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269 community events listed
September 2022

Wed 28 September

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/

Thu 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 29 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

Fri 30 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

October 2022

Sat 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/

Sat 01 October

(date to be confirmed)

Kidney Health Red Socks Walk

Organisation: Kidney Health Australia

Dress in red attire or fancy dress and walk (or run) to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Walks are held across Australia and you can even Host Your Own! Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.

Location: National

Website: www.redsocksappeal.org.au/red-socks-walk

Sat 01 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

Sat 01 October

(date to be confirmed)

Wellness Walk & Festival

Organisation: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

The Wellness Walk is a yearly event taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the finishing line at Government House to enjoy the celebratory Wellness Festival! It's a family friendly walk with an easy route suitable for all ages & abilities. <br>The walk raises awareness for mental illness & encourages walking as a way to improve mental wellness. This is a wonderful event brings together people from all walks of life in a positive, active and fun environment because together we make a difference.

Website: www.wellnesswalk.org.au/

Sat 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

Sat 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

01-07 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/

01-07 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

01-07 October

(date to be confirmed)

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

(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

01-07 October

(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

01-31 October

Nude Food Month

Organisation: Nutrition Australia

Nude Food Month 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 Month (or Day) can be celebrated any day (or everyday!) in October.

Website: www.nudefoodday.com.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

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

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

01-31 October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Organisation: Tasmanian Health Service

A call to action to encourage women over 40 to make an appointment for a FREE screening mammogram with BreastScreen Tasmania to help find breast cancer early.

Location: TAS

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

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

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

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

Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Organisation: Spina Bifida Foundation of Vic (inc)

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

Location: VIC

Website: www.spinabifida.org/spina-bifida-awareness-month

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

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

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

(date to be confirmed)

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

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

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

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

(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

Sun 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/

Sun 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

Sun 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/

02-22 October

Go Dotty Day

Organisation: Ladybird Care Foundation

#GoDottyDay is a day for supporters to wear anything dotty to recognise the important work of the Ladybird Care Foundation helping bereaved parents. The day aims to raise awareness of all the parents, who have lost children 0 - 18 years old who are so often overlooked in society. The foundation's goal is to change the stigma surrounding child loss and to educate the public as to how best support those in our community whose mental health is impacted and are feeling increasingly isolated.

Location: National

Website: www.ladybirdcarefoundation.org/

Donate online

Mon 03 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

Mon 03 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

03-09 October

(date to be confirmed)

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 04 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/

04-05 October

Yom Kippur - Jewish

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement.

Location: International

Website: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/holiday4.html

04-10 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/

Wed 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

Thu 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/

Fri 07 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/

Fri 07 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

Sun 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

09-15 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/

09-15 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/

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

09-17 October

(date to be confirmed)

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

Mon 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

Mon 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/

Mon 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/

Mon 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#

10-16 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/

Tue 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

Wed 12 October

Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Parental alienation is the term used to describe the overall problem of children being encouraged by one parent (alienating parent) to unjustly reject the other parent (targeted parent) and often also their extended family. In doing so, the child is intentionally cut off from and denied half of their family. The specific behaviours engaged in are referred to as parental alienation strategies. Parental alienation often but not always occurs in divorced and separated families. Across the rest of the world, Parental Alienation Awareness Day is 25th April each year which clashes with ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand; thus the 12th October was designated as PAA Day specifically for Australia and New Zealand.

Location: National

Wed 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

Thu 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

Thu 13 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/

Thu 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 14 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 15 October

(date to be confirmed)

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 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/

Sat 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

Sat 15 October

National Mushroom Day

Organisation: Australian Mushroom Growers Association

National Mushroom Day is one day to celebrate all things MUSHROOMS. Did you know that mushrooms are NOT a vegetable? They are a FUNGI and belong in a separate food kingdom to ordinary fruits and vegetables. Fungi grow in a very unique way, not from a seed but from mycelium, which is a network of fungi threads found under the ground, in compost or in trees, munching up the nutrient rich organic matter. Because mushrooms grow in this unique way, they have a very different nutrition profile to ordinary veggies too, packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also have a unique umami flavour, which is described as similar to meat, which is why we call them "The Meat for Vegetarians." <p>Celebrate National Mushroom Day by grabbing some mushies from your local store and add them to breakfast, lunch or dinner. #NationalMushroomDay

Website: australianmushroomgrowers.com.au/

Sat 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

Sun 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/

16-22 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/

16-22 October

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

Mon 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

Mon 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/

17-23 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

17-23 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/

17-23 October

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

17-23 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

17-23 October

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 18 October

(date to be confirmed)

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

Thu 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

Thu 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/

Thu 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/

Fri 21 October

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/

22-30 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/

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/

23-30 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/