“GO PURPLE” is the international colour for epilepsy and we are encouraging all Queenslanders to wear purple on Monday 26 March 2018. Purple Day is celebrated throughout the world to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy by raising awareness in a positive way.

Saturday 25 November 2017 has been designated as “Orange Day” by the UN to raise awareness against violence towards women and girls. The overarching theme of ‘Orange Day’ is “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. Orange being a vibrant and optimistic colour it represents a future free of violence.

The Brisbane Christmas Basket Buddy is calling on volunteers now to donate food and/or a Christmas present for the homeless and families in need around the Brisbane area.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia is all about getting everyone cooking again by teaching people the basics: how to grocery shop, how to cook and how to enjoy food in a way that benefits individuals and their families. It aims to give as many people as possible the tools and information they need to make better food choices to ensure healthier and happier communities.

For many Christmas is a joyous and festive time to be spent with family and friends. Time spent having a BBQ, going to the beach or a game of backyard cricket. It’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives and the country we live in.

Disability Action Week will be held from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 September 2017. The theme this year is ‘Everybody has a role to play’, encouraging everyday Queenslanders to make small changes, be more inclusive and create a more welcoming state for people with disabilities.

Our thoughts are currently with Central Queensland (Gladstone Regional Council Area) who are experiencing flooding in their area. There have been no calls for spontaneous volunteers at this time.

Australia nationally recognises Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to celebrate our cultural diversity and it also coincides with the United Nations ‘International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.

Last Wednesday, 18 November, 253 volunteers as well as vulnerable residents came to Eagle Farm Racecourse for Homeless Connect. This important one-day event links people experiencing homelessness with free vital services, provided by community groups and businesses, that many of us take for granted.

International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations appointed 18 December to be officially appointed as International Migrants Day and celebrated annually.

'Leave no woman behind' International Women’s Day is globally recognised to celebrate the amazing acts of courage and determination by ordinary women in their country and communities. The 2018 theme is ‘Leave no woman behind’acknowledges the essential role women play in humanitarian and natural disaster response.

It’s time to get out and about and know your neighbours! Sunday 25 March 2018 is recognised as ‘Neighbour Day’ and the theme is“The Importance of a Supportive Neighbourhood for Children and Young People”.

Volunteering Australia in partnership with Volunteering WA and Eduka Web Developers will today launch the GoVolunteer App in celebration of tomorrow’s International Volunteer Day. The App connects you to thousands of volunteer-involving organisations all over the country from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and is the ideal tool to help you find your perfect volunteer match.

‘Pay It Forward’ and what does it mean – an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.

Sunday 3 September is the start of Queensland Child Protection Week (3-9 September 2017), and it is an opportunity for us all in the community to connect and think about how we can work together to keep all children safe and feeling protected. 

The week of 6–12 May 2018 is nationally recognised as ‘Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week’.  The aim of the week is to increase awareness and raise the profile on what Tourette Syndrome is, and to ask for greater understanding and acceptance in the community to undo the social stigma created by misinformation.

Volunteering Queensland and other volunteer-involving organisations alike are inundated with requests in the lead-up to Christmas. Many people are looking to selflessly volunteer their time over the holidays and particularly on Christmas Day. There is often greater demand than available opportunities during the festive season. Many organisations close or have enough existing volunteers to fill required roles. Although, at present there are some great Christmas volunteering opportunities available. There's gift wrapping, hamper packing and helping with children's parties.

Christmas is often a time to celebrate with family and friends, however many other families and individuals are often doing it tough and may need that extra support during this festive season.

On 4 February every year the world unites for World Cancer Day. Taking on the global theme ‘We can. I can’, World Cancer Day will explore how everyone can act as a collective or as an individual to reduce the impact and burden of cancer on individuals, families and communities.

World Health Day is an opportunity to call upon world leaders to live up to the pledges they made upon agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and commit to positive steps to promote and advance #HealthForAll. The theme for this year’s World Heath Day theme is, 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere'.

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