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560 community events listed
April 2021

Wed 07 April

(date to be confirmed)

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

Wed 07 April

World Health Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Health Day is a commemoration of the founding of the World Health Organisation. It functions as an opportunity to focus on health issues that affect the international community.

Location: International

Website: www.who.int/westernpacific/news/events/world-health-day

Wed 07 April

Day of Rememberance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

Organisation: United Nations

This day commemorates the deaths of 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/

Fri 09 April

(date to be confirmed)

Riot Grrrl Day

April 9 is Riot Grrrl Day, in honor of Bikini Kill/The Julie Ruin/Le Tigre's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Hanna" target="new">Kathleen Hanna</a>. Riot grrrl is an underground feminist hardcore punk movement that originally started in the early 1990s and served as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.

Sun 11 April

World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, while also raising funds to continue research into a possible cure. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. Twenty-five Australians are diagnosed every day, with approximately 80,000 Australians currently living with the condition.

Location: International

Website: www.parkinsons.org.au/

Sun 11 April

Cycle of Giving/Tour de Brisbane

Organisation: The Common Good

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

Location: QLD

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

Mon 12 April

International Day of Human Space Flight

Organisation: United Nations

12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.

Location: International

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

Tue 13 April

(date to be confirmed)

Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day

Organisation: Syndromes without a name (SWAN) Inc

According to current estimates, 1 in 20 children are born with a genetic disorder, yet we only hear about the most common syndromes, or the ones that receive the most funding or have the biggest lobby groups. Of those children who present to geneticists with syndromic features, 60% may not ever receive a diagnosis.

Location: National

Website: www.swanaus.com.au/

13 April - 12 May

Ramadan - Islam

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.

Location: International

Website: www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/ramadan-begins

Wed 14 April

Baisakhi - Sikh

The harvest festival of North India, the beginning of the solar year. For Sikhs, it represents the founding of the Khalsa, a Sikh brotherhood. Baisakhi always falls on 13th or 14th April and this is also the Hindu New Year for North India.

Location: International

Website: www.baisakhifestival.com/

Fri 16 April

National LSVRO Prevention Awaress Day

Organisation: Georgina Josephine Foundation

The Foundation supports families directly affected by Low Speed Vehicle Run Over (LSVRO) incidents. The National LSVRO Prevention Awaress Day promotes the advocacy and educational work of the Georgina Josephina Foundation, and the support of families affected by LSVRO. Prevention is through simple measures - Supervise, Separate, See!

Location: National

Website: www.gjfoundation.com.au

Sat 17 April

World Haemophilia Day

Organisation: Haemophilia Foundation Australia

World Haemophilia day raises awareness of the inherited bleeding disorder.

Website: www.haemophilia.org.au/

Sat 17 April

(date to be confirmed)

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD)

Organisation: National Youth Coalition for Housing

Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness and public discussion about youth homelessness so that we can develop sustainable and innovative solutions for not only supporting the needs of homeless youth, but supporting the dreams of homeless youth.

Sun 18 April

World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day is an opportunity to appreciate heritage monuments and sites for the international community. The day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

Website: www.gdrc.org/heritage/world-heritage-day.html

18 April - 19 May

(date to be confirmed)

The National Trust Heritage Festival

Organisation: The National Trust

Celebrate our nation's multicultural makeup with 1500 events across Australia during April.

Website: www.nationaltrustfestival.org.au/

Donate online

19-25 April

(date to be confirmed)

Meet Us On the Street: Anti-Street Harassment Week

Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it's not okay.

Website: www.meetusonthestreet.org/

Wed 21 April

World Creativity & Innovation Day

Each year International Creativity and Innovation Day is a celebration of new ideas, imagination and anything that has made the world a better place.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/creativity-and-innovation-day

Thu 22 April

International Mother Earth Day

Organisation: United Nations

The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

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

Thu 22 April

Earth Day

Organisation: Earth Day Network

Earth Day is a celebration of the environment we all share. It also acts as a day of conservation awareness.

Website: www.earthday.org

Fri 23 April

World Book and Copyright Day

Organisation: United Nations

Celebrated on a day when many great authors have died, including Shakespeare, World Book and Copyright Day is a world-wide tribute to books and authors. It also encourages people to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/book-and-copyright-day

Sat 24 April

World YWCA Day

Organisation: YWCA Victoria

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) celebrates women's leadership and acknowledge their own part in a global movement of women working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment.

Website: www.worldywca.org/Events/World-YWCA-Day

24 April - 04 May

(date to be confirmed)

Nature Play Week

Organisation: Kids in Nature Network

Nature Play Week celebrates initiatives of all shapes and sizes that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. The week is filled with over 40 Nature Play experiences for kids and their families facilitated by dozens of wonderful local organisations, parents and schools across Victoria, and beyond.

Website: natureplayweek.org.au/

Sun 25 April

World Penguin Day

A celebration of one of the world's most beloved creatures and a call to action for their conservation.

Location: International

Website: www.asoc.org/advocacy/antarctic-wildlife-conservation/penguins/1189

Sun 25 April

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day is more than a commemoration of the day ANZAC troops landed on the beach at Gallipoli in 1915, it is a day of remembrance for all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Sun 25 April

World Malaria Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Malaria Day - which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 - is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It is an opportunity:

Location: International

Website: www.worldmalariaday.org/

25 April - 01 May

(date to be confirmed)

Heart Week

Organisation: Heart Foundation

Each year the Heart Foundation uses Heart Week as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problem of heart disease and to help improve the heart health of all Australians.

Location: National

Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au

Mon 26 April

World Intellectual Property Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact daily life. It also aims to increase understanding of how intellectual property protection helps promote creativity and innovation.

Website: www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/

Wed 28 April

Pay it Forward Day

Based on a concept from a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, Pay It Forward Day urges people around the world to commit random acts of kindness. It is a day to do good deeds, and instruct the recipient of your good deed to 'pay it forward', and return the good deed to another person.

Website: payitforwardday.com/

Wed 28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Organisation: United Nations

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. 28 April has also for long been associated with the world's trade union movement's commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/work-safety-day

28 April - 04 May

(date to be confirmed)

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Organisation: The Chase and Tyler Foundation

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is Australia's national awareness week dedicated to raising consumer awareness on gas and fuel-burning appliance safety and preventative methods people can use to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. With numerous stakeholders coming together for this year's CO Awareness Week, the message about the dangers of CO will again be heard again throughout Australia via a range of events, media and other distribution channels. The Chase and Tyler Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises awareness on gas and fuel-burning appliance safety, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention and energy poverty. We do this via education, awareness, advocacy, research and services.

Location: National

Website: www.chaseandtyler.org.au

Thu 29 April

International Guide Dog Day

Organisation: Guide Dogs Victoria

International Guide Dog Day is a day to celebrate the important role that guide dogs play in helping the blind and vision impaired enjoy safe and independent travel.

Website: guidedogsaustralia.com/international-guide-dog-day-2020/

Fri 30 April

(date to be confirmed)

Email Debt Forgiveness Day

It's easy to forget, to delay, to decide it takes too long to sit down and write down whole sentences of thought in our multi-platform, hyper-distracted culture. But Email Debt Forgiveness day is an awesome motivation to catch up on those emails you've meant to send or are anxiously avoiding.</p> <p>Together, we can all make our inboxes less stressful for another year.

Website: emaildebtforgiveness.me/

Fri 30 April

International Jazz Day

Organisation: United Nations

In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Location: International

Website: jazzday.com/

May 2021

Sat 01 May

(date to be confirmed)

Kiss Goodbye to MS

Organisation: MS Australia

Wear red lipstick and help kiss goodbe to MS. </p> Throughout May you can get involved in Kiss Goodbye to MS events and activities taking place across the country. By taking part you will be helping support people with MS through funding vital research into the cause, cure and better treatments for the disease. Our vision is to create a world free of MS.

Website: www.kissgoodbyetoms.org

Sat 01 May

(date to be confirmed)

We'll Make a Change

Organisation: CPL - Choice, Passion Life

The We'll Make A Change Trek will see you and your team choose one of two distances - 9km or 17km - and trek through Brisbane's beautiful D'Aguilar National Park.

Website: www.cpl.org.au/WMAC

Sat 01 May

(date to be confirmed)

Play Outside Day

Organisation: Australian Conservation Foundation

Many of us don't get out into nature much. We're too busy, plugged in to screens and rushing through our busy lives. But nature is crucial to our health and wellbeing - and to the health of our planet. Nature is our life support system. It underpins our communities, our economy and our livelihoods. We all need clean air and healthy rivers, yet our politicians seem determined to exploit and damage the environment. But when nature is diminished, so are we. That's why we're holding Play Outside Day. Let's reclaim nature and grow our connection with each other and the places we love!

Location: National

Website: playoutsideday.org/

Sat 01 May

Beltane

Beltane was a traditional Gaelic harvest festival, and was popularised as the 'Celtic new year.' It traditionally marked the beginning of summer.

Location: International

01-07 May

(date to be confirmed)

Sydney to Surfers

Organisation: Rotary Club of Engadine

Sydney to Surfers Charity Ride - raising much needed funds for Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.

Location: National

Website: www.sydneytosurfers.org.au/

Donate online

01-07 May

(date to be confirmed)

National Youth Week

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

Website: www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/campaigns/national-youth-week

01-09 May

(date to be confirmed)

IAIM One-in-Five Challenge

Organisation: International Association of Infant Massage

One in Five... is the number of Australian two-year olds who have already developed identifiable, clinical and serious indicators of mental health difficulties. That's around 200,000 babies and young toddlers every year who are facing mental health issues, before even starting pre-school. The IAIM invite you to participate in the One-in-Five Challenge to help reduce this number, and to give all babies and children a better shot at life-long mental health.

Website: oneinfive.com.au/

Donate online

01-31 May

Mindful in May

Organisation: Mindful in May

Mindful in May brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to help bring clean water to those living in the developing world. Your donation and fundraising will be used by Charity Water in its mission to solve the water crisis. When you register and donate, you'll receive a one-moth meditation program.

Location: National

Website: www.mindfulinmay.org

01-31 May

Supermarket Free Month

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

Location: National

Website: supermarketfree.com.au/

01-31 May

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held during May each year to raise community awareness and promote a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

Location: National

Website: www.domesticviolence.com.au/pages/domestic-violence-prevention-month-1st-31st-may-20.php

01-31 May

(date to be confirmed)

Art for Epilepsy

Organisation: Epilepsy Action Australia

Art for Epilepsy brings together the talented Australian artists in support of those impacted by epilepsy in an online auction. A broad range of artists take part to provide something to suit all tastes and budgets. Each work contains the colour purple, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy, and are auctioned off through our website. Grab yourself an original piece of art for a great cause!

Location: National

Website: www.epilepsy.org.au/donate/

01-31 May

International Respect for Chickens Month

Organisation: United Poultry Concerns

May is International Respect for Chickens Month celebrating chickens and protesting the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.

Location: International

Website: www.upc-online.org/respect/

01-31 May

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Month

Organisation: Crohn's and Colitis Australia (CCA)

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month aims to bring attention to Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, which affects more than 5 million people.

Website: www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au

01-31 May

Mercy May

Organisation: Mercy Ships Australia

This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.

Website: www.mercyships.org.au

Donate online

01-31 May

(date to be confirmed)

65 Roses

Organisation: Cystic Fibrosis Federation Australia

The National Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign is hosted during the month of May. Each year the National Office in conjunction with its State and Territory associations host many awareness initiatives and fundraising events through May. For the last couple of years we have encouraged people to participate in a challenge themed around the number 65. Supporters have embraced this concept with many wonderful ideas for challenges.

Website: www.65roses.org.au/

01-31 May

Dine With Heart Month

Organisation: Sacred Heart Mission

<b>EAT GOOD. DO GOOD. FEEL GOOD.</b> Victoria's homelessness crisis now affects almost 23,000 people. Throughout May, participating restaurants, cafes and bars join will forces with diners to raise money to support Sacred Heart Mission's Meals Program, which provides hearty, free meals every day for up to 400 people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and social isolation.

Location: National

Website: sacredheartmission.org/

01-31 May

(date to be confirmed)

Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month

Organisation: Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Victoria

Prader-Willi syndrome is a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, to date there is no cure. There are no known reasons for the genetic accident that causes this condition, but we are learning more about PWS everyday, and there is hope. Hope that, through increased knowledge, we can help all people with this condition to live a fuller life despite their limitations. <p>Throughout May, we aim to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome to help boost the possibility of finding a cure.

Location: International

Website: www.pws.asn.au/index.html

Phone: 0451 797 284

Donate online

01-31 May

Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month

Organisation: The Ehlers-Danlos Society

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a collection of thirteen multi-systemic, heritable disorders affecting connective tissue, the most abundant tissues in the body. With the exception of the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, each type is a distinct entity defined by mutations in a single or small set of genes. Common features among the types include joint hypermobility, skin fragility, chronic pain, and fatigue. More severe types, such as Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can be life-threatening, as fragile blood vessels and internal organs can spontaneously rupture. For more information, go to ehlers-danlos.com

Website: ehlers-danlos.com

01-31 May

Miracle Month of May

Organisation: Miracle Babies Foundation

To raise awareness and funds for premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

Location: National

Website: www.miraclebabies.org.au

Donate online

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/news/may-is-neurofibromatosis-awareness-month-for-1-in-3000-people-worldwide

Sun 02 May

The Bloody Long Walk

Organisation: Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

A 35km challenge in Melbourne to raise funds to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease (mito) - a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body's cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death.

Location: National

Website: www.bloodylongwalk.com.au/lp/melbourne/

Sun 02 May

Starlight Day

Organisation: Starlight Children's Foundation

Since being formed as an Australian children's charity in 1988, the Starlight Children's Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia. On May 2, Starlight need your help to raise money for sick kids.

Website: www.starlightday.org.au

02-08 May

(date to be confirmed)

International Composting Awareness Week

Organisation: Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE)

International Composting Awareness Week is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

Location: International

Website: www.compostweek.com.au/core/

Mon 03 May

World Press Freedom Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to: <ul> <li>celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;</li> <li>assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;</li> <li>defend the media from attacks on their independence;</li> <li>pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.</li></ul>

Location: International

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

03-08 May

(date to be confirmed)

Ride to Cure Diabetes

Organisation: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

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

Location: SA

Website: jdrf.org.au/?s=Ride+to+Cure+Diabetes

03-09 May

(date to be confirmed)

UN Global Road Safety Week

Organisation: United Nations

Particularly targeted at young drivers, Road Safety Week aims to increase awareness of the dangers present on the roads.

Location: International

Website: www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/about

03-09 May

(date to be confirmed)

National Family Day Care Week

Organisation: Family Day Care Australia

National Family Day Care Week offers a chance for the family day care sector to unite and celebrate the amazing work of educators and approved services in shaping the lives of more than 142,400 children around the country.

Location: National

Website: www.fdcweek.com.au/

Tue 04 May

World Asthma Day

Organisation: National Asthma Council Australia

World Asthma Day (WAD) takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. Initiated by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998, the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) embraces WAD and marks the occasion to highlight the need for ongoing care and vigilance in managing asthma.

Location: International

Website: www.nationalasthma.org.au/

Tue 04 May

International Respect for Chickens Day

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex and they outnumber humans on this earth by more than 6 to 1. Yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet, so few are ever seen. Described as inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving, these creatures have their special day on May 4th, which is International Respect for Chickens Day!

Location: International

Website: www.makeitpossible.com/facts/what-is-factory-farming.php#chickens

Tue 04 May

International Star Wars Day

May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase "May the Force be with you" is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say "May the fourth be with you" on this day.

Location: International

Website: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day

Wed 05 May

(date to be confirmed)

Shine a Light on Road Safety

Organisation: Road Trauma Support Services

Victorian drivers are being urged to turn on their headlights as a simple, free and highly visible gesture, to remember those impacted by road trauma and show their commitment to road safety.

Location: VIC

Website: www.rtssv.org.au

Wed 05 May

International Midwives Day

May 5 is the International Day of the Midwife. The aim of the day is to celebrate the importance of midwifery.

Location: International

Website: www.midwives.org.au/

05-11 May

(date to be confirmed)

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week

Organisation: Tourette Syndrome Association of Vic.

The aim of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week is to spread knowledge of what Tourettes is, as well as ask for understanding and acceptance in the community and to undo the social stigma created by misinformation.

Location: National

Website: www.tourette.org.au/index.php