Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s weekend time! If an epic Cool Runnings reference doesn’t fill you with positive vibes, then Feel-Good Friday will do the trick. So tighten your bobsled belt (do they wear belts?) and prepare to immerse yourself in the best food, fashion and events worth exploring over the break.
Indigenous Artists Create Playable Fender Art for First Nations Organisation
For the second year in a row, Dan Sultan, Children’s Ground and Fender Music Australia are partnering to raise funds and awareness. The project is kicking off in NAIDOC Week, an event to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Benefits from the 2022 auction for two one-of-a-kind pieces of art on Fender® American Acoustasonic® Stratocaster® & Jazzmaster® guitars will help further the development of the Arrernte music program at Children’s Ground in Mpartnwe/Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory (NT).
In 2021, the Fender guitar art pieces created by Aboriginal artists Otis Carey and Niah McLeod raised $20,000, all of which was donated to the music program. This year’s artists include Kiya Watt, an artist and advocate from Noongar Country in Western Australia and Kirli Saunders, New South Wales Aboriginal Woman of the Year in 2020 who was recently awarded an OAM for her incredible range of work. The auction will be live from 12 noon today (Wednesday, July 6 2022) and will close at 12 noon, Sunday, July 24. Bid on the guitars via Air Auctioneer with all proceeds going towards Children’s Ground and its NT music program.
UNIQLO Launches ‘JOIN: THE POWER OF CLOTHING’ Campaign
Introduced to encourage UNIQLO customers to be part of the environmental sustainability activities that the global retailer undertakes, the program aims to raise awareness of global issues such as ocean pollution. With the help of global sustainability ambassador, Doraemon, UNIQLO will undertake several activities to support the campaign such as:
- Release a range made with 100% recycled fibres (plush toys, pocketable bags, T-shirts), featuring designs with Doraemon Sustainability Mode
- Launch a special website where visitors can learn about environmental issues and take action
- Donate up to US$1 million (approximately 130 million yen) to the Nippon Foundation to support activities that reduce ocean waste
- From 15th through to 17th July, offer customers at all UNIQLO stores in Australia to participate in a Sustainability Quiz
Head to the UNIQLO website to explore the range and learn more about The Power of Clothing campaign.
World First Running Event ‘Run4Reef’ Hits Australian Shores
This October, the world’s first simultaneous running event – run4reef – aims to change the outlook of the Great Barrier Reef once and for all. This very first run4reef will span 21 cities across Australia and New Zealand, bringing 100,000 runners together with a single mission of running as one to save the Great Barrier Reef. The events will leverage world-leading technology to unite thousands of runners at once, seeing Australia and New Zealand home to a world first. Each location will include 1, 5 and 10km fun runs, along with a special elite-running 10km running event. From 8th July onwards, Australians and New Zealanders are invited to join the movement by signing up for an event nearby via run4reef.org
Willie the Boatman x Brix Distillers Set Sail for Epic Pirate Party
Ahoy Me Hearties! A pirate party is sailing into Sydney’s Inner West this weekend for a swashbuckling celebration of rum, tunes, and treasure galore! Local craft brewery, Willie the Boatman has teamed up with the Surry Hills scallywags of Brix Craft Rum Distillery to deliver a Pirate Party of epic proportions. From 2 pm – 7 pm this Sunday, July 10, enjoy Spiced Rum & Mulled Wine from Brix Distillery, alongside crackin’ tunes from country and blues duo, Sweet Jelly Rolls. You’ll also find Pirate Piñatas for the kids, prizes on offer for best dressed and plenty of food, to satisfy even the hangriest shipmates. And as always, dogs are always welcome. If ye only attend one pirate party this year (or ever) make sure it’s this Sunday at Willie the Boatman in St Peters.
adidas Partner with Indigenous Football Australia to Support Indigenous Children in Sport
Kicking off this NAIDOC week, adidas announced their partnership with Indigenous Football Australia which oversees the strategy and expansion of Australia’s most successful and longest-running Indigenous football initiative, John Moriarty Football. This new partnership between the global sport giant and IFA will work to unlock the potential of Indigenous children in remote regional communities throughout NSW, NT and QLD by sponsoring JMF scholarships and providing high-quality equipment, boots and custom uniforms designed by Australia’s foremost Indigenous design studio, Balarinji.
JMF Co-Founder, Co-Chair and the first Indigenous footballer to be selected for Australia, Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM, said, “This is a historic moment for Indigenous football in Australia. This support from global brand adidas will help create sustainable social change and provide pathways to improved physical and mental health, wellbeing, education and community engagement for Indigenous girls and boys, families and communities.”
Inaugural REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival Announce November Dates
Announcing its debut with a bang comes the inaugural REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival, celebrating the unique and diverse food, beverage, music, art and culture of the Northern Rivers from Thursday, 10th November to Sunday, 13th November. From morning through to the evening, the festival will take over an array of local restaurants, businesses, and iconic Byron Bay and Northern Rivers locations. Across the four days the public can expect a dynamic series of events, long lunches, twilight soirees, public art installations, performances, health and wellness classes, a produce market, tours, panel discussions, workshops and more. For further information and ticket sign-ups, please visit the REVEL website.
Deliveroo’s Fried Chicken Frenzy Serves Up Tasty Discounts
Deliveroo is spicing things up with its FIRST EVER Fried Chicken Frenzy – a week-long celebration of all things fried chicken! Until July 10, Aussies can enjoy 25% off the entire menu from nearly 500 participating restaurants nationwide exclusively via the platform – including Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster, Huxtaburger, Belle’s Hot Chicken, & Big Mumma’s Fried Chicken – just to name a few! What’s more for a limited time only for Sydney and Melbourne customers, orders will receive a free mini bottle of Tabasco hot sauce, so you can add a spicy sidekick to your crispy chicken – available at select NSW and VIC restaurants!