Join with us in celebrating 2018 as the year of lifelong learning! #YOLL2018
Celebrate the power of people continuing to learn throughout their lives. We know from research both in Australia and internationally that when people take an active approach to learning in their adult years they develop the skills, confidence and courage to live independently, find new work and to shine at new skills. Taking time for learning as an adult is the key to a healthy and active life, to staying connected in communities, as well as to finding new or better work - it's a lifechanger!
We are encouraging communities to put a focus on adult learning as a lifelong activity throughout 2018. To coincide with this we are calling on the Australian government to adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning as an essential feature of an inclusive, healthy, equitable and sustainable future for Australia.
This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.
Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July.
It's a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption
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 during the month of July.
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.
We're calling on all Souperheroes to make a difference in the lives of struggling citizens. By taking a Soup Challenge from Saturday 29th July to Friday 4th August, you will Be A Souperhero to people in crisis. The funds you raise will assist the Salvos in continuing to provide services and support to people experiencing disadvantage.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Every 14 hours, a child in Australia is born with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability. People with cerebral palsy have said it's like being trapped in a body they can't fully control. 30 minutes of your time can change the life of a child born with cerebral palsy.
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.
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.
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.
Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather in Memphis for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week always includes traditional events such as the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, Elvis Insiders Event and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.