Is it too early to start cranking Christmas tunes? We think not. This week, Mariah Carey’s iconic All I Want for Christmas is You has been thrown into the Man of Many playlist, and vibes have never been higher. So grab that office AUX cable and back yourself, legends. Now that you’re in the holiday spirit, go check out all the incredible action going down in a city near you the latest edition of Feel-Good Friday.
Hamish & Andy Gives Fans Chance to be as ‘Rock n Roll’ as Them
Hamish Blake & Andy Lee will be giving fans a chance to own their pre-loved, limited edition True Story Crew Hat & Frank Stallone Tour T-Shirt as part of a charity auction to raise money for the Red Cross. Going live this week, the auction will see a roster of celebrities, including Ash Barty, The Wiggles, Selina Chhaur and Julie Bishop, show their support for the Red Cross, as it prepares to help disaster-hit Australian communities over the summer months. Aussies can head to this link to see what’s on offer and begin their bidding.
As part of fundraising efforts, the Red Cross are also calling on Aussies to donate preloved clothing gathering dust in their wardrobes, and making it easier than ever to do so with Uber. The Red Cross Clothing Drive is taking place on Saturday 19 November, offering free pick-up of pre-loved clothing from your door via Uber Package. Head to the Uber website for more information on how you can get involved.
Airbnb Makes it Easier and Safer than Ever to Host Guests
Airbnb has unveiled its 2022 Summer Release, which will make it easier and safer than ever to become a Host on the platform. Those who are considering becoming a Host for the first time can now benefit from a new set of tools and specialised support, including one-to-one guidance from a Superhost, an experienced guest for your first booking and specialised support from Airbnb.
With trust on Airbnb a key value for the company, they’re also providing even more AirCover for hosts such as tripling damage protection from $1 million to $3 million, expanding identity verification, reservation screening technology and increased protection for cars, boats and other valuables.
And in time for holiday travel, Airbnb has also announced the introduction of six new Categories to the platform, which include Adapted – Homes adapted for wheelchair access, with verified step-free paths into the home, bedroom and bathroom; and Play, Homes with basketball courts, game rooms, miniature golf, water slides and more.
A1 x HoMie Drop to Support Youth Homeless
We’ve plugged the good work of HoMie before, but this time we’re really pumped. The streetwear label with the mission to combat youth homelessness has teamed up with Spotify’s A1 for a new merch drop that delivers designs inspired by rappers from the local hip-hop scene. Emerging Melbourne rappers BABYFACE MAL and MULALO have joined A1 and HoMie for two limited-edition graphic t-shirts that pay homage to their unique backgrounds. Best of all, the profits from each sale will go towards HoMie’s powerful people-first ethos.
“We’re so thrilled to be partnering with epic and emerging local hip hop artists, alongside Spotify’s A1, to create a limited edition run of A1 x HoMie merchandise, ” HoMie’s co-founder and creative director, Marcus Crook said. “With 100% of profits going towards HoMie’s mission of combating youth homelessness, it’s amazing to have A1, BABYFACE MAL and MULALO getting behind our great cause.”
The new merch will be available in-store from November 14 and online now at homie.com.au. According to the brand, 100 per cent of HoMie’s profits go towards achieving its mission in supporting young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
Amazon Launch Blockbuster Stop-Motion Holiday Movie
Amazon Australia has today released a heart-warming stop-motion film with the help of the Amazon Playmakers, ten kids selected by Starlight Children’s Foundation to be the official toy testers for Amazon’s annual Top 100 Toy List. The Playmakers were sent a selection of the top 100 toys to test and review to help Australians with their holiday shopping ahead of the Black Friday sales event, which will feature incredible deals on a huge range of toys.
‘The Playmakers Save the Holidays’ was written and directed by the Playmakers and brought to life by Melbourne-based animator, Clem Stamation. Former Hi-5 children’s TV star Charli Robinson; Aussie entertainment legend Johnny Ruffo; and the Playmakers themselves are the voices behind the characters including a somewhat mischievous Mama guinea pig and a naughty pirate from the TOMY Pop Up Pirate Action Game.
As part of the film release, Amazon Australia will donate an additional $1 to Starlight for each purchase of a toy featured in the Playmaker’s film during this year’s Black Friday sale, up to $45,000, in addition to $55,000 worth of toys, games, crafts and much deserved funds. These funds will allow 1,600 sick kids to enjoy the fun and laughter of Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Room, as well as help grant five much-needed Starlight Wishes.
Ball Up Your Fists and Join the Strike Out Suicide Challenge
The 14-day challenge starting on Monday 5 December 2022 is an annual campaign encouraging participants across Australia to complete daily boxing strikes to save lives, remove the stigma around mental health and inspire others through connection, hope, fitness, and fun.
Participants are invited to throw as many boxing strikes as they can during the two week fundraising period to bring awareness to the growing incidence of suicide; in addition to removing the stigma and educating the public. Funds raised via this year’s Strike Out Suicide challenge will benefit the charity initiatives supported by the Good Blokes Society – helping men to connect, and openly discuss their mental well-being.
A great way to spend the first two weeks of December, the Strike Out Suicide challenge will advance your fitness, improve your mood, reduce stress, and benefit your mental health. Each participant will throw as many boxing strikes as they can daily during the fundraising period – no boxing experience or equipment is needed… and shadow boxing is totally. Accept the challenge and register now at the Strike Out Suicide website.
Kraken Black Spiced Rum Announces Underground Music Event
In celebration of the launch of Kraken Black Mojito, Kraken Black Spiced Rum is bringing the depths of the underground music scene into the light to present Subterranean Summer, a live music showcase on Thursday 1st December. The event will showcase emerging and ground-breaking Aussie artists whose music is challenging stigmas and cultural norms.
Sydney’s hardcore band SPEED are one of the headline acts along with Melbourne’s hip hop duo Posseshot, with support acts including DJ F*KH*D, Mulalo, Histamine and Ptwiggs. The line-up features Australia’s rising countercultural talent and will be the first time the artists will perform on the same stage.
Subterranean Summer is being held at the Inner-West institution, The Great Club in Marrickville, with tickets including a free trial of the new Kraken premix Black Mojito throughout the evening. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Support Act, whose mission is to deliver crisis relief services to musicians, managers, crew and music workers across all genres who are unable to work due to health, injury or crisis. Unfortunately, tickets all tickets have just sold out. However, Kraken has launched a giveaway on their socials for the chance to get your hands on the last tickets.
The Biggest Festival of Pre-Loved Stuff is Heading to Australia
Get ready to uncover vintage gems ready for a second life at Australia’s biggest festival of pre-loved stuff, running this weekend from 19-20 November. Second-hand shopping is no longer about rummaging around charity shops – and through fun and progressive initiatives such as Garage Sale Trail it’s easier than ever to resell remorse buys, preloved designer items and turn stash into cash.