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270 community events listed
August 2022

24 July - 31 August

Donate Life Week

Organisation: Donate Life

DonateLife Week is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government's National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates.

Location: National

Website: www.donatelife.gov.au

01-31 August

Tradies National Health Month

Organisation: The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Blue

Tradies National Health Month focuses on educating and engaging tradies on the importance of full body health and safety, with handy tips and hints tailored to the needs of a tradie.

Location: National

Website: www.tradieshealth.com.au

01-31 August

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

10-20 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

13-21 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/

15-21 August

Today

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/

Donate online

Tue 16 August

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/

Thu 18 August

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

Fri 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 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/

Sat 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

20-26 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

22-28 August

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

Tue 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: en.unesco.org/commemorations/slavetraderemembranceday

Fri 26 August

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

Sat 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

Sat 27 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.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/walking-the-walk/

Sun 28 August

MS Melbourne Run + Ride Festival

Organisation: MS Melbourne Cycle

The MS Melbourne Cycle is the perfect opportunity to get on your bike with friends or family and explore Melbourne while showing your support for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Website: www.msrunridefest.org.au/

28 August - 03 September

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

Mon 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

Tue 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

Wed 31 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

Wed 31 August

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 2022

Thu 01 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 01 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

Thu 01 September

(date to be confirmed)

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

Organisation: Lifeline

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44. Lifeline believes we all have a role to play in suicide prevention. <p> For World Suicide Prevention Day, get involved by joining a walk or organising a walk in your local community.

Location: National

Website: www.outoftheshadows.org.au/

Phone: 13 11 14

Thu 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

Thu 01 September

(date to be confirmed)

Sustainable House Day

Organisation: Alternative Technology Association

Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia's most environmentally progressive homes, on show on Sustainable House Day.

Location: National

Website: www.sustainablehouseday.com

Thu 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.fightcancer.org.au/footy-colours-day

Thu 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/

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

National Organic Week

Organisation: Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises

National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is a week of targeted media and locally-held activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.

Location: National

Website: www.organicweek.net.au/core/

Donate online

01-07 September

Be Kind to Animals Week

Organisation: Edgars Mission

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

Location: National

Website: bekindtoanimalsweek.org.au/

Donate online

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

Include a Charity Week

Organisation: Include a charity

Include a Charity Week is a national awareness campaign to encourage more Australians to consider including a charity when preparing, or next updating their Will.

Location: National

Website: www.includeacharity.com.au/

01-07 September

(date to be confirmed)

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

Organisation: Deaf Australia Inc

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community, which includes celebrating the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) and International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) which are initiatives of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). These two events are traditionally held during September and are based on the founding date of the WFD (23 September 1951).

Website: deafaustralia.org.au/nwdp/

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)

Meat Free Week

Organisation: Ethical Eats Ltd

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

Location: National

Website: meatfreeweek.org

01-08 September

Adult Learners Week

Organisation: Adult Learning Australia

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

Location: National

Website: ala.asn.au/adult-learners-week/

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

Lymphoma Awareness Month

Organisation: Lymphoma Australia

Lymphoma is Australia's number one blood cancer; it is the number one cancer in young people aged 15-29 years; more than 6,900 Australians are diagnosed each year. During September, join us to help raise awareness of signs and symptoms, and put lymphoma in the limelight. By going 'lime for lymphoma' you will be supporting us to provide dedicated lymphoma care nurses who are there to help patients and their families to navigate the healthcare system, access the most up to date treatments and take the fear of the unknown out of the lymphoma journey. No one should face lymphoma alone.

Location: National

Website: www.lymphoma.org.au/get-involved/lymphoma-awareness-month/

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/

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Tick Awareness Month for Pets

Organisation: NexGard

National Tick Awareness Month for Pets is intended to raise awareness amongst pet owners (about the importance of preventing ticks, including paralysis ticks. The month aims to educate owners and encourage them to talk to their vet about risks of ticks and how they can be prevented.

Website: nexgard.com.au/

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

Fri 02 September

(date to be confirmed)

Walk To Work Day

Organisation: Diabetes Australia

Walk to Work Day 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

Fri 02 September

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

02-08 September

History Week

Organisation: History Council NSW

History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

Website: historycouncilnsw.org.au/history-week-nsw/

Sun 04 September

World Sexual Health Day

Organisation: World Association for Sexual Health

In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called all their organisations to celebrate, on each September 4th, World Sexual Health Day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe.

Location: International

Website: www.worldsexology.org/news/world-sexual-health-day/

Sun 04 September

Father's Day

The best day to celebrate all fathers across the world and to show your appreciation for them.

Sun 04 September

PKD Awarenesss Day

Organisation: PKD Australia

PKD Awareness Day raises awareness for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), which is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder of the kidneys and affects around 1 in 1000 people which is more than 25,000 Australians. People with ADPKD will develop multiple fluid filled cysts in their kidneys, as cysts grow and enlarge both kidneys, kidney function declines.

Location: National

Website: pkdaustralia.org/pkd-awareness-day/

04-10 September

(date to be confirmed)

National eSmart Week

Organisation: The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

In 2021, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation celebrated 'Responsible Action' for National eSmart Week from 6-12 September. By taking responsible action, we can demonstrate how we all keep kids safe online and offline.

Location: National

Website: www.esmart.org.au/events/national-esmart-week/

Mon 05 September

International Day of Charity

Organisation: United Nations

Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding &lrm;among people. The day is commemorated by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Location: International

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

05-10 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/

05-11 September

(date to be confirmed)

Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week

Organisation: Hypersomnolence Australia

The most important annual event for Idiopathic Hypersomnia is the International Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week&reg; hosted by Hypersomnolence Australia. It is held annually in the first full week in September.

Location: International

Website: www.hypersomnolenceaustralia.org.au/ihawarenessweek

Address: PO Box 5278 ALGESTER QLD 4115

05-11 September

Women's Health Week

Organisation: Jean Hailes - Women's Health

Women's Health Week is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls. Run by Jean Hailes for Women's Health, the campaign takes a preventive approach to health by providing resources, tips and information on maintaining good health, inspiring women and girls to learn more and take action.

Location: National

Website: www.jeanhailes.org.au/events/womens-health-week

Phone: 03 9453 8975

05-11 September

(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Injury Awareness Week

Organisation: Australian Spine Injury Awareness

Every day in Australia someone's life changes in an instant due to a spinal cord injury. The week is relevant not only to people living with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends; but the broader community, venues and business.

Website: www.sciaw.com.au/

06-12 September

National Child Protection Week

Organisation: NAPCAN

National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by NAPCAN, with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990.<br><br> The campaign aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.

Location: National

Website: napcan.org.au

Wed 07 September

World Duchenne Awareness Day

Organisation: Save Our Sons

Save Our Sons is the peak body for Duchenne in Australia fighting for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects one in every 3,500 boys. Girls can also be born with Duchenne, but this is very rare. The most common form of muscular dystrophy in children, Duchenne has no cure and no one survives.

Location: International

Website: saveoursons.org.au/

Wed 07 September

Threatened Species Day

Organisation: Department of the Environment

National Threatened Species Day (each year on 7th Sept) is held to encourage the community to help conserve Australia's native fauna and flora. Take action to prevent further extinctions by restoring healthy numbers of endangered species and ecological communities.

Location: National

Website: www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened

Wed 07 September

World Duchenne Awareness Day

Organisation: Duchenne Foundation

World Duchenne Awareness Day (WDAD) is held on the 7th September to raise awareness for those affected by Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy. The date of WDAD (7/9) refers to the 79 of the exons of the dystrophin gene. This is the same gene responsible for producing the dystrophin protein, in charge of maintaining muscle cell structure and function. Duchenne occurs due to a mutation in the dystrophin gene, consequently the protein is not produced. As a result, muscles are not able to function or repair themselves properly, over time this compromises muscle function completely.

Location: International

Website: www.worldduchenneday.org/

Thu 08 September

R U OK? Day

Organisation: R U OK Foundation

Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems.

Location: National

Website: www.ruokday.com/

Donate online

Thu 08 September

Tara Day (Buddhism)

The eighth of every month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.

Thu 08 September

International Literacy Day

Organisation: United Nations

Today one in five adults are illiterate, which causes many social and educational issues. International Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy.

Location: International

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

Fri 09 September

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)

Organisation: National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrom and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)

On the ninth day of the ninth month every year, people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol use during the nine months of pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Location: International

Website: fasday.com/

Fri 09 September

(date to be confirmed)

White Balloon Day

Organisation: Bravehearts

White Balloon Day is Bravehearts' key annual awareness and fundraising campaign to protect Aussie kids from child sexual assault.

Location: National

Website: www.whiteballoonday.com.au

Sat 10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners and politicians, clinicians and those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.

Location: International

Website: www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/wspd/en/

Mon 12 September

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Organisation: United Nations

Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation, and in this context reiterating the need for the international community to support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.

Location: International

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

Thu 15 September

World Lymphoma Awareness Day

Organisation: Lymphoma Australia & Lymphoma Coalition

World Lymphoma Awareness Day is acknowledged around the world to raise awareness of cancers of the lymphatic system. We aim to increase awareness for both Lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL) on World Lymphoma Awareness Day.

Location: International

Website: www.lymphoma.org.au/get-involved/lymphoma-awareness-month/world-lymphoma-awareness-day/

Phone: 1800 953 081

Thu 15 September

International Day of Democracy

Organisation: United Nations

The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

Location: International

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