Feel-Good Friday: 8 December 2023 – Skin Checks and a Summer Flex
Oh baby, we’re riding high on this Feel-Good Friday. And why’s that, you ask? Well, it’s the Man of Many Christmas party, and the crew is preparing for an extra saucy start to the weekend. Don’t be jealous; there’s also a plethora of vibes hitting your city this weekend, so take a look below and get the party started.
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Venroy Launches Fresh Flagship Store in Bondi
The new Venroy Bondi flagship resides within Bondi Beach Post Office on Hall Street, embodying Venroy’s iconic lifestyle collections. Minimalist in design with clean lines and geometric shapes, the store references Capri’s essence, akin to founder Sean Venturi’s inspirations. Partnering with Sarah l’Anson Design Office, the interior reflects Casa Malaparte’s rationalist principles using enduring materials like limestone and cedar.
This corner destination, founded on elevating leisurewear and inspired by beloved places, invites immersion. Its tactile walls, limestone flooring, bespoke furniture, and refined design accents complement Venroy’s seasonal collections. The Bondi flagship marks a complete brand expression, celebrating travel, escapism, and the Australian summer. Head on down to 20 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, and give your summer wardrobe an upgrade.
Budjerah’s Reimagines Heartwarming Xmas Song with Starlight Children’s Foundation
Australian ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter and Coodjinburra artist Budjerah has partnered with Amazon Australia to reimagine the holiday classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), starring kids from the Starlight Children’s Foundation – the Amazon Playmakers, alongside much-loved and long-time committed campaign ambassador, the late Johnny Ruffo.
Now in its 5th year, the Amazon ‘Playmakers’ are selected from across Australia to live their dreams of being in a music video, using toys from Amazon’s recently revealed Top 100 Holiday Toy List. Among those selected are 5-year-old Zach, battling Leukaemia, and 11-year-old Abby, born with a heart defect; both of whom find moments in joy playing with their favourite toys.
As part of the release of the music video, for every view of the music video across Amazon Australia’s channels over the holiday period, Amazon Australia will donate $1 to Starlight up to $100,000.
Mad Mex Announce Giveaway of 500,000 FREE Mexicali Mince Tacos
From today, Friday 8th December, Mad Mex will be giving away 500,000 FREE Mexicali Mince Tacos to celebrate its plant-based menu and let vegans know it’s got their backs thanks to its menu which offers both vegetarian and plant-based vegan protein options. But vegan foodies will need to be quick as the freebie will be available for a limited time and for one week only! Customers can order in-store as a Mad Mex loyalty member or via the Mad Mex app.
Petition to Save Aussies from Skin Cancer Gains Momentum
A country with a skin cancer rate 12 times higher than the global average ought to have a comprehensive national early detection program in place. Sadly, this isn’t the reality. Every six hours, one Australian loses their life to this relentless disease, despite millions spent on preventive campaigns. Shockingly, emergency departments have seen a 30% surge in sunburn cases. There’s hope in a petition by Skin Check Champions, a nonprofit seeking support for a national skin check initiative. Time is running out, with the petition closing on December 13th. This organization, spurred by the loss of a friend to melanoma, has provided 10,000+ free skin checks across Australia, detecting thousands of cancers.
Their innovative ‘Project Check Mate,’ incorporating AI in screenings, has shown promise, aiming to revolutionise early detection. The charity’s goal is to convince the government to invest in this efficient model, particularly in remote areas lacking healthcare access. Scott Maggs, the Founder & CEO, emphasises the urgency, noting that 2 in 3 Aussies face potential skin cancer risks. They encourage affected individuals to share their stories on social media using #SkinCheckChampions alongside the petition link. Celebrities like Deborah Hutton have joined the cause, stressing the importance of government support for this critical initiative.
Signing the petition is free, takes 20 seconds and it could literally save lives.
ALDI Set to Open Its First Aussie Pop-Up Pub
ALDI is today announcing that it is kicking off the silly season by opening a pop-up pub that will be slinging the new ‘ALD IPA’ beer for just $3.25 a can – giving punters the most affordable night out you’ll find over the holiday break. Open for one night only on Wednesday, 13 December (3pm-7pm), Special Brews by ALDI is set to be the most affordable night out in Sydney, slinging cold tinnies of the new ALD IPA along with gourmet chippies and exclusive merch to complete the urban pub vibes. The pub located at Hotel Sweeney’s will give thirsty Sydneysiders the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive taste of the new beer, which was brewed in partnership with BrewDog, before it hits shelves on Wednesday 20 December.
ANZUP’s Rude Food Cookbook Invites Innuendos Into the Kitchen to Raise Funds for Cancer
The Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group – ANZUP – has today launched the presale of its Rude Food Cookbook, inviting those innuendos and tongue-in-cheek recipes into the kitchen to encourage conversation about ‘below the belt’ cancers AND to raise vital funds for clinical trials research.
With cheeky dishes such as Cock Em Bouche and Spotted Dick, the book contains a collection of recipes with contributors including celebrity chefs Manu Fieldel and Ainsley Harriot, alongside comedians Michael Shafar and Nick Capper and even New Zealand’s Viva La Dirt League. Despite the serious nature of what the book is raising funds for, there’s plenty to chuckle about and some fun to have.
The presale of the book starts today with copies of the book being sent by Valentine’s Day 2024. All proceeds raised will go directly to ANZUP’s clinical trials and research into testicular, penile, prostate, kidney and bladder cancers.
Mrs Universe Australia Director Stands Down for New Diverse Pageant
Sydney’s real estate figure and Mrs Universe Australia national director, Marites Novis, unveiled her highly anticipated Miss & Mrs U Australia pageant during the packed Passion & Fashion 2023 event in Sydney. This initiative, emphasising diversity and inclusivity, marked Novis stepping down from her role as Mrs Universe Australia director to concentrate solely on the new pageant. The Miss & Mrs U Pageant spotlights the unique strengths of females across various age groups, serving as a platform to celebrate their diversity and beauty.
Novis highlighted its purpose while Serena Peralta, Chloe Lofthouse, and Ysabella Beatrice Alfonso secured titles at the gala, graced by designer Michael Leyva’s showcase and performances by David Pomeranz. Notably, Ara Mina, Janine Tugonon, and international actress Ara Mina lent glamour to the judging panel. Novis is now urging females of all ages to register for the 2024 edition, introducing new categories and an agency, MFN Talent Management, aimed at nurturing talent in modelling and show business. This comprehensive approach seeks to empower candidates with opportunities, training, and support to flourish in the industry.
Get Ready for a Hot Grill’d Summer
Grill’d, the beloved Aussie healthy burger joint, is rolling out an irresistible summer menu set to spice up your taste buds. Get ready for a sizzle with their new Lamb Bam Basil Burger featuring top-quality, sustainably sourced lamb from Gundagai, NSW. Indulge in the Wagyu Wunder burgers, flaunting tender, flavorful patties sourced from 100% Australian pasture-raised beef. Feeling fancy? Treat yourself to the swanky Healthy Fried Chicken Truffle Burger, oozing luxury with truffle mayo. Dive into summer with their lush new salads—the Burger Bowl and Mexi Bowl—packed with wholesome ingredients. Plus, snag unbeatable deals like $10 Wagyu and Lamb Burgers and 1⁄2 Priced Drinks (excluding wine bottles and Corona buckets).
Jack Daniel’s Room No. 7 Opens at Crown Melbourne
There’s an exciting new opening at Crown Melbourne, Jack Daniel’s Room No. 7, bringing the iconic whiskey brand to life with an iconic bar experience. Exclusive to Crown Melbourne, the all-new Jack Daniel’s Room No.7 will be open for a limited time and is a bar is unlike any other, with live blues music every night, paired alongside great drinks and classic menu items including wings, sliders, and brisket.
The venue has been brought to life with iconic theming tying back to Jack Daniel’s roots, including barrels, Jack Daniel’s memorabilia, and pinball and foosball tables. Jack Daniel’s Room No. 7 is open at Crown Melbourne each Friday and Saturday, 5pm until late.