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Cupkace Day for the RSPCA

Last year, you sold over 250,000 cupcakes across Australia. This year, we want to ice that total and add hundreds and thousands!

Along with the 'Most Creative Cupcake', we're also introducing two more competitions:

'Extreme Cupcake Eating' - $100 Red Balloon Day voucher for the team or individual who finds the most outrageous place to eat their cupcake.

'Most Money Raised' - State trophy for the team or individual who raises the most money for the RSPCA.

Whether you want to be an RSPCA Cupcake Cook or simply an RSPCA Cupcake eater - you will be supporting the thousands of animals we care for everyday.

Registrations are now open so please click here to upload your entry.

Remember when using eggs in your cupcake recipe, Choose Wisely.

Get involved!

Oxfam's Exchange for Change

1 to 30 September 2009- Australian women are invited to host a clothes exchange at any time in September to raise funds for Oxfam Australia. Swap clothes that you no longer wear, love or need to help abolish global poverty.
The event is the creation of four Australian women who thought they had more than enough in their wardrobes and their wallets but wanted to do more in the world. They realised that 'new' does feel good but that 'new' doesn't have to be 'brand new'.

See where your money goes:

Solomon Islands. Photo: Kim Berry/OxfamAUS

A $10 donation

can buy a bush knife for a young person in the Solomon Islands to use to build fences and chicken coops to start up a small-scale project to help them grow more food.
Cambodia. Photo: David Sproule/OxfamAUS

A $20 donation

can pay for five household gardens to be set up in Cambodia. The vegetable gardens can help families to have a more diverse diet and decrease the chances of malnutrition.
Sudan. Photo: OxfamAUS

A $30 donation

can buy a personal washing kit for a family in Sudan, including body soaps, clothes soaps, a jerry can, sleeping mats and wash basins.
Mozambique. Photo: Paul Weinberg/OxfamAUS

A $50 donation

can pay for Mozambican women living with HIV to undertake specialised sewing skills training, enabling them to develop skills to negotiate for further contracts.
South Africa. Photo: Paul Weinberg/OxfamAUS

A $100 donation

can be used to start a vegetable garden to provide nutritious food for families in need in South Africa. The vegetable gardens ensure that families who do not have the financial means to buy groceries are able to feed their families with nutritious food.


Footy Colours Day

4 September (Friday) 2009- Wear your team's colours - AFL, NRL, rugby union or soccer and help raise funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation. To organise a Footy Colours Day event register online.

Football is about spirit, strength and the fight to win. Those touched by cancer share a similar journey and need the same strength and courage to win their individual fight.

Footy Colours Day is easy to organise, a lot of fun and a great opportunity for corporates, small business, government, schools, clubs and local communities to band together and support children and young people living with cancer.

National Blood Donor Week

7 to 13 September 2009

Weedbusters Week

7 to 13 September 2009 - A national campaign to raise awareness about sustainable land and water management.

Rainbow's End

29 August to 12 September 2009- Australian life in the 1950s as experienced by three generations of Koori women. To book tickets and for more information visit the venue, Riverside Theatre Parramatta.

National Canteen Bandanna Day

30 October (Friday) 2009 - Canteen National Bandanna Day - Purchase a bandanna to support young people living with cancer. (See also No School Today: Fundraising Activities)
To learn more on how you can volunteer, pack or sell bandannas, please visit our National Bandanna Day website @ www.bandannaday.com.au.

Fundraising for CanTeen is a great way to enjoy time with your friends while raising awareness of, and funds for, CanTeen!
Each year hundreds of CanTeen supporters get out in their local communities to hold sausage sizzles, head shaves or car boot sales to raise funds for CanTeen. Check the What's On section of this site to learn more about initiatives in your local area.
We'd also like to make you aware of our Raise More Than a Sweat program. Raise More Than a Sweat is an easy way to raise funds to support young people living with cancer while doing… just about anything! Check it out now.

Become a Volunteer!
You can assist on our camps and programs, in our offices or at our events.
We hold regular volunteer information evenings in your state or one of our team can visit your office to let you know about CanTeen’s corporate volunteer program.
CanTeen has heaps of Volunteers already working to support young people living with cancer – but we always need more! There are a number of different ways you can get involved:

Medical vols are ALWAYS needed Medical Volunteers
Click here to receive more info or
call 1800 639 614 to register

CanTeen requires nurses and doctors to attend our camps and recreation days to provide medical support to all participants.
Participate in discussion groups Psychosocial Volunteers
Click here to receive more info or
call 1800 639 614 to register

CanTeen facilitates group discussions for our Members. Psychologists, social workers and youth workers are invited to assist in their design and delivery.
Lead activities Activity Volunteers
Click here to receive more info or
call 1800 639 614 to register

To run programs we also need Activity Volunteers to co-develop, facilitate or just oversee fun sport and craft activities.
General assistance is always needed Administration/General Volunteers
Click here to receive more info or
call 1800 639 614 to register

Administration Volunteers help out in CanTeen offices around the country – be ready for anything!
Help out at a fundraising event Event Volunteers

Packing boxes of bandannas, helping run a golf day or organising prizes for fundraising events are all part of being an Event Volunteer for CanTeen. The biggest event we need support for is National Bandanna Day, held annually in October. Call (02) 8296 6324 for more info.
Get your team involved Corporate Volunteers

Download a flyer on corporate volunteering here.
Use your allocated charity day to help CanTeen on a range of projects - we can tailor opportunities to your team size or to utilise your professional expertise. Call (02) 8296 6324 for more info.

Not sure what kind of volunteer you should be? Download our volunteer flyer here - it might help answer some of your questions!



2 to 4 July 2009 -
Born to Fly Kids Holiday Program -
Hosted by the Hope Christian Church Melbourne. The free program encourages children through activities and interactive learning experiences. The program also includes puppetry, storytelling, skits, arts and crafts, games, songs, prizes and more.

Brandon Park Community Centre, 645 Ferntree Gully Rd, Glen Waverley.


5 to 17 October 2009 - Sydney Children's Festival - Includes workshops, performances, exhibitions, and free activities.

8 to 11 October 2009 - Bathurst 1000 - V8 Supercar Racing - Mount Panorama Bathurst. For tickets visit Ticketek. (See V8 Supercar driving experiences.)

9 October (Friday) 2009 - RSPCA Happy Tails Day - (See also No School Today: Fundraising Activities.)

10 October (Saturday) 2009 - Bears Of Hope Charity Gala Dinner - Tickets are $100, which includes a three course meal, beer, wine and soft drink. 7.00pm to 11.30pm at Courtside Function and Event Centre, Rod Laver Dr, Sydney Olympic Park. RSVP by 27 September. For tickets visit the website.

10 to 18 October 2009 - World Masters Games - The games have been held every four years since they began in 1985 and are open to all abilities and most ages. The games this year will incorporate 28 sports such as swimming, diving, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, sailing, shooting, tennis, baseball and more. Visit the website to volunteer.

16 to 19 October 2009 - Griffith Festival of the Gardens - Tour around a variety of privately owned town, farm and outback gardens and meet special guest, this year Elizabeth Swane - rose fancier & revegetation specialist. There are tour buses running daily! Festival Launch on Friday Night at St Alb an's Cathedral with floral art & quilt displays. Festival Dinner on Saturday night.In conjunction with the Festival Of Gardens, see the larger than life Citrus Sculpture Display with over 40 sculptures lining the entrance to Banna Avenue. These sculptures are unique to Griffith, Australia and Menton, France. For more information, contact the Griffith Visitors' Information Centre Ph. 1800 681 141 (See information on Griffith)



3 September (Thursday) 2009 - Australian National Flag Day - The 108th birthday of the Australian Flag. It was first raised on this day in 1901.

3 September (Thursday) 2009 - Queensland Connections 2009 - The Makings of a Nutty Business - A free lunchtime talk on the beginnings of the macadamia industry with guest speaker Catherine Chambers of the Cultural Heritage Branch of the Environmental Protection Agency. 12.30pm to 1.15pm at the Queensland Museum, Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Bank. For more information phone 3840 7555.

3 to 5 September 2009 - Red - A Choose Your Own Adventure Musical - Presented by Underground Productions and written by local writers, the story is loosely based on Red Riding Hood. On the way to grandma's house, Red encounters a pair of hoodlums, a gender confused wolf and a lost prince. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for students and $15 for adults. Performing nightly, 7.30pm at the Cement Box Theatre. For tickets contact 0433 809 256 or email tickets [at] www.undergroundproductions.org.au

6 September (Sunday) 2009 - Father's Day - See Father's Day Gift ideas here.

6 to 12 September 2009 - National Child Protection Week
6 to 13 September 2009 - Homeless World Cup 2009
- An annual international football tournament. Teams are made up of homeless people who are invited to play for their country.

7 to 13 September 2009 - National Blood Donor Week

7 to 13 September 2009 - Weedbusters Week - A national campaign to raise awareness about sustainable land and water management.

9 to 11 September 2009 - Big Sound - Music industry summit and showcase. Fortitude Valley.

12 September (Saturday) 2009 - An Amayeszing Celebration - Celebrating Logan's history with displays, traditional settler food, indigenous dancing and family histories. Free admission. 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Historical Mayes Cottage, 34 Mawarra St, Kingston. (See our Q150 page for more events celebrating Queensland). 

12 September (Saturday) 2009 - Glitz 'n' Glam - The annual Young Variety Ball in support of children's charity Variety. Early bird tickets are $80. After 29 August tickets will be $85. 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start at the Rooftop Bar, The Fox Hotel, Cnr Melbourne & Hope Sts, Southbank. The event will finish at 9.30pm. For tickets visit Variety.

19 September (Saturday) 2009 - Talk Like a Pirate Day Queensland - Australians are invite to join people around the world to Talk Like A Pirate for a day and raise funds for Childhood Cancer Support who provide accommodation, emotional and financial support at no cost to families of children with cancer. Official merchandise can be ordered from newsagents or the website. If you're planning an event, click here for Pirate Party Ideas


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Adventure Island Tours

Adventure Island Tours is a local family business and one of Tasmania's most popular day tour companies. Operating the famous 11 hour Port Arthur "Mega" Day Tour and Port Arthur Ghost Tour, with 6 departures a week, we are the Port Arthur specialists ! We use comfortable 12 seat vehicles for all our tours and the small group sizes definitely add to a more personal experience. Our tours are also information based, we have photo sheets as well as maps and visual displays to really enhance your experience, you can also be sure that our tassie guides have researched the best local stories from each area. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our travellers through flexible and great value for money budget tours.

Port Arthur 'bare to the bones' Ghost tour

This is a “no frills” Budget Port Arthur Ghost tour!
We depart from Hobart and follow the Tasman Peninsula before arriving at the famous Port Arthur Historic site.
We then join a 90 minute lantern walk around the famous Port Arthur Historic Site after dark. It’s a different place after sunset, full of mystery and intrigue.
Listen to your guide’s spine chilling stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences that have been recorded from the 1870s to the present day.

Truth or myth? You decide.

Port Arthur is one of the most haunted places in Australia…..are you brave enough to do this tour!

We can pick you up from your hotel/hostels and private accommodation in Hobart City.



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Dig In, Don't Wait

17 September 2009 to July 2010

Find out what South Australians have been dishing up over the last 150 years in the latest exhibition at the Unley Museum. Dig In, Don’t Wait is all about what, when and how we eat. A delicious looking display full of stories, objects and hands-on fun. Marvel at the cardboard lunch boxes, discover lunch was once called ‘noonings’ or add your memories to our response boards. Dig In, Don’t Wait is full of hands-on fun for kids. They can put together the giant cow jigsaw to find out where meat cuts come from, brush up on their manners by playing the snakes and ladders etiquette game or make a model of their favourite dinner. Visit http://www.about-australia.com to find out more!

Adelaide's Underwater Heritage Trail

Adelaide's Underwater Heritage Trail interprets four shipwrecks located in Gulf St Vincent - the Grecian, Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma.

These wrecks represent a variety of vessels associated with trade and development in South Australia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and span the period of British shipbuilding from 1841 to 1893.

The remains demonstrate the four major types of materials used in sailing vessel construction during that era - wood, composite (wood and iron), iron and steel.

This trail, which extends from the Star of Greece, off Port Willunga, to the Zanoni, about 15 kilometres south east of Ardrossan, includes a brochure and four underwater plaques placed adjacent to each wreck. Click here to find out more!

4 to 10 October 2009 - Mental Health Week Tasmania

9 October (Friday) 2009 - RSPCA Happy Tails Day - (See also No School Today: Fundraising Activities.)

9 October (Friday) 2009 - Mental Health Day at the Gardens - Part of Mental Health Week. The expo will include a battle of the bands and a panel debate on youth mental health issues. 10.00am to 2.00pm in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

10 October (Saturday) 2009 - National Firefighters Remembrance Day

11 October (Sunday) 2009 - Walking Tour of the Orphan School, St. John’s Church and St. John’s Park Precinct - Hosted by Friends of the Orphan School and St John's Park Precinct. Learn about the site and its history from architectural historian Warwick Oakman. Notes and afternoon tea provided. $10 donation required. 2.00pm, St. John's Ave, New Town. To make a booking contact 6234 1392.

1 September to 16 October 2009 - Nocturnal Bird Night Stalk - Choose a night to head out in the local area and take part in an annual national survey of native animals and their habitats. This year the survey is focusing on nocturnal birds. Participants are invited to take torches and record the number of mammals, birds, bats, reptiles and frogs found and then send the findings to Perth Zoo or email it via the online form. For more information visit Perth Zoo.

21 to 24 October 2009 - Royal Hobart Show - Royal Hobart Showground, 2 Howard Rd, Glenorchy.

26 October (Monday) 2009 - Pink Ribbon Day - Aiming to increase the awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

Pink Ribbon Day 

Pink Ribbon Day is an annual event to encourage women to be breast aware and highlight the importance of breast cancer research.

The purchase of a simple twist of pink satin in the form of brooches, t-shirts and pins, plus donations, raises funds for breast cancer research, education programs and support services in your community.

In 2008, Pink Ribbon Day raised over $2 million, which will go a long way to helping the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed by the age of 85.

Visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au for more information.

Contact details:

General inquiries: 1300 65 65 85
Volunteer inquiries: 1300 65 65 85
Corporate inquiries: 02 8063 4100

31 October (Saturday) 2009 - Halloween - (Having a Halloween party? For party products, ideas and costumes see Themes4Parties, and for shopping see our BCL Halloween page.)

For more information on What's On in your state, visit http://www.bcl.com.au/