We’ve barely cracked into December, and Christmas miracles are flooding in thick and fast. The Socceroos have advanced into the Round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and only yesterday Steve Smith notched a double hundred at the WACA. How bloody good! However, we aren’t stopping there. This week’s Feel-Good Friday comes packed with positivity to keep those all-important vibes high over the weekend.
Lo Bros Partners with Richies and Drakes to Tackle Ocean Waste
A new Lo Bros drink has landed and for every (zero sugar) fizzy can you sink under the summer sun, two plastic bottles will be cleaned up from our oceans. Every year, up to 34 billion plastic bottles enter the ocean, and plastic bottles are the No.1 most-found item by weight in beach cleanups. This is why kombucha kings Lo Bros has launched a new range of drinks – Not Soda – in hundreds of stores across the country with a mission to clean our oceans.
Lo Bros Not Soda is the first and only drinks range to promise for every drink sold, they’ll remove two plastic bottles from the ocean in partnership with leading marine waste removal not-for-profit, Seven Clean Seas. Supermarket retailers Drakes and Ritchies IGA are backing the new range with a first-time pledge: to clean up 2 million plastic bottles of ocean waste.
Lo Bros Not Soda is a refreshing, fizzy soda with a mission to free our oceans from plastic. It is available in four crowd-favourite flavours: Raspberry, Lemon, Orange, and Pink Grapefruit. All are zero sugar and naturally sweetened. Available in Ritchies, Drakes and Independent supermarkets across Australia.
The Iconic Strengthens its Commitment to First Nations Fashion
This week THE ICONIC, in partnership with First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), will be announcing the launch of THE ICONIC X FNFD Incubator program for First Nations designers. The co-designed program has been developed with a community-first approach, addressing the unique challenges faced by First Nations designers in the mainstream retail ecosystem, such as establishing culturally sensitive and sustainable ways to scale. Underpinned by THE ICONIC’s industry position and First Nations expertise and perspective provided by FNFD, ultimately, the program aims to create commercially viable and sustainable business models.
The 2023 program will see three First Nations creatives offered real-world learning opportunities over eight months commencing in April next year. Expressions of Interest open on Thursday 1st December, following which, a selection panel of industry experts and First Nations leaders will choose the three creatives to partake in the program. To submit your application, please click here.
Everyday Aussies Go to Bat for Australian Owned
Australian-owned businesses called for the help of eleven key decision-makers, who
had all publicly expressed their endorsement for supporting Australian businesses, to go to bat in the ‘Unfairest Cricket Match’ that’s ever been played. But with eleven no-shows, it was everyday Aussies that had to step up. With these influential figures noticeably absent, Glenn McGrath, Captain of the ‘Australian Owned’ team, had to enlist the help of everyday Aussies at Kensington Oval, NSW, yesterday to build the ‘Australian Owned’ team to face off against the ‘The Rest of the World’ team.
The ‘Unfairest Cricket Match’ saw the ‘Australian Owned’ team face disadvantages similar in scale to the ones they face in supermarkets, unfair decisions like poor shelf position and distribution were brought to life with tiny cricket bats, six-foot-tall stumps and an unfair umpire that had no problem looking the other way. After a gruelling and unfair match, the ‘Rest of the World’ team beat the ‘Australian Owned’ team by a total of nine wickets. The result was echoed with disappointment from spectators who were outraged that the ‘win’ was achieved using unjust disadvantages against the Aussie Owned team.
Australian Owned and its members are calling for Aussies to help level the playing field off the cricket pitch, as current estimations have revealed that only 15 percent of supermarket trolleys contain Aussie-owned products. Australians across the nation are invited to sign a petition to give Australian-owned businesses a fair go in our supermarkets. This petition stipulates that food and grocery retailers must provide preferential shelf space allocation highlighting Australian-owned brands in each product category.
Louis Vuitton Cultivates Creative Talent Through Watchmaking Initiative
Louis Vuitton has launched a philanthropic and independent initiative to foster watchmaking innovations and creative talent, and reward the best idea. Organized by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, the prize has one mission: support and encourage independent watchmakers’ creative talent through a special prize award and mentorship.
The competition is open to all independent watch designers, entrepreneurs and recent graduates from all around the world, driven by a passion to innovate and willing to explore beyond the current boundaries of watchmaking while respecting the nobility of a traditional savoir-faire.
Drawing on its experience, Louis Vuitton has convened a committee of experts who share the watchmaking’s passion for innovation and creativity. The committee includes specialized journalists and experts, industry members, artisans, artists and collectors. They will vote for the winner. They will review the applications of the independent watchmakers that will apply to the prize and will decide who has the best idea both for design and for technical craftmanship.
This initiative is not only set to reward the best idea through a cash prize but is also set to provide that watchmaker with a mentorship program at LFT or with a member of the committee of experts should she/he wish.
Michael Hill Serves Up Serious Sparkle with $100,000 Tennis Diamond Bracelet Giveaway
Michael Hill, is launching its biggest diamond jewellery giveaway yet with a ‘12 Days of
Diamonds’ promotion set to add some serious sparkle from November 29th – December 11th 2022. A $100,000 diamond prize pool is on offer for 36 lucky customers across the 12 days (from November 30th – December 11th 2022) just in time for Christmas. Customers purchasing at Michael Hill stores across Australia, New Zealand and Canada within the promotion period will have the chance to win one of the hottest items this season, a 2-carat diamond tennis bracelet, each day, across the ‘12 Days of Diamonds’ promotion.
Guide Dogs Urges Victorians to Give the Ultimate Gift this Christmas
This festive season, Guide Dogs are calling on Victorians to give the ultimate Christmas gift to those living with low vision and blindness by signing up to become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser. Currently, Guide Dogs are looking for up to 20 volunteers across areas such as Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong to help care for the labra-dorable pups, nurturing their development ahead of their formal Guide Dog training.
Over twelve months, Volunteer Puppy Raisers not only get to experience the joy of watching the pups grow and thrive through their training (all with full support from Guide Dogs Victoria) but know they’re playing a critical role in transforming the young pups into trainee Guide Dogs—who will one day provide essential independence and freedom to people who are blind or have low vision.
It takes over two years and costs $50,000 to raise breed, raise and train each Guide Dog. Like all the organisation’s services, Guide Dogs are provided at no cost to those who need them. You can find out more, and apply to become a Puppy Raiser by visiting the Guide Dogs website.
Minties Celebrates its 100th Birthday with Wrapper-Ripping Challenge
This month, Minties celebrates its 100th birthday! More than just a lolly, the Minties brand is embedded into Australia’s history through its memorable catchphrase ‘It’s Moments Like These You Need Minties’.To celebrate its birthday, the Minties team is inviting fans to join the party on the hunt for Australia’s longest hand-torn wrapper to crown a wrapper-ripping champion.
The Minties wrapper challenge has long been an Aussie favourite pastime – enjoyed during road trips or as a nostalgic party game. Allen’s team is inviting lolly-lovers to the challenge, with the top 10 tearers winning* their very own personalised Allen’s lolly jar, filled with Minties.
To enter on Facebook, head to the competition post on the Allen’s Lollies page. In the comments, post a photo or video of your hand-torn Minties wrapper next to a measuring tape or ruler to prove its length, tell us about the time you had a Minties ‘Moments Like These’ moment and tag #minties100 and @allens.
Flash Mob Celebrates the Synergies of Technology and Art
To celebrate the partnership renewal, LG SIGNATURE and Sydney Dance Company today surprised Sydneysiders with a flash mob to demonstrate contemporary dance as an artform and highlight that dance can emerge from anywhere. During the morning commute on the Sydney Light Rail CBD line to Circular Quay, members of the Sydney Dance Company Classes community will emerge at the iconic Sydney location to treat commuters to a dance performance in the most unlikely of places.
In a bid to actively inspire, move and engage Australians with unique experiences, LG SIGNATURE are inviting consumers to learn more about the partnership and register their details via the website for an opportunity to win premium LG products. As a reflection of the brand’s core philosophy around demonstrating joyous experiences through art, creativity and connection, the coming months will see LG SIGNATURE deepen its work with Sydney Dance Company towards their core purpose of continuing to be Australia’s leading contemporary dance organisation, evolving contemporary dance as an artform; and enabling more people to benefit from watching and participating in it.