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211 community events listed
October 2021

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

Thu 21 October

(date to be confirmed)

headspace day

Organisation: headspace

Come and join us for our 'HEADSPACE DAY' - a national day of awareness and celebration of youth mental health. <b>#headspaceday</b> is about ensuring young people across the country have access to youth friendly, mental health services, no matter where they live. By picking up an Access All Areas wristband from your local <b>headspace</b> centre, you can show your support for young people experiencing mental health issues and the importance of access to services for all young people.

Location: National

Website: headspace.org.au/

22-30 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Unity Week

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders announced a National Day of Unity in response to growing reports of discrimination, violence and rising tensions within the Australian community. Celebrate National Unity Week by hosting or attending an inter-faith or intercultural event in your community. Meet people of other cultures and faiths, learn from one another and recognise that unity builds a better future than division ever could.

Website: nationalunityweek.org.au/

Sat 23 October

(date to be confirmed)

Loud Shirt Day

Organisation: First Voice Centres around Australia

Fish out your flashiest frock, or dig out that awesome Hawaiian shirt you've been hiding in your wardrobe and get it on! Loud Shirt Day is the day you wear something really, loud to help give deaf children the gift of sound and speech. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as its got colour, pizzazz, it'll be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.

Location: National

Website: www.loudshirtday.com.au/

23-31 October

(date to be confirmed)

Children's Week

Organisation: Children's Week Council of Australia

Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

Website: www.childrensweek.org.au/

Sun 24 October

World Kangaroo Day

Organisation: Friends of Mother Earth Incorporated

World Kangaroo is celebrated on 9 March of each year. Through World Kangaroo Day, we aim to celebrate kangaroos and raise awareness to the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife in the world. Loss of habitat, bushfires, drought, predators, legal and illegal hunting, car accidents, fences, disease and animal cruelty are driving local populations of kangaroos to extinction. Instead of protecting kangaroos, each year Australian Governments sanction the commercial slaughter of millions of kangaroos for their meat and skins. World Kangaroo Day shines a light on the problems facing Australia's kangaroo. We need to raise awareness and educate people because the commercial kangaroo industry is shrouded in 50 years of claims, which are no longer true - if they ever were. It's time to debunk the myths and educate the public before more local kangaroo populations become extinct.

Website: www.worldkangarooday.org.au/

Sun 24 October

United Nations Day

Organisation: United Nations

This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.

Location: International

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

Sun 24 October

World Development Information Day

Organisation: United Nations

The United Nations hope to disseminate information about the challenges of world development to help promote continued efforts to solve some of these issues.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/development-information-day

Sun 24 October

(date to be confirmed)

World Polio Day

Organisation: Rotary Club

World Polio Day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio, and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV).

Location: International

Website: www.endpolio.org/worldpolioday

Donate online

Sun 24 October

(date to be confirmed)

World Polio Day

Organisation: Polio Network Victoria

World Polio Day serves as a reminder that the disease, which can cause lifelong paralysis, is almost eradicated. The day is used to raise funds for polio foundations to continue their efforts to finally see the end of polio.

Location: International

Website: www.polionetworkvic.org//

Phone: 1300 704 456

Address: 208 Wellington St COLLINGWOOD VIC 3066

24-30 October

Disarmament Week

Organisation: United Nations

Disarmament week is a day to unite in the effort to reduce, limit and eventually abolish weapon usage.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/disarmament-week

25-31 October

(date to be confirmed)

State Education Week

Organisation: Queensland Government

The annual week-long celebration is an opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of students and teachers in state schools, and showcase their wonderful work to the wider community.

Location: QLD

Website: education.qld.gov.au/community/events/edweek/

Tue 26 October

Cupcake Day

Organisation: RSCPA

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is the biggest bakeoff in the Southern Hemisphere and involves Cupcake Cooks around Australia baking cupcakes and hosting a Cupcake Party to raise vital funds for the RSPCA.

Location: National

Website: www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/

26 October - 01 November

(date to be confirmed)

Herbal Medicine Week

Organisation: National Herbalists Assoc Australia

Herbal Medicine Week promotes the use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia and is spreading like wild herbs as a very popular event held nation wide.

Location: National

Website: www.herbalmedicineweek.com.au/

Wed 27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Organisation: United Nations

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a reminder to preserve our visual and audio documents that have become the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/audiovisual-heritage-day

Wed 27 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Kidsafe Day

Organisation: Kidsafe

National Kidsafe Day aims to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the important work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury.

Location: National

Website: kidsafe.com.au/national-kidsafe-day/

Wed 27 October

(date to be confirmed)

Big Cake Bake

Organisation: Red Cross

Big Cake Bake is a delicious way to raise funds for Red Cross and help <i>bake the world a better place.</i>

Location: National

Website: www.bigcakebake.org.au/

Phone: 1800 652 635

Thu 28 October

(date to be confirmed)

Blue Knot Day

Organisation: Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)

Blue Knot Day is ASCA's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

Website: www.blueknot.org.au/BlueKnotDay

Donate online

Fri 29 October

Day for Daniel

Organisation: Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Day for Daniel is Australia's largest child safety education and awareness day. Held annually on the last Friday of October, Day for Daniel honours the memory of Daniel Morcombe. Register your school, early learning centre, workplace or community group today!

Website: www.danielmorcombe.com.au

Phone: 1300 326 435

Sat 30 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Bandanna Day

Organisation: Canteen

This year's National Bandanna Day aims to raise $1.7 million to help young people living with cancer. The theme for this year's event is "Attitude is Everything - Buy It, Wear It". By selling, buying and wearing bandannas, you can show your support for young people as they fight cancer.

Website: www.canteen.org.au/bandanna-day/

Sun 31 October

Howl-o-ween

Organisation: World Animal Protection

This Halloween World Animal Protection are calling on animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event and raise funds to help protect animals from suffering around the world.

Website: www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/

31 October - 01 November

Samhain (Summer's End)

Meaning 'summers end', Samhain is an ancient Celt festival marking the beginning of winter/the Celtic new year.

Location: International

November 2021

Mon 01 November

International Drug Users Day

International Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.

Location: International

Website: www.nuaa.org.au/

01-30 November

Movember

Organisation: Movember Foundation

Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.

Website: au.movember.com/

01-30 November

World Vegan Month

Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!

Location: International

Website: www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/events/world-vegan-month-and-world-vegan-day

01-30 November

E-Tea

Organisation: Epilepsy Action Australia

November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with E-Tea! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. Hosting a E-Tea event is a great way to fundraise while sharing some delicious treats, laughter and games. Simply choose what you'd like to do on a day in November and at a time that best suits you!

Location: National

Website: www.epilepsy.org.au/fundraise/e-tea/

Phone: 1300 37 45 37

01-30 November

(date to be confirmed)

Learn On The Loo

Organisation: WaterAid Australia

The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet every day - that's almost 8 hours a month. To raise funds and awareness for the 1 in 3 people worldwide who don't have access to a decent toilet, WaterAid is inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time during November to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month, ask friends to sponsor you, and help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don't have access to a decent dunny.

Location: National

Website: www.learnontheloo.org.au

Phone: 9001 8262

Donate online

01-30 November

Asbestos Awareness Month

Organisation: Asbetsos Diseases Research Insitiute

Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

Website: www.asbestosawareness.com.au/

01-30 November

National Novel Writing Month

Organisation: Office of Letters and Light

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

Location: International

Website: nanowrimo.org/

01-30 November

Lung Health Awareness Month

Organisation: Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Awareness Month is used to promote lung health and focus on the impact of lung disease in the Australian community.

Location: National

Website: www.lungfoundation.com.au/

Thu 04 November

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.

Location: International

Fri 05 November

International Volunteer Managers Day

International Volunteer Managers Day is a day to let those volunteer managers know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them - and to thank them.

Location: International

Website: volunteermanagersday.org/

Sat 06 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Organisation: United Nations

Damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/environment-in-war-protection-day

07-13 November

(date to be confirmed)

National Others Week

Organisation: Global Care

Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it's a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says - life is a team sport!

Location: National

Website: globalcare.com.au/national-others-week/

08-14 November

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Organisation: Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

Our National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week is used to raise funds and promote awareness and education around cervical cancer and the impact it has on Australian women and their families every year. Currently Australia is on track to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035, but only if we aren't complacent and women stay on top of their cervical health.

Location: National

Website: www.accf.org.au/

Phone: 1300 727 630

Address: PO Box 1008 FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006

08-14 November

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week

Organisation: Panda

Since 2005 PANDA has been leading the perinatal mental health sector in promoting the Week to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.

Location: National

Website: www.panda.org.au/awareness/pnda-awareness-week

Donate online

08-14 November

(date to be confirmed)

National Psychology Week

Organisation: Australian Psychology Society

National Psychology Week (NPW) is an APS initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.

Website: www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-Week

08-14 November

National Recycling Week

Organisation: Planet Ark

National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.

Website: recyclingweek.planetark.org/about/

Wed 10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development

Organisation: United Nations

This is a day to celebrate the responsible use of science to further the advancement of peace and development across the world.

Location: International

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

Wed 10 November

(date to be confirmed)

World Vegan Day

Organisation: WVD Melbourne

Becoming vegan is the best way to help animals, the environment, and your health - and it's easier than you might think. There are a number of reasons why people choose to go vegan. The most popular ones are: <ul> <li>It eliminates suffering and saves the lives of thousands of animals; <li>It boosts your health and increases your life expectancy; and <li>It's a lot kinder to the planet.</ul>

Location: International

Website: worldveganday.org.au/

10-16 November

International Week of Science and Peace

Organisation: United Nations

The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

Location: International

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

Thu 11 November

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Location: National

Website: www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance/

Fri 12 November

World Pneumonia Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and help prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia that occur each year.

Location: International

Website: stoppneumonia.org/

Sat 13 November

World Kindness Day

Organisation: Australian Kindness Movement

The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.

Location: International

Website: www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/