What is Meat Free Week?


Meat Free Week (1-8 August 2016) is about making the choice to eat less meat, care more and feel good.

Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity to get people thinking about how much meat they eat and the impact eating too much meat may have.

With education, awareness and the information to make informed choices, the goal is that for the other 51 weeks of the year meat-eaters will consider portion sizes when including meat as part of a balanced diet.

As proud health partner of Meat Free Week since 2014, Bowel Cancer Australia is pleased to continue supporting this dynamic awareness and fundraising campaign that motivates action.

Participants will have the opportunity to raise funds in support of Bowel Cancer Australia’s vital bowel cancer prevention programs or elect to have the funds they raise reinvested into the Meat Free Week campaign, to support its continuation and expansion. More on that here.

If you're already vegetarian or vegan, there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

+ How it all started

With a shared passion for animal welfare, Meat Free Week was founded by Australians, Lainie Towner and Melissa Hobbs, who agreed it was time to stop talking and take action. 

In 2013 Meat Free Week Australia became a reality, and expanded to include Meat Free Week UK in 2015. A simple idea that could create positive change – a campaign that would get people thinking and talking about meat consumption and production.

In its first three years, Meat Free Week had a big impact with extensive media coverage and significant fundraising for charities including Voiceless, the Australian Conservation Foundation, World Land Trust, Compassion in World Farming, Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer Australia.

+ Meat Free Week 2016

The 2016 Meat Free Week campaign will run from 1st-8th August. So come on, sign up for the challenge and help create real change.





Reasons to



Eat Less
+ Challenge yourself to give up meat this Meat Free Week.

+ Bowel cancer risk increases with the amount of meat consumed.


 Care More
Consider the impact of eating too much meat.


Feel Good
Your choices have the power to make real change happen. 


Make a Difference
Best of all, you get to raise money for a great cause. Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia to help save lives and continue the global expansion of Meat Free Week.