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322 community events listed
July 2022

Sun 31 July

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures.

Location: International

Website: www.internationalrangers.org/

Sun 31 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Stepfamily Awareness Day

Organisation: The Stepfamily Association of Victoria

The last Sunday in July has been designated as 'National Stepfamily Awareness Day'. A day dedicated to the stepfamily, it provides an opportunity to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the great work that stepfamilies do.

Location: National

Website: www.stepfamily.org.au/

Donate online

Sun 31 July

(date to be confirmed)

Schools Tree Day

Organisation: Planet Ark

Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!

Location: National

Website: treeday.planetark.org/schools/

Sun 31 July

National Tree Day

Organisation: Planet Ark

Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event. People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.

Location: National

Website: treeday.planetark.org/

31 July - 06 August

National Missing Persons Week

Organisation: Australian Federal Police

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

Location: National

Website: www.missingpersons.gov.au

August 2022

01-07 August

National Landcare Week

Organisation: Landcare Australia

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

Location: NSW

Website: landcareaustralia.org.au

Phone: 02 9412 1040

Address: Level 3, 6 Help Street CHATSWOOD NSW 2067

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)

OCD and Anxiety Disorders Week

Organisation: Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

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

Website: www.arcvic.org.au/

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)

National EOS Awareness Week

Organisation: ausEE Inc.

National EOS Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.

Location: National

Website: www.eosaware.com

Donate online

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)


Organisation: StreetSmart

The event brings together coffee roasters, cafes and coffee drinkers around the country to help people who are homeless. Participating cafes generously donate $1.00 per coffee sold to fund local projects.

Location: National

Website: www.streetsmartaustralia.org/cafesmart

Donate online

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)

Homelessness Prevention Week

Organisation: Homelessness Australia

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

Location: National

Website: www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au

01-07 August

(date to be confirmed)

Local Government Week

Organisation: Local Government NSW

NSW councils and their staff provide invaluable services to local communities on a daily basis. While many people are aware that councils manage rates, roads and rubbish, the breadth and diversity of their work often goes unrecognised. Local Government Week provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers, businesses - the whole community!

Location: NSW

Website: www.lgnsw.org.au/events-training/local-government-week

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

Thu 04 August

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NATICD)

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

Website: aboriginalchildrensday.com.au

Fri 05 August

Jeans for Genes Day

Organisation: Children's Medical Research Institute

Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children's Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.

Website: www.jeansforgenes.org.au

Phone: 1800 677 260

Mon 08 August

(date to be confirmed)

Top 8 Challenge Day

Organisation: ausEE Inc

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

Location: National

Website: www.top8challenge.com

Mon 08 August

Dying to Know Day

Organisation: The Groundswell Project

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

Website: www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday/

08-14 August

Rail Safety Week

<p><b>STAND BACK. LOOK UP. STAY RAIL SAFE. </b></p> <p>Rail Safety Week, is entering its 16th year, reinforcing the community specific actions required to stay safe around rail. <p>The annual community awareness week held across Australia and New Zealand is designed to engage and educate the community in safe rail practices. <p>Ongoing commuter safety relies on those interacting with the rail environment, both pedestrians and commuters to play an active role in rail safety, in particular to be aware of their surroundings.

Website: www.tracksafefoundation.com.au/rail-safety-week/

08-14 August

National Stroke Week

Organisation: National Stroke Foundation

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

Location: National

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

Phone: 1800 STROKE (787 653)

Tue 09 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

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

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

Fri 12 August

World Elephant Day

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

Location: International

Website: worldelephantday.org/

Fri 12 August

International Youth Day

Organisation: United Nations

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

Location: International

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

12-13 August

Red Nose Day

Organisation: Red Nose

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

Location: National

Website: www.rednoseday.com.au

Sat 13 August

Left-Handers day

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

Location: National

Website: www.lefthandersday.com

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/

Sun 14 August

Gay Uncles Day

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

15-21 August

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

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/

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/

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

(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/

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

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

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/

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

September 2022

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