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49 community events listed
November 2020

01-30 November

National Novel Writing Month

Organisation: Office of Letters and Light

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

Location: International

Website: nanowrimo.org/

01-30 November

Movember

Organisation: Movember Foundation

Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.

Website: au.movember.com/

01-30 November

World Vegan Month

Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!

Location: International

Website: www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/events/world-vegan-month-and-world-vegan-day

01-30 November

Asbestos Awareness Month

Organisation: Asbetsos Diseases Research Insitiute

Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

Website: www.asbestosawareness.com.au/

01-30 November

Lung Health Awareness Month

Organisation: Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Awareness Month is used to promote lung health and focus on the impact of lung disease in the Australian community.

Location: National

Website: www.lungfoundation.com.au/

01-30 November

E-Tea

Organisation: Epilepsy Action Australia

November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with E-Tea! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. Hosting a E-Tea event is a great way to fundraise while sharing some delicious treats, laughter and games. Simply choose what you'd like to do on a day in November and at a time that best suits you!

Location: National

Website: www.epilepsy.org.au/fundraise/e-tea/

Phone: 1300 37 45 37

01-30 November

(date to be confirmed)

Learn On The Loo

Organisation: WaterAid Australia

The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet every day - that's almost 8 hours a month. To raise funds and awareness for the 1 in 3 people worldwide who don't have access to a decent toilet, WaterAid is inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time during November to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month, ask friends to sponsor you, and help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don't have access to a decent dunny.

Location: National

Website: www.learnontheloo.org.au

Phone: 9001 8262

Donate online

19 November 2020 - 05 January 2021

(date to be confirmed)

Road Ribbon for Road Safety

Organisation: Western Australian Local Governments Assosciation

Coinciding with the World Health Organisation's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of road safety over the festive season. Organisations can participate by making road ribbons available to employees and the community, organising a road safety event/display or incorporating the campaign messages into existing community events/displays. Individuals are encouraged to wear a free road ribbon and spread the messages to family and friends to help raise awareness of road safety.

Website: www.roadwise.asn.au/road-ribbon-for-road-safety.aspx

21 November - 06 December

(date to be confirmed)

Schoolies Week

The Safer Schoolies Initiative aims to enhance the safety of school leavers participating in end-of-school celebrations and the communities that host these celebrations. The combination of inexperience, lack of supervision and excessive consumption of alcohol has, in the past, led to incidents of anti-social behaviour that has disturbed residents and placed young people at risk of harm.

Location: National

Website: www.schoolies.com/2020

21 November - 31 December

Dinesmart

Organisation: Streetsmart

For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It's a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.

Location: National

Website: www.streetsmartaustralia.org/dinesmart

Donate online

25 November - 10 December

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Organisation: UN Women

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991. From 25 November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

Location: International

Website: saynotoviolence.org/

Mon 30 November

Today

International Computer Security Day

Security is an important consideration when working with computers, the Internet or indeed any electronic devices. Use Computer Security Day to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected.

Location: International

Mon 30 November

Today

Day of Remembrance for all Vicitims of Chemical Warfare

Organisation: United Nations

This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/chemwarfareday/

December 2020

Tue 01 December

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day - held on 1 December each year - is one of the most globally recognised events of the year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Location: International

Website: www.worldaidsday.org.au

01-31 December

Decembeard Australia

Organisation: Bowel Cancer Australia

A hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard® encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.

Website: www.decembeard.org.au/

01-31 December

Decembeard

Organisation: Bowel Cancer Australia

Bowel cancer affects men of all ages. 1 in 10 Aussie men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime, and it is Australia's second biggest cancer killer. A hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard Australia encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.

Location: National

Website: www.decembeard.org.au/

01-31 December

No Gender December

No Gender December marks a time to make a stand against the gendered marketing of toys to children.

Website: www.nogenderdecember.com/

Wed 02 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Organisation: United Nations

Despite the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery still exists. This is a day to raise awareness of the issue that continues to function in new forms.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/

Thu 03 December

(date to be confirmed)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Organisation: United Nations

Australia celebrates the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) every year on 3 December to acknowledge the valuable contribution people of all abilities make to our community.

Location: International

Website: www.idpwd.com.au/

Phone: 1800 440 385 (TTY users please phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385)

Donate online

Fri 04 December

(date to be confirmed)

Boardies Day - Lifesaving Support Day

Organisation: Point Lookout SLSC

Boardies Day is a fun way to celebrate our love of summer and the beach; and for the community to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers surf lifesavers who spend each summer protecting the beach going public. The concept of Boardies Day is simple. We want workplaces and schools all over Australia to wear their board shorts and make a gold coin donation on the day to support our volunteer surf lifesavers as they keep our beaches safe this summer!

Website: www.pointlookoutslsc.com.au

Sat 05 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Organisation: United Nations

This day aims to increase awareness of the important role voluinteers play in many organisations, and aims to stimulate more people to volunteer.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/

Mon 07 December

International Civil Aviation Day

Organisation: United Nations

The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/civil-aviation-day

Wed 09 December

International Anti-Corruption Day

Organisation: United Nations

International Anti-Corruption Day is a day for worldwide business leaders to renounce corruption and continue efforts to abolish it.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/

Thu 10 December

Human Rights Day

Organisation: United Nations

A day to celebrate the basic rights of all humans, and to remember that many people still have to fight for their human rights.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

10-23 December

(date to be confirmed)

UnitingCare Christmas Appeal

Organisation: UnitingCare

The Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal (previously Giving Box) has been an exclusive gift giving campaign to Target, offering support to disadvantaged people of all ages for over 20 years.

Location: National

Website: www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au/donation-page

Fri 11 December

International Mountain Day

Organisation: United Nations

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/mountain-day

Tue 15 December

(date to be confirmed)

Chocolate and Coffee Day for Religious Harmony

"Let's talk about that over coffee," is a common phrase in our society. It is something people do from all walks of life, all backgrounds, cultures and religions. It is a way that people connect, learn about each other and find common ground. Wherever you may be, with your friends, families, workmates, groups or organisation, share together and start the conversation.

Location: National

Website: chocolateandcoffeebreaks.com/?fbclid=IwAR3KT_3LJTn9lVD50gz9KCuNepQFrRMx8MKP-WmIphhDwNBIwUAjXieO-O8

Wed 16 December

Day of Reconciliation in South Africa

The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity.

Location: International

Fri 18 December

International Migrants Day

Organisation: United Nations

Organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/

Sun 20 December

International Human Solidarity Day

Organisation: United Nations

International Human Solidarity Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 as an initiative in the fight against poverty.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

Thu 24 December

(date to be confirmed)

Buy Nothing Christmas

This Christmas we'll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there's a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.

Location: International

Website: azerowastewarrior.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/buy-nothing-christmas/

Fri 25 December

(date to be confirmed)

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Organisation: Planet Ark

At Christmas Australians buy more, travel more and eat more than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the environmental and financial impact of these festive activities, Planet Ark has come up with 12 simple, positive actions - the 12 Do's of Christmas.

Location: National

Website: businessrecycling.com.au/documents/doc-839-12-do-s-of-xmas-2012-09-26-final.pdf

Phone: 1300 733 712

Fri 25 December

Christmas Day

For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Historically, Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.

Location: International

Sat 26 December

January 2021

Fri 01 January

01-07 January

(date to be confirmed)

Gantan Sai (New Years) - Shinto

On this New Year's Day, the followers of the Shinto religion visit shrines to pray for the renewal of their heart, prosperity and health in the year to come. The Japanese celebrate the 7 day holiday by making visits to their friends and family to express their good wishes for the year to come. They also wear their finest clothes on this day.

Website: www.japan-guide.com/e/e2056.html

Sun 10 January

(date to be confirmed)

Undies Run for Bowel Cancer

Organisation: Cancer Council SA

The People's Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer raises funds and awareness for bowel cancer by inviting people to strip down and do a fun run in the heart of Adelaide… in their underwear.

Location: SA

Website: fundraising.cancersa.org.au/event/undies-run-2020/home

Mon 11 January

(date to be confirmed)

No Pants Subway/Metro Ride

Organisation: Improv Everywhere

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in many cities around the world. The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

Location: International

Website: improveverywhere.com/missions/the-no-pants-subway-ride/

Tue 12 January

Kiss a Ginger Day

In opposition to "Kick a Ginger Day", "Kiss A Ginger Day" was created, celebrated on the 12th of January.

Website: www.facebook.com/KissAGingerDay

Tue 12 January

International Earth Chakra Day

Organisation: International Earth Chakra Day

International Earth Chakra Day is a global day of celebration and collaboration, an opportunity to spread a wave of energy around the Earth to support planetary healing and cosmic consciousness.

Location: International

Website: www.earthchakraday.org

Phone: 0424 251 455

15-24 January

Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF)

The festival showcases over 2,200 events and 4,000 different performances or gigs in 80 different venues. There are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day - it is no wonder we attract over 55,000 visitors.

Location: NSW

Website: www.tcmf.com.au

Wed 20 January

(date to be confirmed)

Penguin Awareness Day

A celebration of one of the world's most beloved creatures and a call to action for their conservation.

Location: International