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316 community events listed
July 2021

01 May 2021 - 31 May 2022

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

The aim of Neurofibromatosis Month is to provide information to the community and to healthcare and educational professionals, so that they will better understand what Neurofibromatosis (NF) is. This will enable them to accept and provide support to those affected by NF.

Website: www.ctf.org/get-involved/nf-awareness-month

01-31 July

Dry July

Organisation: Dry July Foundation

<p>Dry July is a national fundraiser, run by Dry July Foundation, that encourages people to go alcohol-free in July and raise funds for people affected by cancer. <p>Funds are provided to projects and programs that improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer- whether it's a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer. <p>Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits and encourages awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption. The challenge is a perfect fit for workplaces or social groups.

Location: National

Website: au.dryjuly.com/

01-31 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Desexing Month

Unplanned litters contribute to the overpopulation of cats and dogs and if you choose not to desex your pet then you are inviting the possibility of your pet breeding. National Desexing Month specials are offered to the general public usually during the month of July.

Website: ndn.org.au/

01-31 July

JulEYE

Organisation: Australia and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF)

Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.

Location: National

Website: ranzco.edu/home/foundation/juleye/

22-28 July

(date to be confirmed)

National Pain Week

Organisation: Chronic Pain Australia

National Pain Week aims to contribute to the de-stigmatisation of the experience of chronic pain; work towards creating healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician/s; and to reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.

Location: National

Website: www.nationalpainweek.org.au/

Wed 28 July

World Hepatitis Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Hepatitis Day raises awareness of chronic hepatitis A, B and C.

Location: International

Website: www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/

28 July - 04 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Fri 30 July

(date to be confirmed)

Gastroschisis Awareness Day

Organisation: Avery Angels Gastroschisis Foundation

Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from a hole in the abdomen, typically to the right of the umbilical cord. Occasionally, other organs are involved as well. While approximately 90% of affected infants survive in industrialized nations with proper medical care, there is still a 10% mortality rate due to complications or related defects and infections - even with the best medical care. Gastroschisis affects 1 out of every 2229 babies according to the CDC, although the actual rate varies by state. Rates of gastroschisis are increasing worldwide, and this trend is being called a "pandemic" by many researchers. The medical community still does not know what causes gastroschisis. Although the overall prognosis is good for most infants born with this birth defect provided they have access to medical care, complications do arise. Studies show that gastroschisis is the leading cause of intestinal transplantation, and that 40% of gastroschisis survivors will need to be readmitted to the hospital at some point due to complications, the most common of which are bowel obstruction and abdominal pain.

Location: National

Website: averysangels.org

Fri 30 July

International Day of Friendship

Organisation: United Nations

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

Location: International

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

Sat 31 July

(date to be confirmed)

White Ribbon Night

Organisation: White Ribbon

Join communities across Australia to unite in support of bringing an end to violence against women by having a night in to get the word out. You can invite two people or 2,000 to your movie night, games night, dinner party, watch the footy with mates... the possibilities are endless!

Location: National

Website: events.whiteribbon.org.au/join-an-existing-event/whiteribbonnight2020

Phone: 02 9045 8444

Sat 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

Sat 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/

31 July 2021 - 31 July 2022

(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/

August 2021

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

World Breastfeeding Week

Organisation: United Nations

World Breastfeeding Week aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need.

Location: International

Website: www.breastfeeding.asn.au/world-breastfeeding-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

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: www.nexgard.com.au/tickcheck

01-31 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Mon 02 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

02-08 August

(date to be confirmed)

Dental Health Week

Organisation: Australian Dental Association inc

Held on the first week of August, Dental Health Week raises awareness of how to best look after your and your children's teeth.

Website: www.dentalhealthweek.com.au/

02-08 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

Wed 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

04-10 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/

04-10 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

04-10 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Sun 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/

Sun 08 August

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 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/

Thu 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

Thu 12 August

(date to be confirmed)

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 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

Fri 13 August

(date to be confirmed)

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 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.

14-21 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

15-23 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/

16-22 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

17-25 August

(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

Wed 18 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Thu 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/

Thu 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 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

21-27 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

Mon 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: www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/

Mon 23 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Wed 25 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.everydayhero.com/au/

Wed 25 August

(date to be confirmed)

Amnestea

Organisation: Amnesty International Australia

Gather your friends, family or colleagues to share a cup of tea and raise money for human rights. Over the last 53 years Amnesty International has exposed thousands of human rights abuses. Thanks to people like you, wrongly imprisoned people have been freed and the guilty have been brought to justice.

Location: National

Website: amnestea2016.gofundraise.com.au

Wed 25 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

25-31 August

(date to be confirmed)

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

Fri 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 29 August

Run for the Kids

Organisation: Herald Sun/CityLink

Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids will see people run or walk set courses - all people participating in this event play a part in raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Location: VIC

Website: www.runforthekids.com.au/

Phone: 03 9292 2901

Sun 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

Mon 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

30 August - 05 September

(date to be confirmed)

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)