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1 January - 31 December
Today

Year of Lifelong Learning #YOLL2018

Adult Learning Australia

Join with us in celebrating 2018 as the year of lifelong learning! #YOLL2018

Celebrate the power of people continuing to learn throughout their lives. We know from research both in Australia and internationally that when people take an active approach to learning in their adult years they develop the skills, confidence and courage to live independently, find new work and to shine at new skills. Taking time for learning as an adult is the key to a healthy and active life, to staying connected in communities, as well as to finding new or better work - it's a lifechanger!

We are encouraging communities to put a focus on adult learning as a lifelong activity throughout 2018. To coincide with this we are calling on the Australian government to adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning as an essential feature of an inclusive, healthy, equitable and sustainable future for Australia.

National

info@ala.asn.au
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2019
Today

Mercy May

Mercy Ships Australia
This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.

18 May 2018 - 18 May 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Vesak - Festival of Light

The Great Stupa Bendigo
Millions of Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognised United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

14 November - 31 December
(date to be confirmed)

Dinesmart

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.
National

17 November - 9 December
Today

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.
National

19 November 2018 - 5 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Road Ribbon for Road Safety

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.

25 November - 10 December

16 days of activism against gender violence

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.
International

1-31 December

No Gender December

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

1-31 December

Decembeard Australia

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.

1-31 December

Decembeard

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.
National

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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.
International

1800 440 385 (TTY users please phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385)
5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

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.
International

7 December

International Civil Aviation Day

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.
International
9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day

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

10 December

Human Rights Day

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.
International
10-23 December
(date to be confirmed)

UnitingCare Christmas Appeal

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.
National

11 December

International Mountain Day

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
International

12 December

Poinsettia Day

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.
International

15 December

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.
National

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.
International
18 December

International Migrants Day

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.
International

20 December

International Human Solidarity Day

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.
International

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.
International

25 December

Christmas Day

The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.
International

25 December
(date to be confirmed)

The 12 Do's of Christmas

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.
National

1300 733 712
26 December

Boxing Day

1 January 2019

New Year's Day

1-7 January 2019

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.

1-31 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Veganuary

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

8 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

No Pants Subway/Metro Ride

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.
International

12 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Kiss a Ginger Day

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

12 January 2019

International Earth Chakra Day

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.
International

0424 251 455
14 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Undies Run for Bowel Cancer

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.
SA

14-20 January 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Aboriginal Cultural Showcase

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Australia's largest gathering of Indigenous country musicians are gearing up to take Tamworth by storm at the fifth Annual Cultural Showcase.

Held as part of the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Annual Cultural Showcase brings together some of the best and brightest Indigenous musicians this side of the Black Stump.

NSW

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