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September 2022

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

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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 ‎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® 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/

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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

Fri 16 September

Pet Promise Day

Organisation: Safe Pets Safe Families Inc

A lot of pets get surrendered or euthanised for reasons that could have been avoided or preventable, so we have created Pet Promise Day, a national awareness day that will bring about awareness and education that will help people understand what it takes to own a pet and picking the best pet for them. This will help reduce the number of pets being surrendered or euthanised and complement our charity's cause.

Website: www.facebook.com/petpromiseday/

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Fri 16 September

Lyme Gladiolus Day

Organisation: The Karl McManus Foundation

The Karl McManus Foundation holds Lyme Gladiolus Day to raise awaresnees of Lyme disease in Australia. It is also a major day for the foundation's National Lyme Disease Appeal, which aims to raise $1 million for research into Lyme disease in Australia, and to raise public awareness of Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Location: National

Website: www.karlmcmanusfoundation.org.au

Fri 16 September

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Organisation: United Nations

This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer. All Member States are invited to devote this special day to promotion, at the national level, of concrete activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendment.

Location: International

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

Fri 16 September

(date to be confirmed)

Bright Pink Lipstick Day

Organisation: Pink Hope

Bright Pink Lipstick Day aims to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the community and raise funds for Pink Hope to be able to continue to offer programs and support services for those at risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Website: pinkhope.org.au/

Fri 16 September

Clean up the World Weekend

Organisation: Clean up Australia

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. Clean Up the World and its participating organisations mobilise an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.

Location: International

Website: www.cleanuptheworld.org/

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Sat 17 September

Australian Citizenship Day

Organisation: Australian Government

The day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian. It is a chance for all of us to think about the events and people that shaped our nation. We also reflect on the role we play in building Australia and shaping our future.

Location: National

Website: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/celebrating-citizenship/australian-citizenship-day

Mon 19 September

Talk like a Pirate day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th every year - a chance for anyone to talk like a pirate.

Location: International

Website: www.talklikeapirate.com/

Mon 19 September

National Thank A Cop Day

National Thank A Cop Day is your opportunity to make them feel valued and loved. On the 19th September annually is the community's chance during Police Week to personally thank each and everyone of them. In recent times there is ample evidence that they are doing it tough as the job becomes more demanding and individuals lose respect for them in aggressive ways. Make them feel appreciated and special citizens on this day through our actions.

Location: National

Wed 21 September

World Alzheimer's Day

Organisation: Alzheimer's Australia

World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible.

Location: International

Website: www.dementia.org.au/media-releases/2018/world-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-day-puts-the-focus-on-the-growing-number-of-people-developing-dementia

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Wed 21 September

International Day of Peace

Organisation: United Nations

The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

Location: International

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

Wed 21 September

World Gratitude Day

On World Gratitude Day we should focus on what we are grateful for and appreciate what we have, rather than what we want or think we need. It's possible that we can keep our unnecessary and frivolous consumption at bay too.

Location: International

Thu 22 September

World Car-Free Day

Organisation: World Carfree Network

World Car-Free Day aims to encourage people around the world te leave their cars at home for the day. The World Carfree Network promotes a global carfree culture.

Location: International

Website: www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

Thu 22 September

World Rhino Day

Organisation: WWF-South Africa

World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

Location: International

Website: www.worldrhinoday.org/

Sat 24 September

(date to be confirmed)

Save the Koala Day

Organisation: Australian Koala Foundation

There is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia. In 2012, the Koala was listed as 'vulnerable to extinction', under Australian Law.

Website: www.savethekoala.com/

Sun 25 September

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is observed globally every year on the last Sunday in September. Rivers may make up only about 0.2 percent of all the fresh water worldwide but their importance is priceless. This day encourages citizens to get actively involved to ensure the future health of our rivers.

Location: International

Website: worldriversday.com/

25-27 September

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish celebration that is commonly referred to as Jewish New Year. It is a time of casting off sins and preparing for a new year.

Location: International

Mon 26 September

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Organisation: mesothelioma.com

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.</p>

Website: www.mesothelioma.com/

Mon 26 September

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Organisation: The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

On this day, patients, caretakers, family members, doctors, and friends help promote the work that health care teams are doing to raise awareness about mesothelioma and how to prevent it. Supporters wear blue and may wear mesothelioma awareness wristbands or ribbons. Mesothelioma Awareness Day has been uniting survivors, caregivers, and loved ones by honoring those affected by this rare disease.

Website: www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/awareness/

26 September - 02 October

(date to be confirmed)

National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week seeks to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops in our community and<ul> <li>boost donations of quality clothing and household goods to charity op shops <li>boost charity op shop sales <li>recognise the tremendous work of the volunteers and staff dedicated to supporting their charity op shop. </ul>

Location: National

Website: OpShopWeek.com.au

26 September - 05 October

Navaratri (Hindu)

Navaratri is the hindu festival that translates to "nine nights". It is a festival for followers to invoke the energy of the Universal Mother.

Location: International

Tue 27 September

World Tourism Day

Organisation: United Nations

World Tourism Day represents an opportunity to address how tourism can help build tolerance and understanding worldwide by serving as a catalyst for communication and exchange between the different cultures of the world.

Location: International

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

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