Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket. Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer.
In addition, pulses are leguminous plants that have nitrogen-fixing properties which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is an opportunity to celebrate the power of partnerships between grassroot community groups and their philanthropic supporters, irrespective of whether they are giving their time, treasure or talent. It is supported through the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership. This year Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will be held between 5 to 11 December. Why not join in the fun and showcase the great work that is happening in your local community.
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.
Tara Day (Buddhist)
The eighth of every month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.
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
December 12th is Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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