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Do Something's guide to community events

23 May -
24 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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19 May -
25 May

Spinal Health Week

Spinal Health Week

A healthy spine means a healthier life. Spinal Health Week is an annual, national initiative run by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia. This year, the Week will focus on posture in the workplace, highlighting the dangers of long-term sitting and incorrect posture. Chiropractors around the country will be running local activities during the week.

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24 May -
30 May

Macular Degeneration Week

Macular Degeneration Week

Macular Degeneration may not be a familiar term to many Australians, but it's a condition to which we are all at risk. Approximately 1 in 7 people over 50 suffer from MD, the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina causing progressive loss of central vision. Macular Degeneration Week is therefore about raising vital awareness of Australia's leading cause of blindness.

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24 May -
30 May

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week takes place in the last week of May every year. A national awareness week aimed at acknowledging those working in palliative care, it promotes the importance of supporting those living with a terminal illness and the need to confront our fears by talking about death and dying.

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24 May -
30 May

Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Australia’s Kidney Health Week promotes good kidney health for women and men. For more information on kidneys and the urinary tract visit www.kidney.org.au.

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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

Miracle Month of May

Miracle Month of May

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

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25 May

International Missing Children's Day

International Missing Children's Day

The purpose of International Missing Children’s Day is to encourage everyone to think about children who remain missing and to spread a message of hope by releasing balloon. It commemorates the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime around the world.

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26 May

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day

For 150 years, indigenous children in Australia were separated from their families. The 'Bringing them Home' report in 1997 shed light on this history of forced removal policies of past Australian governments and their devastating impact on Aboriginal communities and culture. National Sorry Day sees thousands of Australians from all walks of life coming together to honour the Stolen Generations.

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26 May -
02 Jun

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The week is about joining the reconciliation conversation and reflecting on our shared histories, contributions and achievements.

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28 May

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Take a break and help fight cancer. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a fun and easy way to raise money for cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services. Host your morning tea at work, at home or with your local community group and have a cuppa for cancer. Every cup counts!

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29 May

White Wreath Day

White Wreath Day

White Wreath Day is a special day dedicated to remembering victims of suicide and increasing awareness of suicide in Australia ea. It is held yearly (May 29th) to remember loved ones who have taken their lives, the day also raises funds for support services for those suffering from mental illness. White Wreaths are displayed as a memorial, each representing a suicide in the last year.

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29 May

65 Roses Day

65 Roses Day

65 Roses Day is the national day of awareness for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic condition that causes critical lung damage and problems digesting food. Throughout May and on 65 Roses Day there are events held all around Australia to raise vital funds and awareness. To get involved please visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.au, or take on the 65 Roses Challenge at www.65roses.org.au

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30 May -
31 May

Winter Sleepout

Winter Sleepout

The Winter Sleepout is a national fundraising event and awareness campaign for Mission Australia. You can get involved by organising your own sleepout in a community hall, scout/guide hall, school, shopping centre, backyard or even your living room. Whatever works for you and your community.

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31 May

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day

Each year, 6 million people die as a result of tobacco usage. 600,000 of those victims are non-smokers. On World No Tobacco Day 2014, the World Health Organisation draws attention to the health implications of tobacco with the theme of "tobacco industry interference".

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01 Jun -
30 May

Junk Free June

Junk Free June

During the month of June The Junction Works is asking people to "Give up or Take Up' to support young men and women with disability living in south west Sydney. Its a great way to get fit and healthy yourself and to give people some opportunities to live happy, healthy and active lives. Take up the challenge do it for you and for young people with disability.

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01 Jun -
05 Jun

Wild Onesie Week

Wild Onesie Week

Are you prepared to head to work or wherever you normally spend your day, dressed head-to-toe as an endangered animal? That's our challenge to Australians during WILD ONESIE WEEK! By wearing a Onesie and going about your daily business – in a fun way, you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to be an endangered species for a day. Check out the site to learn how to get involved and register!

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01 Jun -
07 Jun

Thyroid Awareness Week

Thyroid Awareness Week

Are you familiar with how your thyroid affects your health? Thyroid Awareness Week aims to educate all Australians about the importance of good thyroid health and role of hormones in controlling our metabolism

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01 Jun -
07 Jun

DES Awareness Week

DES Awareness Week

A week to raise awareness of the health problems associated with the anti-miscarriage drug DES (diethylstilboestrol), prescribed from 1938- 1971 (and sometimes beyond). Women who were prescribed DES and their children of that pregnancy are unaware of their higher risk of certain cancers and reproductive problems caused by DES and unaware of the special health care they need.

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01 Jun -
08 Jun

Medical Research Week

Medical Research Week

Medical Research Week is a celebration of Australia's contribution to medical research, the week comprises of a speaking Tour by ASMR Medallist, public expositions, scientific meetings, public lectures and debates, radio shows, schools events and quiz, scientific meetings and much more. Check out their website for details.

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