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Feel-Good Friday: February 10 – The Scoop


Ladies and Gentlemen, put down your remotes and step away from the fridge because it’s time to live a little. The weekends are meant to be spent letting loose, having a blast, and maybe even doing a little good in the world. But let’s be honest, why settle for a boring break at home when you can turn it up to 11 at some of the most epic events in town? Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a humanitarian, or just a big kid at heart, this week’s Feel-Good Friday has got you covered.

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Skyscanner | Image: Skyscanner

Skyscanner to Foot the Bill for One Lucky Aussie’s Travels

Skyscanner is on the search for the Ultimate Travel Hacker with the launch of its latest competition, seeking one lucky Aussie to put viral travel hacks to the test in the name of helping travellers around the world. Testing packing tricks, booking tips and destination detective work will all be undertaken by the winner of the “Ultimate Travel Hacker” competition, which will see one lucky winner given funds to explore the world and report their experiences in 2023.  To apply, simply choose to Duet Skyscanner’s video on TikTok or Remix it on Instagram with your best travel-hack.

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Holding on to Hope | Image: Lifeline Australia

Lifeline Australia Spreads Hope Through New Podcast Series

Today, Lifeline Australia is launching the second season of its acclaimed Holding On To Hope podcast. The eight-episode series explores how Australians can come together as a community to provide support for themselves and each other and kick-off meaningful conversations around mental health.

Lifeline CEO Colin Seery said that each episode features inspirational stories from people who have experienced mental illness and details in their own words how they continue to overcome challenges through strength, courage and hope.

“Holding on to Hope is all about giving the listener an authentic insight into the lived experience of suicidality. Through first-person storytelling, the podcast provides encouragement and support to those looking to find hope,” said Mr Seery.

Episodes will be released fortnightly and each one is designed to help people improve understanding of mental health and learn techniques including self-care, building resilience, and taking the first steps towards asking for help.

In the coming weeks, episodes will feature powerful interviews with individuals including former AFL star Tom Boyd and suicide survivor Matt Caruana as well as Crisis Supporter Nicole and Anwyn, who reflects on the 10-year anniversary of the attempt to take her life.

You can subscribe to the podcast via your preferred app here.

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Drumstick Clean Up Our Summer | Image: Supplied

Grab a Free Drumstick in Exchange for your Rubbish at Iconic Sydney Beaches

Hot summer days call for ice-cream trucks by our favourite summer beaches. This year, Drumstick is putting an eco-twin on this classic summery memory by touring around popular Sydney beaches with the Drumstick Clean Up Our Summer truck. Help Drumstick clean up our summer and receive a free ice-cream for your effort by exchanging one piece of rubbish to redeem your free Drumstick.

Locations and Dates:

  • Thursday 9th February 2023 – Robertsons Park, Watsons Bay Beach
  • Friday 10th & Saturday 11th February 2023 – North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club forecourt
  • Sunday 12th February 2023 – Manly Wharf, Manly Cove Beach

To celebrate 60 years of iconic summer moments, Peter’s Drumstick has partnered with leading charity Clean Up Australia with the aim to help protect these summer moments in our beautiful Australian landscape for the next 60 years and beyond.

Merivale hosting Pride festival
Merivale’s Festival Of Pride | Image: Supplied

Merivale is Party Central for Sydney WorldPride 2023

To honour Sydney WorldPride 2023, Merivale is hosting a festival of parties and events, in partnership with Absolut, to celebrate love, diversity and community. From 17 February to 5 March, Merivale will host over 40 celebrations including drag brunches, iconic lunches, dog shows and rooftop parties, plus Merivale’s inaugural Pride Plane experience.

Justin Hemmes, Merivale Chief Executive Officer, said “Mardi Gras ignites and unites Sydney in festivity, colour and community spirit; it’s an integral part of our city’s culture and identity.”

“We’re incredibly thrilled at the opportunity for our beautiful harbour city to host WorldPride in 2023. Sydney is without doubt the most wonderful backdrop for this enormously exciting and inclusive festival. To celebrate, we’ve gone all out with a line-up of 40+ events; it’s going to be a hugely fun and special few weeks!”, Hemmes said.

For all event information and tickets, visit the Merivale website.

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Great Aussie Hike | Image: Supplied

Aussies Take a Hike for Mental Health

As Australia continues to re-open post pandemic, Australians of various ages and fitness levels are flocking to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula to support Great Aussie Hike in the name of fun and showing support for one another, both mentally and physically. The registrations are currently open on Great Aussie Hike website and the annual event will take place from 24-25 March 2023.

Great Aussie Hike has selected Lifeline Australia as their beneficiary in recognition of the important role community and team work plays in supporting mental and physical wellbeing and the vital role of connections. Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Participants can opt to tackle the 30km, 43km, 57km or 100km course as a registered team. There is also a unique ‘Share the Distance’ option where you can choose to either take on the entire course or swap sections with your teammates, embracing the spirit of mates looking after each other.

To register, please visit the Great Aussie Hike website.

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TikTok x Sydney WorldPride ‘Pride in Full Colour’ | Image: @ianz95 Instagram

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TikTok Announces Partnership with Sydney WorldPride

This year, TikTok is marching to the theme ‘Pride In Full Colour’ and to celebrate every side of pride, the platform will be hosting special livestreams giving people around the world a behind-the-scenes look into the Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert and beyond.

TikTok is also excited to announce the Sydney WorldPride Ambassadors hailing from all corners of the globe they will be sharing their POV of the celebrations on the platform. To keep the good times rolling, the community can also tune in via the #ForYourPride Hub for a collection of videos and LGBTQIA+ creators to follow.

For further information on the festivities, please see the newsroom post.

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Feel-Good Friday: February 3 – Rainbow Road
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