The National Calendar | Do Something!
Do Something's guide to community events

30 Sep -
06 Oct

National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week

DoSomething Australia. National Op Shop Week seeks to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops and volunteering in our community.

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01 Oct -
07 Oct

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week

The Sleep Health Foundation is Australia’s leading advocate for healthy sleep. It aims to improve people’s lives by promoting sleep, raising awareness of sleep disorders and building partnerships with organisations. Free, independent, expert-reviewed fact sheets on every aspect of sleep are available at www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au.

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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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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Breast Ever Brunch

Breast Ever Brunch

Help create change in the lives of women with breast cancer by hosting a Breast ever Brunch this October. Whether you decide to host a brunch at home or a morning tea at work, every dollar you raise this October will help women with breast cancer when they need it most. You can help create change in her life today. Visit www.breasteverbrunch.org.au to get your FREE host kit!

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

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. Following the huge response and fantastic community events and feedback from last year, Mental Health Month 2018 will be keeping the theme from last year – Share the Journey.

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Dogtober

Dogtober

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.

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Odd Socks Day

Odd Socks Day

Odd socks day is a light-hearted approach to remind people that anyone can have an odd day, and that stigma is still one of the greatest barriers to people seeking help and recovering from a mental illness. Odd Socks Day runs all month so get your colleagues together, chuck on some odd socks, fundraise for Grow and stomp out stigma!

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Foot Health Month

Foot Health Month

Foot Health Month is hosted every year as an initiative of the Australasian Podiatry Council, the peak body for podiatry in Australia. The Foot Health Month campaign seeks to remind the public about the significance of good foot health and encourage people to seek more information about the services that podiatrists offer.

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Ocsober 2016

Ocsober 2016

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.

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Walktober

Walktober

This October, people across Australia will set themselves a challenge to raise money to enable more disadvantaged students to participate in Bluearth’s Active Leaders Program. This year, Walktober is a 31 minute challenge for 31 days. Each day in October, we’re asking you to walk, run, ride, swim, bounce, skip, climb for 31 minutes a day. It’s all about moving more, any way you enjoy.

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01 Oct -
31 Oct

Pink Ribbon Day

Pink Ribbon Day

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, and world-class cancer research. While October is the official month for Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day, you can get involved at anytime.

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06 Oct

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. Through World CP Day, we will join together to combine our resources, energy and knowledge. We will share our stories and best ideas.We will tell the world … I AM HERE … WE ARE HERE

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06 Oct -
12 Oct

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Week is held annually in neighbourhoods across Australia and New Zealand. NHW group members gather in their communities to raise awareness of the Neighbourhood Watch and the benefits of belonging to a local Neighbourhood Watch group.

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07 Oct -
13 Oct

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the simple joys of gardening and to highlight the associated environmental, social and health benefits. Open to everybody – people of all ages, organisations, businesses, local communities, local councils, schools, etc. - to participate in and celebrate gardening in any way they choose. Dig In & Celebrate!

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14 Oct -
20 Oct

Anti Poverty Week

Anti Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

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15 Oct

Light it Red for Dyslexia

Light it Red for Dyslexia

‘Light it Red for Dyslexia’ is a volunteer initiative to light significant monuments and landmarks across Australia in the colour RED for Dyslexia Awareness, on the 15th October 2016. Various volunteer Dyslexia support and community groups nationwide have come together to bring the initiative to fruition. #lightitredfordyslexia

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15 Oct -
19 Oct

Sock it to Suicide Week

Sock it to Suicide Week

Sock it to Suicide week take place every year during the third full week of October. The White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.

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15 Oct -
21 Oct

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

Every year, Deaf Australia Inc and it's state branches, gear up to organise events during this week, focused on celebrating Auslan, deaf people and the deaf community in Australia.

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16 Oct -
22 Oct

National Carer's Week

National Carer's Week

National Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities. Carers Week events across Australia provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring. You don’t need to be a carer to be part of National Carers Week, see how you can get involved today.

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16 Oct -
22 Oct

National Water Week

National Water Week

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of our future generations. While the week is dedicated to encouraging communities to take action to protect our vital water sources, it’s also a celebration of innovation and water achievements.

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