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04 Aug

National Aboriginal and Islander Day

National Aboriginal and Islander Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every child.

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29 Jul -
04 Aug

National Missing Persons Week

National Missing Persons Week

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.

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21 Jul -
04 Aug

Sydney's Biggest Backyard On Show

Sydney's Biggest Backyard On Show

Australia's largest urban park is opening the gates with a series of free events and fun activities for all ages. Some of these activities include: * Food trucks * Dog walking * Tree top climbing * Aboriginal star glazing * Tree planting * Spartan workout tour * Warrigal dog run * Dawn patrol * Spot that water bug * Sydney zoo in attendance

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29 Jul -
04 Aug

Be A Souperhero

Be A Souperhero

The Salvation Army We're calling on all Souperheroes to change the world one bowl of soup at a time! By taking the 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 hardship and disadvantage.

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29 Jul -
05 Aug

Donate Life Week

Donate Life Week

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.

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01 Aug -
07 Aug

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week

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

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01 Aug -
08 Aug

Meat Free Week

Meat Free Week

Ethical Eats Ltd. Every march, meat free week encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals. At the same time, you'll also raise money for some very worthwhile charities.

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01 Aug -
31 Aug

MS Readathon - One month challenge

MS Readathon - One month challenge

Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA) 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.

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15 Jul -
21 Oct

The Bloody Long Walk Series

The Bloody Long Walk Series

The Bloody Long Walk is a challenge to cure mitochondrial disease (mito). Walk, jog or run and enjoy spectacular scenery whilst raising vital funds to help find a cure for mito. Mito is a debilitating and potentially fatal genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to convert food into the energy needed to power muscles and major organs; 1 in 200 people are at risk of developing mito.

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05 Aug -
11 Aug

National EOS Awareness Week

National EOS Awareness Week

National EOS Awareness Week is a week to raise awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Australia.

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06 Aug -
12 Aug

Homelessness Prevention Week

Homelessness Prevention Week

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.

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06 Aug -
12 Aug

Speech Pathology Week

Speech Pathology Week

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.

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06 Aug -
12 Aug

Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week

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

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08 Aug

Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day events activate conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning.

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08 Aug

Top 8 Challenge

Top 8 Challenge

The Top 8 Challenge is ausEE's national fundraising event. Participate at www.top8challenge.com. In participating you will raise much needed funds for medical research into eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders and help ausEE Inc. to provide support and information to anyone affected by these disorders.

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11 Aug -
19 Aug

National Science Week

National Science Week

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.

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12 Aug

City2Surf Fun Run

City2Surf Fun Run

The Sun Herald City2Surf Sydney is an annual 14km race from Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD to the finish at Bondi Beach. This event was first run in 1971 with 2,000 entrants and reached a record 64,713 entrants in 2007. The new "back of the pack" start group was added in 2010 and the event now attracts over 80,000 participants each year.

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12 Aug

International Youth Day

International Youth Day

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. The UN Programme on Youth encourages youth around the world to organise activities to raise awareness about the situation of young people in their country. Why not celebrate International Youth Day by holding an event in your area?

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17 Aug -
24 Aug

Book Week

Book Week

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.

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18 Aug

Vietnam Veterans Day (Long Tan Day)

Vietnam Veterans Day (Long Tan Day)

18th of 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 Australians have participated.

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