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346 community events listed
August 2021

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

Wed 04 August

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD)

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD) is a celebration of human rights and Indigenous children. Held on 4 August each year, NAITCD was first observed by SNAICC in 1988.

Website: aboriginalchildrensday.com.au

04-10 August

(date to be confirmed)

OCD and Anxiety Disorders Week

Organisation: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

Anxiety Disorders week is an awareness week for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Events include support and social activities, seminars and promotional activities.

Website: www.arcvic.org.au/

04-10 August

(date to be confirmed)

Homelessness Prevention Week

Organisation: Homelessness Australia

Homeless Persons' Week is an annual awareness raising week held in the first full week of August each year to highlight the over 105,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Australia provides information sheets and resources to support events all around Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au

04-10 August

(date to be confirmed)

National Missing Persons Week

Organisation: Australian Federal Police

National Missing Persons Week aims to raise awareness about the significant number of young Australians reported missing. Out of the estimated 35,000 people who are reported missing each year, approximately 20,000 are under the age of 18.

Location: National

Website: www.missingpersons.gov.au

Sun 08 August

Dying to Know Day

Organisation: The Groundswell Project

Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.

Website: www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday/

Sun 08 August

Top 8 Challenge Day

Organisation: ausEE Inc

Imagine if food caused pain... nausea&hellip; reflux&hellip; was hard to swallow or even suddenly became stuck in your oesophagus... That can be the reality for someone living with an eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID). During National EOS Awareness Week on the 8 August, ausEE Inc challenges you to take our Top 8 Challenge. For one meal or for the whole day on the 8/8 to not eat any one of, up to all of the top 8 common allergenic foods and don8 to make a difference to those living with EGIDs.

Location: National

Website: www.top8challenge.com

Mon 09 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Organisation: United Nations

This is a day used to celebrate and recognize the stories, cultures and unique identities of indigenous peoples around the world.

Location: International

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

Thu 12 August

International Youth Day

Organisation: United Nations

International Youth Day is a reminder that investment in the worlds youth will provide a better future for all.

Location: International

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

Thu 12 August

(date to be confirmed)

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.

Location: International

Website: worldelephantday.org/

Fri 13 August

Left-Handers day

On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

Location: National

Website: www.lefthandersday.com

Fri 13 August

(date to be confirmed)

Red Nose Day

Organisation: Red Nose

Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for Red Nose. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities help to provide vital services and programs to the Australian community.</p> <p>Red Nose is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families. With offices throughout Australia and a national office in Melbourne our areas of focus include bereavement support, education, research, national awareness campaigning, advocacy and fundraising.</p>

Location: National

Website: www.rednoseday.com.au

Sat 14 August

Gay Uncles Day

With no day for all the nieces and nephews of the world to celbebrate their gay uncles, the internet called for that to change and dubbed August 14th Gay Uncles Day. August 14th is a day for everyone to celebrate their love for Guncles all across the world.

14-21 August

Kidney Kar Rally

Organisation: Kidney Health Australia

The Kidney Kar Rally is Kidney Health Australia's longest running event. Each year, all rally teams compete to raise significant funds for our National Kidney Kids Programs across Australia. These programs are designed to give kids with kidney disease the chance to regularly socialize with their peers and make long term friends.

Location: National

Website: www.kidneykarrally.org.au

15-23 August

National Science Week

Organisation: Department of Education

National Science Week celebrates the contributions Australian Scientists have made to the world. There are hundreds of activities, events and debates across the country during the week.

Location: National

Website: www.scienceweek.net.au/

16-22 August

(date to be confirmed)

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Organisation: Keep Australia Beautiful National Association

The aim of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign is to demonstrate the easy ways people can help the environment and also save money by making a few simple changes around the home and in their daily lives.

Location: National

Website: kab.org.au/keep-australia-beautiful-week/

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17-25 August

(date to be confirmed)

QLD Seniors Week

Organisation: Queensland Government & Council on the Ageing

Seniors Week is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contribution of older people.

Location: QLD

Website: cotaqld.org.au

Wed 18 August

(date to be confirmed)

Vietnam Veterans Day (Long Tan Day)

18 August each year is the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, now synonymous with Vietnam Veterans Day. In acknowledging Vietnam Veterans' Day, communities throughout Australia remember the sacrifices made by our young men and women in a conflict that spanned a ten year period, thus making it the longest war in which Australian's participated.

Website: www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org/node/vietnam-veterans-day-long-tan-day

Thu 19 August

International Orangutan Day

Organisation: World Orangutan Events

To recognise the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, every year. This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.

Location: International

Website: www.worldorangutanevents.org/

Thu 19 August

World Humanitarian Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Humanitarian Day is used to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in this regard, as well as to honour all humanitarian and United Nations and associated personnel who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.

Location: International

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

Fri 20 August

World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day on 20 August first came into being in 1897 when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross made the historic link that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.

Location: International

Website: malarianomore.org.uk/world-mosquito-day

21-27 August

Book Week

Organisation: Children's Book Council Of Australia

Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

Location: National

Website: cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

Mon 23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

Organisation: United Nations

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

Location: International

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

Mon 23 August

(date to be confirmed)

Daffodil Day

Organisation: Cancer Council Australia

Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council's most loved fundraising events and this year, every daffodil and every donation grows hope - hope for more survivors, hope for better treatments and hope for greater support. As the largest merchandise based event in the Southern Hemisphere, it's day to support all Australians affected by cancer.

Location: National

Website: www.daffodilday.com.au

Phone: 1300 65 65 85

Wed 25 August

(date to be confirmed)

Unity Walk & Run

Organisation: Parkinson's NSW

The Unity Walk is the perfect day out with family and friends. The event's focus is a leisurely stroll or, if you are in Sydney, an additional 4km or 8km Run, for a great cause. It gives a voice to all those living with or touched by Parkinson's.

Location: NSW

Website: www.everydayhero.com/au/

Wed 25 August

(date to be confirmed)

Amnestea

Organisation: Amnesty International Australia

Gather your friends, family or colleagues to share a cup of tea and raise money for human rights. Over the last 53 years Amnesty International has exposed thousands of human rights abuses. Thanks to people like you, wrongly imprisoned people have been freed and the guilty have been brought to justice.

Location: National

Website: amnestea2016.gofundraise.com.au

Wed 25 August

National Meals on Wheels Day

Organisation: Australian Meals on Wheels Association

National Meals on Wheels Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 78,700 volunteers that contribute to their community, and is celebrated on the last Wednesday in August each year.

Location: National

Website: mealsonwheels.org.au

25-31 August

(date to be confirmed)

Speech Pathology Week

Organisation: Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Week is the annual week to raise awareness about communication and swallowing disorders, as well as the work of speech pathologists.

Location: National

Website: www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au

Fri 27 August

Tracky Dack Day

Organisation: TLC for Kids

On the last Friday in August, Australians 'dack up and donate' by wearing tracksuit pants ('trackies') and fundraising for sick kids. This is an act of solidarity with hospitalised children, who are encouraged to change into trackies to lift their mood and create a more normal day-to-day routine.

Location: National

Website: trackydackday.com

Sun 29 August

Run for the Kids

Organisation: Herald Sun/CityLink

Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids will see people run or walk set courses - all people participating in this event play a part in raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Location: VIC

Website: www.runforthekids.com.au/

Phone: 03 9292 2901

Sun 29 August

International Day against Nuclear Tests

Organisation: United Nations

International Day Against Nuclear Tests is used to remind UN member states of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the hope that nuclear disarmament is possible.

Location: International

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

Mon 30 August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Organisation: United Nations

Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole. Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/victims-enforced-disappearance

30 August - 05 September

(date to be confirmed)

National Stroke Week

Organisation: National Stroke Foundation

National Stroke Week raises awareness of stroke which Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year. Get involved and hold an activity in your community to support the national campaign.

Location: National

Website: strokefoundation.org.au/How-you-can-help/Stroke-week

Phone: 1800 STROKE (787 653)

Tue 31 August

(date to be confirmed)

International Overdose Awareness Day

Organisation: The Salvation Army Crisis Services

Overdose Awareness Day is a commemorative day which acknowledges individual loss and family grief when loved ones have suffered overdose and are either permanently injured or have lost their life. The day also aims to raise awareness about overdoses from the use of both licit and illicit drugs.

Location: International

Website: www.overdoseday.com/

September 2021

Wed 01 September

Gold Bow Day

Organisation: The Australian Thyroid Foundation

The ATF Gold Bow Day highlights the increase in thyroid cancer and gives support to thyroid cancer patients undergoing Radio-Active Iodine Treatment.

Location: National

Website: thyroidfoundation.org.au/Gold-Bow-Day

Wed 01 September

Wattle Day

Organisation: Wattle Day Association

Wattle Day is oriented towards the future, encompassing positive virtues in the celebration of Australia and the Australian spirit.

Location: National

Website: www.wattleday.asn.au/

Wed 01 September

(date to be confirmed)

Footy Colours Day

Organisation: Fight Cancer Foundation

Fight Cancer Foundation's Footy Colours Day is a national community fundraising campaign that helps kids with cancer keep up with school. Join thousands of Australians by wearing your favourite team's colours and hosting an event at your school, organisation, group or club to raise much needed funds!

Location: National

Website: www.footycoloursday.com.au

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

National Asthma Week

Organisation: Asthma Foundation of Victoria

Activities organised to promote awareness of asthma to the general community - and highlight ways to help people manage asthma. Each state/ territory foundation organises individual events and is run during the first week of September each year.

Location: National

Website: www.asthma.org.au/

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Week

Organisation: Independence Australia (formerly known as ParaQuad Victoria)

Raising awareness and prevention of spinal cord injury. It is held in the second week of November all around Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.independenceaustralia.com/

Phone: 1300 704 456

Address: 208 Wellington Street COLLINGWOOD VIC 3066

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

Legacy Week

Organisation: Legacy

Legacy Week is an important fundraising day for many Australians. Over 100,000 war widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities benefit from the money raised. Many Australians regard this as one of the best times to remember the sacrifice made by many Australian soldiers and their families.

Location: National

Website: www.legacy.com.au/LegacyWeek

01-07 September

Spina Bifida Awareness Week

Organisation: Spina Bifida Foundation of Vic (inc)

Spina Bifida Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of the disease that affects roughly 5,000 Australians.

Location: VIC

Website: sbfv.org.au/static/upcoming-events/index.html

01-08 September

(date to be confirmed)

Adult Learners Week

Organisation: Adult Learning Australia

Australia's only national celebration and promotion of all forms of adult learning.

Location: National

Website: www.adultlearnersweek.org/

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/

Thu 02 September

(date to be confirmed)

National Health and Physical Education Day

Organisation: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Inc

National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools. If you are a teacher, why not take your class outside for a lesson or organise a PE-related excursion? Schools, why not plan a fun run or walk for your students? If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?

Location: National

Website: www.hpeday.com.au

Phone: (08) 8352 3288

Thu 02 September

Indigenous Literacy Day

Organisation: Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities.

Location: National

Website: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/indigenous-literacy-day

02-08 September

National Landcare Week

Organisation: Landcare Australia

<p>It's National Landcare Week from 2-8 September, a time for all Australians to acknowledge and reflect on the great work being carried out by over a hundred thousand volunteers who give up their valuable time to care for this great country we call home. <p>Landcarers across Australia grow our food, look after our environment, care for our coastlines, and protect our native animals. National Landcare Week was created to celebrate our hardworking Landcarers who are fostering a better environmental future for all.

Location: NSW

Website: landcareaustralia.org.au

Phone: 02 9412 1040

Address: Level 3, 6 Help Street CHATSWOOD NSW 2067

Fri 03 September

(date to be confirmed)

Badge Day

Organisation: Legacy

Badge Day is part of Legacy Week. Iconic badges are offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependants with a disability.

Website: www.legacy.com.au/LegacyWeek

Fri 03 September

Walk To Work Day

Organisation: Diabetes Australia

Now in its 23rd year, Walk to Work Day, on Friday 3 September 2021, helps employers and employees build regular walking into their daily routine and, at the same time, support a worthwhile cause. This year, the event continues to support Diabetes Australia. Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day promotes regular walking as a healthy activity and that will help people reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes (better physical, mental and social health) and raise funds for Diabetes Australia.

Website: www.walk.com.au/wtw/how-to-participate.asp