Ante up champions, the weekend is nigh. After another solid seven days flinging new goss around Rafael Nadal’s record-breaking watch collection, the new world’s most powerful luxury SUV and the awe-inspiring first look at Bentley’s new tower, we’re gearing up for a bit of rest and relaxation. Take it from us, there’s nothing quite like easing into Saturday with some good vibes and good tunes, and we can deliver on the former. Here’s Feel-Good Friday for this week.
Young Henry’s Launch ‘Dylan Alfroth Day’
We love beer and inspiring people, so this story takes a firm place in our hearts. Local Sydney legends Young Henrys have announced February 3rd as Dylan Alfroth Day, in commemoration of retiring tennis superstar and recently crowned Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott. In a nod to his work on and off the court, Young Henrys will also be donating a portion of February’s sale proceeds to the Dylan Alcott Foundation, to continue its work for Australian youth living with a disability. To kick off the event, Young Henrys commissioned a mural by Gadigal artist Jeswri (Jessie Wright) in dedication to Dylan which was unveiled at Le Bon Ton, Melbourne.
“I’m extremely thankful for the support from the team at Young Henrys. Dylan Alfroth day will be one to remember and I can’t wait to celebrate Thursday with many Newtowners in hand in my hometown of Melbourne. Cheers guys!” Dylan said.
Head to the Young Henrys website to see how you can contribute to the Dylan Alcott Foundation this February.
Mastercard Restores a Tennis Icon
The Australian Open may have ended, but that’s doing nothing to quash our tennis-themed enthusiasm, and best of all, we’re not alone. After the last year of lockdowns hit the grassroots tennis community hard, Mastercard has teamed up with Australia’s first government-certified carbon-neutral tradie Stuart Griffiths to put a little spring in their step. Together, they’re leading the sustainable restoration of Beaumaris Community Centre Tennis Club in Melbourne.
Aiming to empower local tennis fans to come back together and reconnect through their shared passion this Australian Open season, the restoration puts the onus back on viability and community in a time of need. Even former professional tennis player Alicia Molik was on-hand for the opening, heading down in a surprise visit, teaching the locals some match-winning moves.
Country Road Circularity Project
The circular economy is booming and Country Road is getting on board, launching the Towards Circularity collection with supplier Kashion. The inaugural Towards Circularity collection is made with 30% recycled cotton fibres sourced from Country Road’s own production runs, and includes sweat tops, pants and T-Shirts. The process means leftover Country Road fabrics are used to create new Country Road garments, with the potential to divert 100,000 kilograms of textile waste from landfill per year.
“We are so excited to launch Towards Circularity with Kashion. Throughout the garment production process, valuable fabric is usually lost due to cutting or faults. We’ve worked together to create a more circular process that transforms Country Road off-cuts and factory waste,” Fabia Pryor, Country Road Brand Impact and Community Manager said. “This project is the next step in our journey towards a greater circular
design initiatives across the business.”
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SurFebruary Returns For 2022
Australian Charity, SurFebruary is back in 2022, once again inspiring Australians to ‘Catch a Wave a Day’ to support Cancer Research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Announcing a record goal of raising $1 million, the event encourages all individuals, groups and communities across Australia to “do good while feeling good” by catching a wave or jumping in the water every day throughout February.
What began as a local ‘give back’ initiative by Co-Founder and Cancer Survivor, Jenna-Lea Clark and her husband Arron has expanded into a truly national event, with over $600,000 raised for long-standing charity partner, not-for-profit cancer hospital Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Registrations are still open now, via surfebruary.com, so get on board and get on a board!
Archie Rose Backs the LGBTQI+ Community
Syndye gin legend, Archie Rose Distilling Co. has announced a three-year deal as the Official Gin Partner to Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride 2023. To celebrate the event, which runs from 18 February – 6 March, Archie Rose has created two customised Bottled Cocktails, featuring labels by LGBTQIA+ artist Claudia Chinyere Akole.
The two Bottled Cocktails have been created by Archie Rose Creative Drinks Manager Rocky Hair – including: the “Watermelon Riot”, a watermelon margarita inspired gimlet; and “Espress Yourself” a gin-based espresso martini.
“As a diverse, inclusive Sydney brand and team we’re immensely proud to now be officially able to bring incredible, local gin to Mardi Gras and World Pride 2023 events and venues over the next three years” says Archie Rose head of hospitality, Harriet Leigh. “The Mardi Gras team, for the second year in a row have done an amazing job in adapting the event to suit the current situation so the LGBTQIA+ community can celebrate as they have done every year since 1978. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I personally cannot think of a more wonderful occasion after another tumultuous year, to raise a cocktail together with our colleagues, allies, friends and Sydneysiders.”