02 4784 3368

01-30 September

Debris Month of Action

Organisation: Project AWARE

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year, and scuba divers are doing their bit to battle this silent killer. During September, action is ramped up in order to combat the growing marine debris problem and inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris.

Website: www.projectaware.org/update/join-debris-month-action

Donate online

01-30 September

Foster Care Month

The primary aim of Foster Care Month is to raise the profile of fostering in the wider community by promoting the great work done by existing substitute care services in both the Government and non-Government sectors. The month also creates an opportunity to focus on the secondary aim of increasing recruitment by highlighting the ongoing need for the recruitment of appropriate foster care families

Location: National

Donate online

01-30 September

Liptember

Organisation: Liptember Foundation

Liptember is a campaign raising funds and awareness for women's mental health during the month of September. All funds raised during the month of September are donated to the Centre for Women's Health and Lifeline.

Location: National

Website: www.liptember.com.au

01-30 September

(date to be confirmed)

Big Heart Appeal

Organisation: Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease. As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in wills to continue our lifesaving research, education and health promotion work.

Location: National

Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au/campaigns/big-heart-appeal

01-30 September

Dystonia Awareness Month

Organisation: Australian Dystonia Support Group (ADSG)

Dystonia Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of dystonia - a neuroligical movement condition which causes unccontrollable movements, twisting ro muscle spasms and pain. There are different forms of dystonia which can also affect a person's speech and swallowing.

Location: National

Website: australiandystoniasupportgroup.wordpress.com/events/dystonia-awareness-month/

01-30 September

Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

Organisation: WomenCan

Every year in Australia more than 6,500 women will be diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and around 2,000 will die. WomenCan is the fundraising arm of the peak research organisation - Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG). During September the 'Save The Box' campaign raises awareness for cancer research. Many women are uncomfortable talking about their gynaecological parts. However, by understanding, taking early action and through research we improve life for women now and in the future.

Location: National

Website: www.savethebox.org.au

01-30 September

Australian Dystonia Awareness Month

Organisation: Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. (DNA)

Providing a pathway to support, information, literature and community awareness for adults and children living with dystonia and their carers and health providers.

Website: www.dystonia.org.au/

20-26 September

(date to be confirmed)

Meat Free Week

Organisation: Ethical Eats Ltd

Every march, meat free week encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals. At the same time, you'll also raise money for some very worthwhile charities.

Location: National

Website: meatfreeweek.org

Wed 22 September

Today

World Rhino Day

Organisation: WWF-South Africa

World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

Location: International

Website: www.worldrhinoday.org/

Wed 22 September

Today

World Carfree Day

Organisation: World Carfree Network

World Carfree Day aims to encourage people around the world te leave their cars at home for the day. The World Carfree Network promotes a global carfree culture.

Location: International

Website: www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

Fri 24 September

World Maritime Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Maritime Day is a UN awareness day for issues concerning the maritime industry.

Location: International

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

Sun 26 September

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Organisation: The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

On this day, patients, caretakers, family members, doctors, and friends help promote the work that health care teams are doing to raise awareness about mesothelioma and how to prevent it. Supporters wear blue and may wear mesothelioma awareness wristbands or ribbons. Mesothelioma Awareness Day has been uniting survivors, caregivers, and loved ones by honoring those affected by this rare disease.

Website: www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/awareness/

Sun 26 September

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Organisation: mesothelioma.com

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.</p>

Website: www.mesothelioma.com/

Sun 26 September

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is observed globally every year on the last Sunday in September. Rivers may make up only about 0.2 percent of all the fresh water worldwide but their importance is priceless. This day encourages citizens to get actively involved to ensure the future health of our rivers.

Location: International

Website: worldriversday.com/

Mon 27 September

National Police Remembrance Day

Organisation: Australian Federal Police

The National Police Remembrance Day honours the memory of those police men and women who have given their lives in the service of the community.

Location: International

Website: www.afp.gov.au/about-us/our-organisation/ceremonial-events-and-functions/ceremonial-events/national-police

Donate online

Mon 27 September

World Tourism Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Tourism Day represents an opportunity to address how tourism can help build tolerance and understanding worldwide by serving as a catalyst for communication and exchange between the different cultures of the world.

Location: International

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

27 September - 02 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week seeks to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops in our community and<ul> <li>boost donations of quality clothing and household goods to charity op shops <li>boost charity op shop sales <li>recognise the tremendous work of the volunteers and staff dedicated to supporting their charity op shop. </ul>

Location: National

Website: OpShopWeek.com.au

Tue 28 September

(date to be confirmed)

Hug a Vegan Day

Organisation: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Vegans are doing the planet, animals, and themselves a huge favor by ditching animal products and leading cruelty-free lives instead. Whether you're vegan yourself or you've got a friend, classmate, or family member who's vegan, share the love! Pledge to give hugs and spread compassion this "Hug a Vegan" Day.

Location: International

Website: www.facebook.com/Hug-A-Vegan-Day-148617091833843/timeline/

Wed 29 September

World Heart Day

Organisation: United Nations

Cardiovascular diseases are the worlds biggest killers. World Heart Day is a reminder to take care of your heart.

Location: International

Website: www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/

Donate online

Thu 30 September

(date to be confirmed)

Save the Koala Day

Organisation: Australian Koala Foundation

There is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia. In 2012, the Koala was listed as 'vulnerable to extinction', under Australian Law.

Website: www.savethekoala.com/

October 2021

Fri 01 October

International Day of Older Persons

Organisation: United Nations

The International Day of Older Persons is a celebration of the older people in all societies, and a reminder to continue developing a society for all ages.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/older-persons-day

Fri 01 October

International Coffee Day

Apart from recognising the enjoyment of coffee right around the globe, World Coffee Day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.

Website: internationalcoffeeday.org/

Fri 01 October

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day, October 1, is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism.

Location: International

Website: www.worldvegetarianday.org/

Donate online

01-07 October

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week

Organisation: Australian BPD Foundation

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness characterised by unstable and varying emotions, that can lead to volatile relationships and self-harm which can include suicide or suicidal ideation. Our aim is to raise awareness that BPD is a treatable illness with appropriate therapies and supports. <p>Our Awareness Week was ratified in the Australian Parliament on 1 Oct 2014 and is celebrated nationally every year. It is coordinated by the Australian BPD Foundation, and for the last 2 years has been funded by the National Mental Health Commission.

Website: www.bpdfoundation.org.au/bpd-awareness-week.php

01-07 October

Be Kind to Animals Week

Organisation: Edgars Mission

Be Kind to Animals Week is a nation-wide initiative to encourage and inspire people of all ages to be kind to our furry, feathered and finned friends. Take our fun pledge and receive a free postal pack and a daily email to provide inspiration with simple ideas and delicious recipes.

Location: National

Website: bekindtoanimalsweek.org.au/

Donate online

01-31 October

(date to be confirmed)

Great Cycle Challenge Australia

Organisation: Children's Medical Research Institute

Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes this October and ride to fight kids' cancer! <br> Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

Website: greatcyclechallenge.com.au

01-31 October

Injury Free Day

Organisation: K.I.D.S Foundation

Simply nominate a day during October to promote safety and the importance of injury prevention. The KIDS Foundation Injury Free Campaign is an annual event which highlights the importance of safety and injury prevention. The campaign runs during October, Community Safety Month. Schools can register their involvement, receive free resources and show their commitment to safety by encouraging their students and staff to be safe at school, at home and within the community.

Location: National

Website: www.kidsfoundation.org.au/

Donate online

01-31 October

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Organisation: Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc

Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held each October to encourage Queenslanders to show their support for ending violence of this nature and inform those affected about the help available.

Website: www.stopsexualviolence.com

01-31 October

Girls' Night In

Organisation: Cancer Council

Cancer Council's Girls' Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters. By bringing the ladies in your life together for this special event you will be raising much needed funds to help beat women's cancers.

Website: www.cancercouncilfundraising.com.au/girls-night-in

01-31 October

Nude Food Day

Organisation: Nutrition Australia

Nude Food Day is a nationwide initiative developed to encourage kids and parents to eat well and live well, and eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into schools. Nude Food Day can be celebrated any day (or everyday!) in October.

Website: www.nudefoodday.com.au/

Donate online

01-31 October

Mental Health Month NSW

Organisation: Mental Health Association NSW

Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign centres on World Mental Health Day, which is marked each year on October 10.

Location: NSW

Website: mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/

Address: NSW 2011

01-31 October

Ocsober

Organisation: Life Education

Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. Ocsober supports Life Education and Life Education's iconic mascot Healthy Harold who, for 30 years, has been empowering Aussie Kids to make smart, healthy life choices free from the harms associated with drug misuse.

Location: National

Website: www.ocsober.com.au/

01-31 October

Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It's about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we're done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our 'stuff'.

Location: International

Website: www.buynothingnew.com.au/

01-31 October

Dogtober

Organisation: Assistance Dogs Australia

Dogtober is a way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train another 25 super pups to help people with physical disabilities. You can help by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge which will raise much needed funds and awareness.

Location: National

Website: www.dogtober.org.au/

01-31 October

Foot Health Month

Organisation: Australasian Podiatry Council

Foot Health Month in October is a time to look after and love your feet.

Location: National

Website: www.apodc.com.au/

Address: VIC 3057

01-31 October

Crime Prevention Month QLD

Organisation: QLD Police

Crime Prevention Month is about educating the community about strategies they can use to reduce their chance of being a victim of crime. Through simple steps members of the community can take part in reducing crime and can increase their personal safety. Crime Prevention Month is an opportunity for members of the community to learn these steps.

Location: QLD

Website: mypolice.qld.gov.au/

01-31 October

Walktober

Organisation: Physical Activity Australia Inc

Physical Activity Australia have renamed October, 'Walktober' - Australia's walking month! It's the ideal time to celebrate walking. October is that time of year when you feel a 'spring' in your step; the weather is warming up and it's a great time to get outside. Join the Walktober Challenge and take steps to make sure that this generation of kids are active and healthy. Commit to 31 days of activity for a minimum of 31 minutes. At the same time, we raise funds to enable Bluearth and its programs to have a presence in more schools across Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.bluearth.org/walktober/

01-31 October

National Safe Work Month

Organisation: Safe Work Australia

In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month - a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace. <p>This year's theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.

Website: safeworkmonth.swa.gov.au

01-31 October

Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign

Organisation: National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)

October is international breast cancer awareness month and NBCF's biggest fundraiser is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign. Whether you hold a morning tea, a big breakfast event in your community or a get-together in your office, the donations collected will make a difference to people with breast cancer.

Location: National

Website: pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au/

Donate online

01-31 October

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Organisation: Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia Ltd

<p>October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and every year many events take place during October including the National Awareness Event, Light it Red for Dyslexia, which started in 2015. </p> <p>Light it Red for Dyslexia is an annual event that is administered by Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia on behalf of the national Dyslexia Support Groups. Throughout the month of October significant monuments and buildings around Australia are lit up in the colour red for Dyslexia Awareness.</p>

Website: codereadnetwork.org/

01-31 October

Lupus Awareness Month

Organisation: Lupus Foundation

The first month-long observance for lupus awareness occurred when President Reagan signed Public Law 99-365, designating October 1986 as Lupus Awareness Month. It marks the occasion to highlight the need for more awareness and financial support for a potentially fatal disease that affects close to 6 million world-wide.

Website: www.lupus.org/lupus-awareness-month

Donate online

Sat 02 October

World Day for Farmed Animals

Organisation: Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)

World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals hopes to continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.

Location: International

Website: www.dayforanimals.com/

Sat 02 October

World Farm Animals Day

WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY, observed on (or around) October 2nd, is a time dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the needless suffering and slaughter of the more than 55 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other sentient land animals in the world's factory farms and slaughterhouses. It is a time for all to speak out against the atrocities and brutalization of animals raised for meat, eggs, and dairy.

Location: International

Website: www.wfad.org/wfad/

Sat 02 October

International Day of Non-Violence

Organisation: United Nations

Celebrated on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi the International Day of Non-Violence aims to disseminate education and understanding of the positive effect of non-violence.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/non-violence-day

Sat 02 October

World Smile Day

Organisation: Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is known to have created the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.

Location: International

Website: www.worldsmileday.com/

Sat 02 October

World Animal Day

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated throughout the world. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Location: International

Website: www.worldanimalday.org.uk/

02-10 October

World Space Week

Organisation: United Nations

Who didn't want to be an astronaut when they were a kid? This week celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition as well as every child's imagination.

Location: International

Website: www.worldspaceweek.org/

04-10 October

(date to be confirmed)

Mental Health Week

Organisation: Mental Health Foundation of Australia

Mental Health Week is an annual national awareness event held in October every year. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community, to increase community awareness and education about mental health issues and to encourage participation in life enhancing lifestyles

Location: National

Website: www.mentalhealthvic.org.au/

04-11 October

National Amputee Awareness Week

Organisation: Limbs 4 Life

Limbs 4 Life empower amputees with knowledge and support to make a real difference, because no one should have to go through limb loss alone. <p>They provide information and support to amputees and their families while promoting an inclusive community. <p>Their vision is to ensure that no amputee goes through the process of limbs loss alone.

Location: VIC

Website: www.limbs4life.org.au

Phone: 1300 782 231

Address: Building 97, 45 GIlby Rd MOUNT WAVELREY VIC 3149

Donate online

Tue 05 October

World Habitat Day

Organisation: United Nations

United Nations has designated the first Monday in October each year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

Location: International

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

Tue 05 October

World Teachers Day

Organisation: UNESCO

World Teachers' Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.

Location: International

Website: en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldteachersday

Tue 05 October

International Tenants Day

Organisation: Tenants Queensland

The International Union of Tenants (IUT) has therefore chose these themes together with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal number 11, Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as the recommended themes when Tenants celebrate the International Tenants' Day around the world.

Location: International

Website: tenantsqld.org.au

Wed 06 October

World Cerebral Palsy Day

World CP Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. It is designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality. The project is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in over 30 countries. We welcome new countries and partner organisations.

Location: International

Website: en.worldcpday.org/

06-14 October

Navaratri (Hindu)

Navaratri is the hindu festival that translates to "nine nights". It is a festival for followers to invoke the energy of the Universal Mother.

Location: International

Fri 08 October

(date to be confirmed)

Odd Socks Day

Organisation: Grow

Odd socks day is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day. Stigma is undoubtedly still one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help and recovery from mental illness.

Location: National

Website: www.oddsocksday.org.au

Fri 08 October

World Sight Day

Organisation: WHO

World Sight Day seeks to raise public awareness on low vision. Blindness and low vision are critical issues in Australia, especially with an ageing population. World Sight Day is a global initiative providing an opportunity to raise the profile of the causes of blindness and vision impairment and the preventative measures.

Location: International

Website: www.who.int/blindness/world_sight_day/en/

Sat 09 October

World Post Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

Location: International

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

09-17 October

(date to be confirmed)

Queensland Mental Health Week

Organisation: Queensland Mental Health Commission

<p>Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to shine a spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our mental health and reach out to those who need support. <p>The event is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day, which is held on 10 October every year.

Location: QLD

Website: www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/

Phone: 1300 640 709

Sun 10 October

World Mental Health Day

Organisation: Community Council for Australia

Aimed to again shed a positive light, and raise the visibility and awareness of mental health in a community.The campaign encourages people to make a #MentalHealthPromise and shed a more positive light on mental health in a bid to reduce stigma for the one in five Australians who are affected by mental illness annually.

Location: International

Website: 1010.org.au

Sun 10 October

World Homeless Day

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people's needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness.

Location: International

Website: www.worldhomelessday.org/

Sun 10 October

National Hat Day

Organisation: Australian Rotary Health

Hat Day is the fun-draising day where you wear a hat and make a donation to help shine a light on mental illness in Australia. Register a Hat Day event with your workplace, club, sport team, friends, or family to support mental health research and reduce stigma. Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental illness research in Australia.

Website: hatday.com.au/

Sun 10 October

World Day Against the Death Penalty

The World Day Against the Death Penalty aims at raising awareness on the inhumane living conditions of people sentenced to death..

Location: International

Website: www.worldcoalition.org/worldday.html#

Mon 11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

Organisation: United Nations

The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people-grownups, boys, girls all across the world-a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 11.10 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/girl-child-day

11-16 October

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week

Organisation: Haemophilia Foundation Australia

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity for haemophilia foundations and other organisations, as well as individuals and families, to fundraise and take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.haemophilia.org.au/

Donate online

11-17 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Carer's Week

Organisation: Carers Australia

Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities. Carers Week events across Victoria provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring.

Location: National

Website: www.carersweek.com.au/

11-17 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Nutrition Week

Organisation: Nutrition Australia

National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to learn about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.

Location: National

Website: www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/national-nutrition-week

11-17 October

(date to be confirmed)

Anti Poverty Week

Organisation: Anti Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Location: National

Website: antipovertyweek.org.au/

Tue 12 October

World Arthritis Day

Every year on International Arthritis Day people with arthritis from around the World join together to make their voices heard and raise awareness of arthritis, an often painful disease that affects millions of individuals across the globe.

Location: International

Website: www.eular.org/world_arthritis_day.cfm

12-18 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Adoption Awareness Week

National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is coordinated by Adopt Change and is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a pro-adoption community.

Website: www.adoptchange.org.au

12-18 October

National Superhero Week

Organisation: Muscular Dystrophy Australia

Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and come to school or your workplace dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your school or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.

Location: National

Website: www.mycause.com.au/events/superheroweek2020

Wed 13 October

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Organisation: Advanced Breast Cancer Group

Advanced Breast Cancer Group - which sees women living with metastatic breast cancer supporting other women living with the disease. We are keen to make sure these women have a voice nationally.

Location: National

Website: www.advancedbreastcancergroup.org.au

Wed 13 October

(date to be confirmed)

Pink Ribbon Day

Organisation: The Cancer Council

Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.

Website: www.cancer.org.au/pink-ribbon

Wed 13 October

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

Organisation: United Nations

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a day for city-planners and governments across the world to think about the safety of the people who rely on them in the instance of a natural disaster. While it is not a day to actively decrease the instances of natural disasters, it is a reminder to these people that they must reduce the death tolls of the most major disasters.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/disaster-reduction-day

Wed 13 October

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Organisation: Advanced Breast Cancer Group

The day sees women living with metastatic breast cancer supporting other women living with the disease. We are keen to make sure these women have a voice nationally.

Location: National

Website: mbcn.org/october-13-national-metastatic-breast-cancer-awareness-day/

Fri 15 October

Global Handwashing Day

Organisation: The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing

Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap.<br><br> Each year on October 15, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.

Location: International

Website: globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/

Fri 15 October

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Organisation: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Research and Information

15 October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day, parents and families across Australia honour their babies who passed away from miscarriage, stillbirth or postnatal causes. To lose a baby is an agonizing heartache we wish no one would have to go through. If you have lost a baby, you are not alone: 1 out every 4 Australian women has lost a baby, too. Many bereaved parents find that being able to honour their babies on 15th Oct helps them on their journey to overcome the grief.

Location: National

Website: www.sands.org.au/october-15th

Fri 15 October

International Day of Rural Women

Organisation: United Nations

On the International Day of Rural Women we recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/rural-women-day

Fri 15 October

Fivers For Survivors Day

Organisation: The Freedom Hub

Fivers For Survivors Day is raising awareness for Anti-Slavery Day on the 18th and raising funds for the Survivors of Modern Slavery in Australia. The estimation is around $18,000 people living in slavery here, but we think it is more. <p>Join other businesses and corporates, who put on a 'lunch and learn' or after work 'drinks and learn', and every employee donates $5 or $50 toward ending slavery in Australia and helping victims recover.

Website: thefreedomhub.org/fivers-for-survivors/

Phone: +61 4 1272 1330

Address: 283 Young Street WATERLOO NSW 2017

Sat 16 October

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day

Organisation: Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD)

DLD is a developmental disability which affects who a person thinks about, understands and uses language. The cause for this is unknown and affects approximately 7% of the population. It is often referred to as a hidden disability, as people with DLD look like everyone else. It is hidden, but very common and often goes undiagnosed. As you can imagine, difficulties with language development significantly impacts a person's ability to make friends, learn at school and enter the workforce. A person with DLD is also at high risk of incarceration, anxiety/depression and suicide.

Location: International

Website: www.salda.org.au

Phone: 1300 881 763

Address: 33 Cubberla Street FIG TREE POCKET QLD 4069

Sat 16 October

GiveOUT Day

Organisation: GiveOUT

GiveOUT Day is a national day of giving to LGBTIQ+ communities, organisations and projects. Join us as we work to build the capacity of LGBTIQ+ projects and communities around Australia, and create greater visibility for these grassroots organisations. Sign up now to raise funds for your organisation, or donate to one (or more!) of the worthy projects.

Location: National

Website: giveout.org.au/giveout-day

Sat 16 October

World Food Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Food Day is a reminder that everybody deserves and needs access to food, particularly those who can't keep up with rising food prices.

Location: International

Website: www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/

16-25 October

(date to be confirmed)

Fair Food Week

Organisation: Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)

Coordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), to support the Peoples' Food Plan, Australia's Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food.

Website: fairfoodweek.org.au/

Sun 17 October

National Edge Day

Edge Day is an unofficial holiday founded by people who associate themselves with the straight edge movement. Straight edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. It was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock.

Location: International

Website: nationaltoday.com/national-edge-day/

Sun 17 October

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Organisation: United Nations

The UN developed this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/day-for-eradicating-poverty

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

Limb Difference Awareness Week

Organisation: Aussie Hands

Aussie Hands celebrates 20 years supporting Australians living with a hand or arm difference, and this year, members will share their stories to raise awareness of living with a limb difference.

Location: National

Website: www.aussiehands.org/limb-difference-awareness-week/

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

Week Without Violence

Organisation: World YWCA and WHIN (Women's Health in the North)

Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of family violence and encourages you to think and act towards a world without violence.

Location: International

Website: www.nifvs.org.au/event-directory/week-without-violence/

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

Organisation: Deaf Australia Inc

Every year, Deaf Australia and it's state branches gear up to organise events through a week long period which is focused on celebrating Auslan, Deaf people and the Deaf community in Australia.

Website: deafaustralia.org.au/nwdp/

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Organisation: Birdlife Australia

Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - BirdLife Australia's first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you'll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!

Location: National

Website: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Water Week

Organisation: Australian Water Association

National Water Week is dedicated to raise community awareness about current and future water issues and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It's also a celebration of water achievements in painting a sustainable future for generations to come.

Location: National

Website: www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/About_AWA/National_Water_Week.aspx

Phone: 1300 361 426

18-24 October

(date to be confirmed)

Sock it to Suicide Week

Organisation: White Wreath Association

Every year during the third full week of October is Sock it to Suicide week, the White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.

Location: National

Website: www.whitewreath.com

Donate online

Tue 19 October

Poinsettia Day

December 19th is Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima.

Location: International

Website: www.poinsettiaday.com/

Wed 20 October

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day

Organisation: JBI

Evidence-based healthcare is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals working tirelessly towards improving the science and practice of EBHC for the same aim: to improve health outcomes. This is a global initiative aimed at creating awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally.

Website: worldebhcday.org/

Wed 20 October

Ride2Work Day / Ride2Uni Day

Organisation: Bicycle Network

Ride 2 Work Day has become an established event on the annual workplace calendar. Whether you're a regular cycle-commuter or you're just thinking about having a go, now is the time to start planning for Ride to Work Day.

Location: National

Website: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/ride2work/

Wed 20 October

World Osteoporosis Day

Organisation: International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.

Location: International

Website: www.osteoporosis.org.au

20-21 October

(date to be confirmed)

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date! <p>It's fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you're looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!

Website: www.garagesaletrail.com.au