Events and Activities

Relay for Life

Relay for LifeRelay for Life is the world's largest fundraising event for cancer support groups and cancer research that welcomes participants to celebrate survival, remember those lost and fight back through personal pledge to beat cancer. From its humble beginnings in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 with one solitary participant, Relay for Life is now run annually in 21 countries, uniting over 600 different communities in the battle against cancer.

In Australia, Relay for Life is held in every state and territory and raises over $18 million each year for the Cancer Council and in NSW alone, nearly 50 thousand people participate every year.

Each year, the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Port Macquarie campus and Nurses 4 Nurses (Ourimbah) register teams comprising of students, staff, alumni, and family and friends. A large proportion of the funds raised locally are returned through local research projects and education programs for those affected by cancer.

International Nurses Day

International Nurses' DayInternational Nurses Day is held on 12 May, to celebrate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day Kit that contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

Each year, the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme for International Nurses Day discussions. The theme for 2013 was 'Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.'

International Day of the Midwife

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.

On May 5 each year we ask the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery. Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to provide motivating call to action for all of us to get involved and champion our work. The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world. In the years leading up to 2015, ICM is using the overarching theme “The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever” as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for midwives. This reflects the WHO call for midwives and the need to accelerate progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

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Each year the School of Nursing and Midwifery holds a fundraising BBQ to celebrate international nurses and international midwives day. All money raised from a gold coin donation assists the development and maintenance of the community Fairy Garden project in the children's ward of Lampang Hospital in northern Thailand.