THE PINK RIBBON TURNS 25: WINFIELD HOUSE LIT PINK TO CELEBRATE AN ESTÉE LAUDER BREAST CANCER MILESTONE

On Monday October 9, Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St. James’s lit up pink to honour the 25th Anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign (formerly known as The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign) and the co-creation of the iconic pink ribbon by its visionary founder, the late Evelyn H. Lauder.

Robert Wood Johnson, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom and his wife, Suzanne, hosted a reception at Winfield to mark the occasion, along with Evelyn’s son, William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador for The Breast Cancer Campaign.

This comes on the same day that the 2017 Future Dreams Humanitarian Award was presented to William P. Lauder, in recognition of his mother’s pioneering work in breast cancer awareness and research.

William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., continues to honour the legacy of his late mother and proudly champions The Campaign’s work worldwide stating: “Supporting the development of critical research, driving awareness, and helping to eliminate the cultural barriers that can prevent the identification and treatment of breast cancer have been our core Company focus since my mother Evelyn H. Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Campaign 25 years ago.

I am continuously humbled and energized by the passion and care exhibited by our employees and the tireless dedication of our partners—whose work is getting us closer to a global cure each and every day. As a Company, our commitment has not and will not waver.”

Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador for The Breast Cancer Campaign said: “Throughout my travels as Global Ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, I’ve seen the hope that advancing breast cancer research is bringing. I’ve seen first-hand the strength of those fighting breast cancer and the strength of friends and family who are supporting them in their fight, and I truly believe that together we can help turn the corner and bring breast cancer to an end.”

Robert Wood Johnson, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom said: “The only way to tackle this disease is to get active and step forward. Together we can make something major happen. This organisation is one that is making something happen and tonight we honour 25 years of dedicated commitment to ending this disease.”

Philippe Warnery, Senior Vice-President/ General Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland comments: “In 1992, there was no Pink Ribbon and very little awareness around breast cancer. Evelyn H. Lauder started a global movement and 25 years on it’s a remarkably different picture with advanced identification, treatments and survival rates. Along with our colleagues and partners around the globe, The Estee Lauder Companies UK & Ireland will continue its unwavering commitment so that together we can achieve our mission to create a breast cancer-free world.”

25 years ago there was no pink ribbon. Women around the world were dying from breast cancer and there was very little discussion about it. Mrs. Lauder saw an urgent need to bring breast cancer to the forefront and put a spotlight on this world health issue. In 1992, she became a pioneer for the breast cancer movement, co-creating the pink ribbon and launching The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign (The Campaign).

A year later, she founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), a non-profit organization, to generate funding solely dedicated to breast cancer research. Today, the pink ribbon is the ubiquitous symbol of breast health and The Campaign is a global leading voice for breast cancer, igniting a worldwide movement that has funded innovative research and awareness, and inspired meaningful action.

To mark the 25th Anniversary, The Estée Lauder Companies has a new mission: to create a breast cancer-free world. A bold, thought-provoking visual of a tattered pink ribbon is being introduced, showing the wear and tear of 25 years of hard work, dedication and impact trying to cure this disease.

It also represents the hope that in 25 years, there will be no need for a pink ribbon; breast cancer will be committed to the history books. The Campaign no longer carries the word “Awareness” as breast cancer now has the global spotlight it deserves, moving into the future with a new rally – it’s time to end breast cancer.

The Campaign is now active in more than 70 countries around the world, partnering with more than 60 regional organizations to address areas of most critical need. The Campaign has raised more than $70 million to support global research, education and medical services, funding 225 medical research grants through BCRF ($56 million from total funds raised). In 2017, BCRF invested more than £1 million in UK research, with nearly £10 million raised to date since the Campaign began.

To date:

  • Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 38% since the late 1980s
  • Five-year survival rates are better than 90% when breast cancer is found early
  • Treatments are being customized to a person’s type of breast cancer, as breast cancer was revealed to be not one disease, but several different types
  • Surgery is not as invasive, and most women can have a lumpectomy and not a full breast removal (mastectomy).

The Estée Lauder Companies is launching global efforts to support The Campaign:

  • Largest-ever one-year commitment of $8 million in financial contributions
  • Illumination of buildings, monuments and landmarks worldwide in glowing pink lights to raise awareness of breast health – including Winfield House, London and the Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Release of a documentary short film, “Unraveling the Pink Ribbon: Creating a Breast Cancer-Free World,” directed by Sophy Holland, honouring Mrs. Lauder and highlighting progress made
  • Distribution of informational brochures and pink ribbons at The Estée Lauder Companies’ beauty brand counters worldwide

In the UK the following brands of The Estée Lauder Companies will support The Campaign’s mission: Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Clinique, Darphin, Estée Lauder, Jo Malone London, La Mer, Lab Series, Origins, Smashbox and Tom Ford Beauty. Each will contribute by selling Pink Ribbon Products or making donations to BCRF and/or other charitable organizations around the world. This assortment differs by country and organization.

To support the 25th Anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, visit bcacampaign.com, follow on social media @bcacampaign and use #PinkRibbon25.

Source: Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign


Osher Günsberg Hosts ABC Podcast To Mark World Mental Health Day

The ABC will release a third season of the popular live storytelling podcast, Tall Tales & True, a season presented by Osher Günsberg to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.

Tall Tales & True season three is a curation of stories from people living with mental health challenges, including a story from Günsberg himself.“I was so excited to be asked to present this season of Tall Tales & True,” Günsberg said.

“I’m very passionate about mental health awareness and as a board member of SANE Australia, I know how important it is that we all share our stories.”

SANE Australia is an organisation that has been helping Australians live with complex mental health issues, for over 30 years.

“After what I went through I knew that I had to help others, I had to help other people realise that you can indeed get better and there is help available.”

Günsberg publicly shared the story of his own mental health journey in 2016 at a live storytelling event and acknowledges that part of his recovery was listening to other people tell their stories, and opening up about his own.

“The good people at the ABC heard me tell my story and asked me to present the new season of Tall Tales & True to mark World Mental Health Day and the stories are amazing – they are enlightening, heartbreaking and hilarious all at the same time,” Günsberg said.

“The storytellers are very brave people. They have shared their stories publicly in front of a live audience which makes them even more courageous.”

Other storytellers featured include: David Cunningham who works on ABC’s The Checkout, an occasional comedian and history academic; leading Australian author and essayist – Melissa Lukashenko; founder of the Stay Chatty charity – Mitch McPherson; and Donna Thistlethwaite from season two who features in a special follow-up interview with Osher, after her appearance in ABC’s Australian Story in an episode called ‘The Bridge’.

Author Rosie Waterland, who came to prominence writing about Osher Günsberg in The Bachelor television series, also makes a brief special appearance in a chat about the process of writing about mental health.

Six episodes of Tall Tales & True season three are available on ABC listenApple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Source: ABC Radio


Good health, detox news from Chiva-Som, Thailand

Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has introduced its newest Speciality Retreat, Art of Detox, in which guests will presented with a fully-tailored personalised dietary focussed program.

A dedicated Chiva-Som advisor will assist guests in discovering their ideal diets and balancing nutrients while herbal and nutritional supplements will ensure the detoxification process cleanses the body of toxins.

Through Art of Detox, guests will discover a new path towards more nourishing foods that will bring their digestive and metabolic systems back to their optimal function for sustaining health.

Chiva-Som has been guiding guests through safe and effective detoxification for many years and, with this wealth of experience, is able to advise and tailor this program to suit the guest needs and goals. Guests can opt for either radical or gentle dietary change.

The 5-night Art of Detox is priced from $5,885 per person twin share for travel 01 November to 19 December 2017 including:

  • 3-5 Days Cleansing Diet
  • 1 Detox Supplement Set
  • 2 Maya Massage or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (45 min)
  • 2 Colonic Hydrotherapy
  • 1 Pranayama
  • 1 Super Stretch (25 min)
  • 1 Mood Mist
  • One daily treatment per night of stay selecting from Thai Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish

The Art of Detox is also available for 7, 10 and 14 nights.

Chiva-Som is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 km south of Bangkok. The resort remains a popular destination for Australians offering guests a total lifestyle transformation to achieve wellness and longevity with a full range of health and wellness Speciality Retreats, integrating naturopathic and conventional medicines.

All components are set and overseen by expert health professionals including consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners

For bookings of the Chiva-Som Art of Detox Speciality Retreat contact your travel agent or a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 437.

Source: Chiva Som Thailand 


NEW STUDY ENCOURAGES YOU TO HIKE YOUR WAY TO MENTAL WELLNESS

Mental Health Week runs from Monday 8 – Saturday 14 October, 2017 to highlight the fact that one in five Australians are impacted by mental illness and help shine a more positive light on the issue.

Exercise and relaxation have been found to be the most powerful antidepressants available with a new study from Griffith University, published in Frontiers in Public Health, showing that physical activity in nature can prevent, delay, or alleviate the mental health components of chronic disease.

This comes as no surprise for Wild Women On Top Founder and Chief Adventure Chick, Di Westaway who’s built a career out of motivating women to get outdoors and improve their mental and physical health through exercise and hiking adventures.

“I know thousands of women who use hiking to improve their mental health. Hiking ticks more boxes for mental wellbeing than a gym workout or an urban jog because it’s natural movement in nature. When you’re outside you have the wind in your hair, sunshine on your skin, trees and birds and gorgeous views, all these things make us feel good inside. Throw in some girlfriends for a good bit of conversation and you have the perfect recipe for mental wellbeing.”

We need to embrace the fact that exercise and other lifestyle changes have been shown to improve mental health, and we need to make it easier for people to access them,” says Westaway.

To celebrate and demonstrate the incredible feeling a hike in nature can have on one’s mental health Wild Women On Top return Tuesday 10 October with another FREE hike along Sydney’s stunning coastline.

Starting 7am at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, the 5km coastal hike will loop though the enchanting Botanical Gardens. The hike offers Sydneysiders a fun opportunity to meet inspired, driven, like-minded women committed to experiencing the tremendous positivity hiking has on mental health.

Women can register for the FREE hike at www.wildwomenontop.com

Wild Women On Top are famous for their annual Coastrek events in Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Coastrek is a team trekking challenge where participants hike either 30km or 60km’s to get happy and support charity. Since it began in Sydney in 2010, Coastrek has inspired more than 23,000 trekkers, mostly women, and raised nearly $20m for The Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a great match because nearly 60% of the world’s blind are women.

Sydney Coastrek 2018 registrations are now open for a March 16th event in 2018. It is one of the state’s most popular adventure challenges because it’s not a race. 4,000 trekkers, (at least 50% female), will hike the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of Sydney Harbour from Manly or Kirribilli to Bondi to raise $2.8 million for The Foundation to continue its fight to end avoidable blindness.

To register for Sydney Coastrek 2018 head to www.sydney.coastrek.com.au


Blister Balm: the all-natural blister prevention relief balm making footwear comfortable

In today’s trend driven culture, it’s safe to say that many Australians often choose fashion over fit when it comes to their footwear.

With a plethora of options for work, play and even gym, finding the ultimate designer lace-up, winter boot, summer wedge, kitten heel, office pump, practical flat, sandal or runner can prove no easy feat.

According to the Australian Podiatry Association, footwear materials and shape are the biggest factors associated with shoe discomfort. On a mission to remedy this age-old affliction, all natural Australian company, Blister Balm, have created the ultimate spot-relief balm to combat shoe chaffing.

Ideal for men, women and children alike, Blister Balm’s unique waxy formulation is applied to high-friction areas of the feet, such as toes, heels, instep and outstep, in order to ease discomfort, protect from infection and repair skin.

Source: Blister Balm