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Do Something's guide to community events

23 May

Wow Day

Wow Day

A day of recognition and appreciation where the dedicated work of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers is celebrated across Australia. The focus of WOW Day is to encourage the community to show their support in a very simple but highly visible gesture by wearing the colour orange. This is the colour worn by SES volunteers.

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20 May -
26 May

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’. The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.

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21 May -
27 May

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Macular Disease Foundation Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event designed to raise awareness of macular degeneration and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macular checked.

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21 May -
27 May

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer. Volunteering Australia is also excited to announce our new National Volunteer Week theme: Give a little. Change a lot.

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20 May -
27 May

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

Schizophrenia Awareness Week

Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) has been held in May every year since 1986. The Week aims to reduce stigma towards people affected by schizophrenia, bust myths about schizophrenia, & promote help-seeking by people affected by schizophrenia and their carers. In 2018, SAW will be held from the 20 - 27 May 2018, coinciding with World Schizophrenia Awareness Day (24 May)

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01 May -
31 May

Miracle Month of May

Miracle Month of May

Miracle Babies Foundation To raise awareness and funds for premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

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01 May -
31 May

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held during May each year to raise community awareness and promote a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

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01 May -
31 May

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

Neurofibromatosis Month is about building public awareness of a disease deserving of national attention. As one of Australia's most common genetic conditions, Neurofibromatosis (NFT) is characterised by the growth of benign tumours anywhere where there are nerve cells. The month will be jam packed with information events and fundraisers so check out the website for details.

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01 May -
31 May

Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid Awareness Month

Are you familiar with how your thyroid affects your health? Thyroid Awareness Month aims to educate all Australians about the importance of good thyroid health and role of hormones in controlling our metabolism. All Australians need to be more aware of their thyroid health and to see their doctor for thyroid testing.

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01 May -
31 May

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Month

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Month

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month is the biggest time of the year for raising local and national awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 100% of funds raised goes towards supporting people with this condition and for further research for a cure.

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01 May -
31 May

Art for Epilepsy

Art for Epilepsy

Art for Epilepsy brings together the talented artists of Australia in support of those impacted by epilepsy. We have a mixture of well established and prominent Australian artists, as well as emerging talent and up and coming artists. Each work contains the colour purple, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy. Grab yourself an original piece of art for a great cause!

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01 May -
31 May

Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung disease affects 1 in 4 Australians and is responsible for 1 in 7 deaths, however many people tend to ignore the signs and symptoms, often not doing anything about it for far too long. Lung Health Awareness Month is a Lung Foundation Australia national campaign aimed at raising awareness among the community about the importance of lung health and how to recognise and act upon the symptoms

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01 May -
31 May

65 Roses

65 Roses

Cystic Fibrosis Federation Australia The National Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign is hosted during the month of May. Each year the National Office in conjunction with its State and Territory associations host many awareness initiatives and fundraising events through May. For the last couple of years we have encouraged people to participate in a challenge themed around the number 65.

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01 May -
31 May

Mercy May

Mercy May

Mercy Ships 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.

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24 May

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

May is Australia's biggest Morning Tea month. Thursday 23rd May is the official day but you can host an event anytime throughout May or June. It's simple, fun and best of all for a great cause! All you need to do is set a date, brainstorm some morning tea ideas, invite your guests and raise money to help support the fight against cancer.

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25 May

Wild Women On Top Melbourne Coastrek

Wild Women On Top Melbourne Coastrek

The third annual Wild Women On Top Melbourne Coastrek is headed back to the Mornington Peninsula coastline on Friday 25 May 2018. Coastrek is Australia’s most popular adventure hike for women, now for the first time ever mums and dads can get their 16+teens off screens to join them. Registrations open Wednesday 1 November 2017. Coastrek hope to raise $1.8 million for Fred Hollows Foundation.

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When:
08:00am - 05:00pm
Access:
Public transport
Phone:
0731662141
Email:
queensland@pcfa.org.au
More:
https://registration.everydayhero.com/ps/event/pcfagoodwillswing/

25 May -
26 May

Goodwill Bridge Swing supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Goodwill Bridge Swing supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Go on, achieve the unthinkable for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA)! Urban Descent’s Goodwill Bridge Swing, event is back! If you’ve been wanting to raise much needed funds & participate in an extreme activity at the same time then this is the event for you. Enjoy the excitement of swinging across the heart of the city from Brisbane’s iconic Goodwill Bridge, while raising funds!

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26 May -
27 May

Red Shield Appeal Doorknock

Red Shield Appeal Doorknock

Each year The Salvation Army provides assistance to over one million Australians. To continue providing their high quality community services, they need you to support their Red Shield Appeal. You can get involved by either becoming one of their 100,000 volunteer collectors or giving money to their door knockers or online Red Shield donations campaign.

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When:
07:00pm - 11:30pm
More:
http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/night

26 May

White Ribbon Night

White Ribbon Night

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!

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