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134 community events listed
November 2021

Sat 20 November

Africa Industrialization Day

Organisation: United Nations

Africa Industrialisation Day aims to mobilise the commitment of the international community to the industrialisation of Africa.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/africa-industrialization-day

20-28 November

Social Inclusion Week

Organisation: Play It Forward

CONNECT, COLLABORATE & CELEBRATE! <p>Social Inclusion Week aims to help all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. Created by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, founder of the award winning Choir of Hard Knocks, Social Inclusion Week is about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends, in order to build and strengthen relationships or networks and address isolation and exclusion of those who may be marginalised.

Location: National

Website: www.socialinclusionweek.com.au/

Sun 21 November

World Television Day

Organisation: United Nations

This day celebrates the ways television has helped to increase world communications, as well as the implications it has had on social and cultural development.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/world-television-day

21 November - 31 December

(date to be confirmed)


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

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Mon 22 November

(date to be confirmed)

Wellness Walk & Festival

Organisation: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

The Wellness Walk is a yearly event taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the finishing line at Government House to enjoy the celebratory Wellness Festival! It's a family friendly walk with an easy route suitable for all ages & abilities. <br>The walk raises awareness for mental illness & encourages walking as a way to improve mental wellness. This is a wonderful event brings together people from all walks of life in a positive, active and fun environment because together we make a difference.

Website: www.wellnesswalk.org.au/

Thu 25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Organisation: United Nations

This day is a reminder that violence against women should never occur. It is a reminder that the world must continue to eliminate instances of violence against anybody, particularly women.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day

Thu 25 November

White Ribbon Day

Organisation: White Ribbon Foundation (Australia)

The White Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The campaign calls for men across Australia to speak out and take an oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Location: International

Website: www.whiteribbon.org.au/

Thu 25 November

Orange Day

Organisation: UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign

The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign), managed by UN Women, is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world. It calls on governments, civil society, women's organizations, young people, the private sector, the media, and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.

Location: International

Website: www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action

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: www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism

Sun 28 November

(date to be confirmed)

Thank U NICU Day

Organisation: National Event in Australian Neonatal Intensive Care Units

THANK U NICU Day is a national day held each November to thank and acknowledge all Australian NICU and SCN staff and the miracle families they help to create.

Mon 29 November

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Organisation: United Nations

A day for UN member states to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Location: International

Website: www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-people

Tue 30 November

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/observances/chemical-warfare-victims-day

Tue 30 November

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

December 2021

Wed 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


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 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

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/

Thu 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: un.org/en/observances/slavery-abolition-day

Fri 03 December

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)

Sat 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

Sun 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/observances/volunteer-day

Sun 05 December

World Naked Bike Ride

Organisation: World Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike Ride aims to increase awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. It is also a peaceful protest against the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy.

Location: International

Website: wnbrmelbourne.com.au/

Tue 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

Thu 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/observances/anti-corruption-day

Fri 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

Sat 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

Wed 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

Thu 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

Sat 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/observances/migrants-day

Mon 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/observances/human-solidarity-day

Fri 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/

Sat 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 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

Sun 26 December

January 2022

Sat 01 January

01-07 January

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

01-31 January

(date to be confirmed)


Organisation: Viva

Eat delicious, healthy food, save lives and help the environment. Join thousands of people going vegan for the month of January.

Location: International

Website: veganuary.com/