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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


* Social Inclusion WeekSocial Inclusion Week


Social Inclusion Week
23 Nov - 1 Dec
National

Created by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Social Inclusion Week aims to help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It’s about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves.


* World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day


World AIDS Day
1 December

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


* Abolition of SlaveryAbolition of Slavery


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949). The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


* People With DisabilityPeople With Disability


International Day of People with Disability
3 December

This year is the 20th anniversary of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. IDPwD brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations, and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Volunteer DayVolunteer Day


International Volunteer Day
5 December
International

International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development and working to achieve the MDGs.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* Bhodi DayBhodi Day


Bhodi Day
8 December
International

Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment. Bodhi Day is observed in many mainstream traditions including the traditional Zen and Pureland Buddhist schools of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Services and traditions vary amongst Buddhist sects, but all such services commemorate the Buddha's achievement of Nirvana, and what this means for Buddhism today. Individuals may choose to commemorate the event through additional meditation, study of the Dharma, chanting of Buddhist texts (sutras), or performing kind acts towards other beings. Some Buddhists celebrate with a traditional meal of tea, cake, and readings


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Give Now WeekGive Now Week


Give Now Week
1-8 December
National

The aim of this annual event is to focus attention on the many ways that individuals, families, businesses, and groups can make a difference to the community in the lead-up to Christmas. It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community – not just during the Christmas period but all year long as well.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day


International Human Rights Day
10 December
VENUE

This date commemorates the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. Events focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are held worldwide on and around December 10. Many events aim to educate people, especially children and teenagers, on their human rights and the importance of upholding these in their own communities and further afield.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Article 19:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* International Mountain DayInternational Mountain Day


International Mountain Day
11 December
International

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


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Migrants DayMigrants Day


International Migrants Day
18 December
International

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.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Human Solidarity DayHuman Solidarity Day


International Human Solidarity Day
20 December
International

The UN General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century, and in that regard decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day. The UN also established the World Solidarity Fund, which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


22
* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* Buy Nothing ChristmasBuy Nothing Christmas


Buy Nothing Christmas
1-4 December
International

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. Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.


* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* HanukkahHanukkah


Hanukkah
16-24 December
International

Hanukkah (alternatively Chanukah or Chanukkah) is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication and occurs on different dates each year. It an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for practical use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves for purposes other than publicizing and meditating upon Hanukkah is forbidden.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Christmas DayChristmas Day


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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


* 12 "Do"s of Christmas12 "Do"s of Christmas


The 12 'Do's of Christmas
1-26 December
National

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. Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.


* Boxing DayBoxing Day


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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


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* DecembeardDecembeard


Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


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Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


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Decembeard
1-31 December
National

Now in its second year down under, December is Decembeard™ for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard™ encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer. Launched in 2012 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds. One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of manly facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. So come on Australia, let’s get behind Decembeard™ this December.


 
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