Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Reveals Stellar Line Up for 2017

Australia’s most coveted lifestyle event, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, will hit the shores of Hamilton Island from August 19 to 26, 2017. And I’ve been very kindly invited up there for a a few days next weekend to give you a peek at all the action.

After devastating Cyclone Debbie hit the island, it has gone to great lengths and effort to get back to business as usual.

Hamilton Island will be transformed into a hub of activity, playing host to Australia’s most competitive sailing competition and an exceptional line-up of social events to celebrate the best of the Australian lifestyle.

Now in its 33rd year, the iconic event is renowned for bringing together professional and amateur sailors, families, foodies, celebrities and style leaders for a hectic week full of incredible events and festivities, against the picturesque backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef.

The 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is an extremely important milestone for Hamilton Island following on from Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier in the year. The event will bring together locals and visitors to celebrate the island’s resilience and revival.

Hamilton Island’s CEO, Olympic and world champion sailor, Glenn Bourke, said that the support for this year’s event will be seen as a huge ‘thank you’ to the island’s 1200 staff.

“One of our first priorities after we emerged into the outside world and saw the carnage the cyclone had wreaked with its 260kph winds was to establish goals,” Bourke said, “and one of the highest on the list was for us to be ready for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”

“Within days of the cyclone we had our 1200 staff and 300 contractors from the mainland combining their energies and initiating the recovery process. It goes without saying that our wonderful staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything possible is in readiness for Race Week. I’m sure the sailors and Race Week visitors will appreciate their efforts as much as the island’s owners, the Oatley family, and I do. At the same time I want to thank everyone visiting us for Race Week for their wonderful support.”

Premium automotive brand, Audi, returns this year as principal partner of the event for the 12th year running. In addition to creating exceptional experiences for customers and investors on Hamilton Island, the company in collaboration with Hamilton Island, will host several of its diverse portfolio of ambassadors including Race Week veterans, Collette Dinnigan, Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong, Shannon Bennett and Guillaume Brahimi.

“We are extremely proud to play a role in bringing this progressive and very premium event to Australian audiences,” said Paul Sansom, Audi Australia’s Managing Director.

“The combination of competitive yacht-racing, inclusive onshore activities and exclusive social events makes AHIRW one of Australia’s best lifestyle events. It’s my first year at the helm of Audi Australia and this event is a standout within the Audi world. The success of this year’s event is down to the dedication and hard work of the Hamilton Island staff – and the best way to show our appreciation in the face of recent adversity is to ensure it’s the best year yet!”

To date, over 200 boat entries have been registered to compete and this number is set to soar with predictions of even reaching the previous record fleet of 240 entries in 2016. While the racing takes place, on shore, there will be an exciting line-up of activities that are open to the general public along with ticketed and VIP events.

Hamilton Island will be working with Beard Season’s Jimmy Niggles and QIDERM to offer free skin checks to sailors throughout the event – a first for Race Week. Paspaley will return this year with their exclusive pop up boutique at the Yacht Club and Audi will offer a unique off road driving experience on island in the all-new Audi Q5 SUV, as well as complimentary transfers around the island in its fleet of brand new Q5 vehicles.

The full schedule of 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week activities can be viewed at

Source: Hamilton Island Race Week

Range Rover Velar Celebrating the Art of 'Reductionism'

Land Rover Australia has revealed the new Range Rover Velar at a private event in Mosman.

An intimate group of VIPs gathered at the Balmoral Residence, an extraordinary home which shares its ‘reductionist’ design ethos with the Range Rover Velar.

Guests included Land Rover ambassadors Charlotte Caslick, Phil Waugh and James Viles, international model Jessica Kahawaty, musician Sam Margin as well as Kelvin Ho, Nick Tobias, Jordan and Zac Stenmark, Tom Farrelly, Sara Donaldson, Natarsha Belling and Tom Derickx.

The Range Rover Velar is the fourth member of the Range Rover family, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It is the avant garde Range Rover; a car that celebrates reductionism, stripping away complexity to reveal pure innovation and simplicity.

Source: Range Rover

PINK HOPE 'KNOW YOUR RISK' breast cancer campaign launch

Pink Hope and Australian Women’s Weekly partnered to raise awareness of breast and ovarian cancer, with the 2017 Pink Hope #KnowYourRisk campaign.

The new women’s health tool developed by Pink Hope was launched with the support of iconic Australian title, marked with an exclusive dinner at Sydney’s, The Langham.

It is estimated that 660,000 Australian women are at a moderate to high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. With such an alarming number of women at risk, Pink Hope aims to empower women to be aware of their risks, and take preventative measures.

Pink Hope and Australian Women’s Weekly partnered to lead women to take the Know Your Risk questionnaire at This questionnaire assesses your personal risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

Australian Women’s Weekly have also shot an exclusive celebrity #KnowYourRisk campaign to mark the launch with campaign ambassadors including Samantha Jade, Deborah Hutton, Sylvia Jeffereys, Erin Molan, Rachel Finch and myself. We were all more than happy to donate our – time to be featured and throw our support weight behind the campaign. This shoot can be found on the pages of the Australian Women’s Weekly September issue, which hits stands on Thursday 10th August.

“It has always been our mission to develop tools so that every Australian woman knows what their risks are and then take steps to manage their health. With the backing of The Australian Women’s Weekly we will be able to reach more women than ever before,” said founder of Pink Hope, Krystal Barter.

Guests sipped on Laurent-Perrier champagne, and formalities included a panel hosted by the esteemed Dr. Mary Rickard.

Pink Hope’s #KnowYourRisk campaign runs from August 7th to September 7th 2017. This campaign aims to encourage as many women as possible to participate in the Know Your Risk questionnaire at

Source: Pink Hope

Virgin Australia takes Melbourne Martini to new heights

Melbourne Martini is proud to announce that their ready to drink cocktail, Tommy Tequila Margarita is flying sky high. From early September, the delicious new cocktail will be available for purchase on Virgin Australia domestic and short haul flights.

Melbourne Martini is the first ready to drink cocktail available on Australian domestic flights, creating a unique in air experience for all Virgin domestic travellers.‘By bringing Melbourne Martini to the sky we plan to revolutionise the way people consume in the air, creating a new experience for travellers’ says Melbourne Martini Director, Alex Haeusler.

The Tommy Tequila Margarita is curated with only the best quality ingredients, including tequila sourced directly from Mexico combined with Australian lime juice, agave nectar and organic sugar syrup, creating the perfect holiday ready cocktail.

Melbourne Martini hopes to build upon this affiliation by creating and offering a range of artisan ready to drink cocktails for in air and lounge consumption, meaning less dreary airport bars and more Tommy Tequila Margarita.

The current product range includes four flavours: Espresso Martini, Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, Tommy Tequila Margarita and the new Amaretto Sour. Each drink requires chilling, shaking and pouring and let’s not forget enjoying. All drinks are gluten free and vegan friendly, with only Australian products used where possible.

Source: Melbourne Martini

House of Wellness to Launch National Tv Show Hosted by Ed Phillips and Zoe Marshall

The House of Wellness Brand is gearing up for its first formal foray into the world of television, with the debut of House of Wellness (HOW) TV this Sunday 27 August at 10am on Channel 7’s 7TWO.

The free-to-air program sponsored by retail powerhouse Chemist Warehouse Group, will be filmed out of Sydney and hosted by a dynamic duo, media personality Zoe Marshall and veteran TV and radio presenter Ed Phillips.

Former Nova radio host, fashionista and health and fitness fanatic Zoe says she’s thrilled about her debut TV role. “It’s a dream come true, working in the health industry is what I love most,” she says. “I have such a passion for health and wellbeing, so to be able to learn about this at work every day, explore and discuss it on The House of Wellness is really exciting for me.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the boys, as I feel I can bring a different energy to Ed and Gerald. I am mad about learning about the human body from psychology right through to meditation and holistic practices. “I love learning about different elements of health and well-being and being a part of The House of Wellness team means I get to take part in learning from a wealth of knowledge from Gerald and our contributors, alongside our viewers,” Zoe says.

HOW TV follows the outstanding success of the HOW radio program on the Macquarie Media Network, which launched in 2016 and the HOW print arm that reaches over 7 million Australians. In addition, HOW will extend to an online platform,, which will officially launch at the end of August to compliment the HOW stable, and encourage Aussies get well, stay well, live well, and look fabulous.

Weekly episodes will feature an interactive slice of TV goodness brimming with information and entertainment, designed with one thing in mind, to help Australia ‘Live Well’! HOW TV Host, Ed Phillips adds: “I’ve lived and breathed health and fitness all my life competing in surf and lifesaving so it’s great to continue that involvement through The House of Wellness.

“As a father and family man, health is an important part of my life and to be able to bring some of Australia’s top experts together and share their expertise to our viewers is a show I’m delighted to be a part of. “I’m looking forward to being a part of The House and Wellness team and being able to connect our experts to our viewers! It’s a great interactive way to help educate and advise our audience,” Ed says.

Each week Ed and Zoe will explore the world of health and wellbeing, inviting celebrity friends to drop in, including specialist house guests who will offer up a world of expert viewpoints. The show is full of ready-to-use, take-home information on everything from raising your kids, keeping beautiful inside and out, staying fit, ageing gracefully and the A to Z of every vitamin under the sun.

Chemist Warehouse COO Mario Tascone says: “At Chemist Warehouse we are committed to inspiring Australians to live a healthy and happy life and focus on bringing easily accessible everyday wellness solutions to all Australians. “We’re very proud to announce our major sponsorship of HOW TV where we will provide consumers with vital information and wellness tips on a weekly basis.

“We entered into the media landscape initially with sponsoring the launch of the HOW print lift out with News LTD, followed by HOW radio in 2016 and now we’re really taking it up a notch by bursting onto the TV scene,” Mr Tascone says.

Peter Charles, Seven’s Southern Market Sales Director says “We are thrilled and excited about welcoming the House of Wellness brand to our screens. In partnership with Chemist Warehouse we are passionate about bringing our viewers meaningful content that all Australian’s can benefit from.”

Source: The House of Wellness