Air Canada Launches Unique Holiday Campaign Celebrating The Gift Of Travel

Air Canada just launched the Gift of Travel, an integrated initiative that pays homage to the actions of community heroes who are making a memorable impact when helping their fellow Canadians during Covid-19. The program focuses on hope and optimism to raise funds and Aeroplan points for Canadian charitable organizations and it also offers people dreaming of travel a new flexible travel pass product.

 “Canadians from across the country have shown remarkable resilience, solidarity and generosity in the face of COVID-19 and we were inspired hearing stories of people who dedicated their time and energy to caring for others, making a memorable impact on other people’s lives. We are proud to launch this campaign with our Gift of Travel video featuring heartwarming stories of community heroes and share the gift of travel through a message of hope and optimism from our employees as we all look forward to brighter days ahead,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada. “We are also proud to continue our long-standing effort through the Air Canada Foundation in supporting communities through its inaugural Gift of Travel auction and the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign.” 

The Gift of Travel campaign also features stories on Air Canada’s social media platforms that center on the inspirational work Air Canada employees are doing to make a difference in their own communities. 

Gift of Travel Auction

On December 1, 2020 the Air Canada Foundation will launch its first ever online Gift of Travel Auction. The auction will feature an array of more than a hundred unique aviation items, such as special travel-related experiences, including the opportunity to own pieces of aviation history and the chance to fly on an aircraft simulator. Other auction items include an incredible kids’ ride-on airplane and a private dinner with one of Air Canada’s celebrated Canadian Chefs.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gift of Travel Auction will be distributed by the Air Canada Foundation to Canadian charitable organizations that are focused on the health and wellness of children and youth.

Matching Campaign Week

In addition to the Gift of Travel Auction, the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign week supporting the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program also returns. The campaign allows Aeroplan members to give the gift of health by connecting sick children to the medical care they need away from home.

From December 7 to December 13, 2020, members who donate Aeroplan points to the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program will double the impact of their contribution with all donated points matched up to 500,000 points. You can read more about the Gift of Travel initiative on the Air Canada website.

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Mecca launches biggest beauty store in Southern Hemisphere on Black Friday

By Belinda Cleary For Daily Mail Australia

04:49 27 Nov 2020, updated 04:49 27 Nov 2020

  •  Mecca has unveiled it’s ‘flagship’ store in Sydney’s CBD and it is huge
  • The three-level store is the largest beauty store in the Southern Hemisphere
  • There are more than 200 beauty brands on the shelves as well as beauty bars 

Mecca has opened its giant flagship store just in time for Black Friday sales – and it is the biggest beauty shop in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located in Sydney’s iconic Gowing’s department store building, the three-level superstore is home to more than 200 of Australia’s favourite brands.

There is also a Perfumeria, gift wrapping bar, piercing salon and on-site naturopathy.

The old Gowing’s building has been transformed into the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest beauty store
Mecca has taken on the old building and transformed it into a beauty wonderland
The store is spread over three levels and stocks products from more than 200 brands

A third of the massive 1800 square metre store is dedicated to beauty services which ‘bring the Mecca products to life’.

From a brow studio to signature facials and cosmetic treatments with Dr Van Park, it is no wonder the store has been described as a ‘beauty wonderland come to life’.

The Gowing’s building, built in 1868, was originally a popular department store but in recent times it has been home to fashion brands Topshop and Supre.

But one step inside the newly fitted store and the recent history is all but forgotten.

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A third of the store is dedicated to bringing the products to life with the help of professionals
Stunning chandeliers drip light throughout the beauty emporium
Everything is extra at the beauty store – which will be known as Mecca’s flagship
Spread over three places the store is huge – and comes with a concierge to help you navigate

Described as ‘high-energy’ and ‘colour-fuelled’ the original heritage of the building shines through – somehow gelling with the new neon yellow elevators and ‘dazzling escalators’.

There is also a concierge located at ‘a central point’ within the store, helping customers navigate the biggest Mecca on earth.

The store’s doors will open for the first time today, in time for Black Friday.

There will also be three days of virtual beauty experiences to celebrate the launch in a covid-normal way. the online classes will cover tanning, hair styling and jewellery trends.

The stunning transformation comes just in time for Black Friday
The store is located in the Sydney CBD and is 20 times larger than the first Mecca store
A brow bar and a piercing salon are part of the store which boasts more products than any other
There will also be three days of virtual beauty experiences to celebrate the launch in a covid-normal way. the online classes will cover tanning, hair styling and jewellery trends

It will be open every day from 10am – 6pm most days with extended holiday hours starting

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Nourished Life founder Irene Falcone launches new business selling non-alcoholic drinks in Australia

Mother who turned $100 into a $20million beauty empire launches non-alcoholic spirits company – and claims the drinks will transform your sex life

  • Irene Falcone started Nourished Life as a blog to vent about beauty products
  • It snowballed into a thriving business when she noticed a gap in the market 
  • After starting company in 2012, sold it five years later for about $20 million
  • The entrepreneur has started another company selling non-alcoholic drinks
  • Ms Falcone says the drinks have many health benefits – even to your sex life 

A mother-of-four whose start-up business bloomed into a $20 million beauty empire has launched a new company selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits.

Irene Falcone first started Nourished Life as a blog to vent about natural and organic beauty products in 2011.

But it quickly snowballed into a thriving business when she noticed a gap in the market.

She invested $100 in products when the Australian dollar was worth five cents more than the US dollar in 2012.

Buying 100 lip balms at US$1 each and reselling them for $6 in Australia, Irene quickly realised the value to be found in selling toxin-free beauty products.

The business began to boom and she managed to sell it five years later for $20 million.

Three years on and looking for her next challenge, Ms Falcone has launched a new business called Sans Drinks, a website selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits.

Irene Falcone whose start-up business bloomed into a $20 million beauty empire has launched a new company selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits

Irene Falcone whose start-up business bloomed into a $20 million beauty empire has launched a new company selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits

She launched a new business called Sans Drinks, a website selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits

She launched a new business called Sans Drinks, a website selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits

She said Australian drinking culture needed to change as it was too focused on 'drinking yourself crazy'

She said Australian drinking culture needed to change as it was too focused on ‘drinking yourself crazy’

She told Daily Mail Australia she was searching for the next ‘game changer’ – an industry that she felt needed a shake up – and the alcohol industry was an obvious choice. 

She said Australian drinking culture needed to change as it was too focused on ‘drinking yourself crazy’. 

She said she wants to make drinking non-alcoholic beverages ‘sexy’. 

‘I think I’m the best person to convince people this is sexy.’

Ms Falcone is credited as helping push eco-friendly, sustainable and toxic-free products from a niche market to the masses. She hopes to do the same for non-alcoholic drinks.

She encourages others to chase their dreams and work hard to make them a reality

She encourages others to chase their dreams and work hard to make them a reality

Ms Falcone's breakthrough came when she bought 100 lip balms at roughly US$1 each and reselling them for $10 in Australia

Ms Falcone’s breakthrough came when she bought 100 lip balms at roughly US$1 each and reselling them for $10 in Australia

‘Think how far we’ve come the past 10 years…reusable coffee cups are now cool,’ Ms Falcone said. 

‘I want it to be kind of cool that you can pop open a non-alcoholic drink, drive home, go to the gym, sleep at night and not risk picking kids up from school with alcohol

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AEW’s Chris Jericho launches Painmaker clothing line

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AEW’s Demo God Chris Jericho has launched his own clothing line, Painmaker Apparel.

Jericho, who recently celebrated 30 years in the wrestling business, unveiled the collection on Wednesday (November 25) ahead of AEW Dynamite.

The collection is inspired by the time Jericho has spent in Japan during the past three decades and includes T-shirts, hoodies, jackets and track pants for men and women.

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Jericho first wrestled in Japan in the ’90s before making his return to NJPW in 2018 to face Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12.

In a statement, Jericho said: “As I continue to expand the Jericho brand, a clothing line was the natural next step.

“But Painmaker Apparel is more than just a collection of great quality clothing with a rubber stamp design. Each item in this collection has been individually patterned and influenced by the 60 tours of Japan I’ve experienced over the last 30 years.

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“As a result, when you wear Painmaker Apparel, you’ll feel stylish, sassy and quite simply ….cool AF!”

Along with his Painmaker clothing line, Jericho also has his own brand of sparkling wine, ‘A Little Bit of the Bubbly’, which was re-released in October after selling out its first run.

On next week’s Dynamite, Jericho will face Frankie Kazarian during AEW’s special ‘Winter is Coming’ show which will also see Jon Moxley put his AEW Championship on the line against Kenny Omega.

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Didi launches service in Mexico for women to select only female passengers

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing is seen as employees stand outside the drivers center in Toluca, Mexico, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Chinese ride-sharing company Didi began rolling out a service in Mexico this week to let female drivers select only other women as their passengers, a move aimed at encouraging their safety as the country confronts worsening gender violence.

Called “Didi Mujer,” or Didi Woman, the program is being piloted in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana, and Didi hopes if more women join the platform, passengers eventually will be able to exclusively choose female drivers.

Didi’s rival, Uber Technologies Inc, earlier this month also launched an option for female drivers in Mexico to select only women passengers, in line with a similar Uber program in Saudi Arabia.

According to both companies, women make up small parts of their Mexico fleet of drivers: 4% at Uber and 4.3% at Didi.

“We know that women in Mexico face real, daily challenges around personal safety and a lack of good economic opportunities,” Juan Andres Panama, head of Didi Mexico, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We’re hoping to help with both.”

Didi Mujer is the first Didi-branded initiative geared at getting more women behind the wheel. The company’s Brazil subsidiary, 99, also runs a similar program.

The efforts to draw more women onto the apps come as protests in Mexico have again flared up over gender violence. These include the recent killings of 12-year-old Sofia in Zacatecas, whose last name has not been published, and 20-year-old Bianca Alejandrina Lorenzana in Quintana Roo, known by her nickname Alexis.

Femicides in Mexico have more than doubled between 2014 and 2019, according to official data compiled by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Mexico’s government has registered 777 cases this year.

Reporting by Noe Torres in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Hostess Brands Launches E-Store Stocked with Apparel, Accessories and Goodies Galore

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Hostess® is serving up a whole new kind of treat as it launches the Hostess e-store, an e-commerce site with a growing selection of branded merchandise ranging from clothing and jewelry to bags and drinkware. The site comes just in time for the holidays, allowing Hostess to be part of the happiest season of all in a whole new way.

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For the first time, Hostess lovers have access to a wide array of merchandise designed with their passion and brand loyalty in mind. The lineup of fun and functional items features something for everyone on your gift list, with still more items to launch in the coming months. The site will include clothing such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, face masks, socks, winterwear, hats and slippers, as well as accessories and statement pieces such as necklaces, pop-sockets, tumblers, duffle bags, bobby pins and scrunchies. As a special holiday treat, Black Friday shoppers will be treated to a special code offering 10% off merchandise site wide, and those shopping on Cyber Monday will receive free shipping on all orders.

“Hostess has an incredibly passionate fan base, which is why we are so excited to bring consumers another way to share their love for the brand,” said Lisa Mathison, Director of Brand Activation, Hostess Brands. “The Hostess e-store will have a wide variety of merchandise available, whether it be a gift for the Hostess snacker in your life or just something fun for yourself. Hostess consumers have always worn their heart on their sleeves and this new offering helps bring that to life in a whole new way.”

Hostess branded apparel, goods and gifts are available now at The site and merchandise were designed and developed by TMP Company.

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From boredom to boardroom, Seattle teen launches new clothing line

SEATTLE (KOMO) — A Seattle teen who had never even owned a needle and thread decided to take up a new hobby – and it’s culminated in a new fashion line.

How did the Ballard High School Senior reach this point?

“One day I think I was just like extremely bored, like out of my mind,” said Ruby Pope.

So, when Ruby looked for something to do, she found a few old bandanas and a pair of sweatpants and started working on a way to combine the two into one.

“And I cut out the bandanas, I didn’t even pin it on. I just started hand stitching, I think I went to Bartells and got a needle and thread,” she said.

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Caption: Ballard High School senior Ruby Pope shows off her new bandana-inspired clothing line. (KOMO Photo)

And 4-5 hours later, the Ballard High School sweatpants had bandanas sewn down the front of the left pant leg.

“I really, really liked them; like how they looked they were different nothing looked like them,” said Ruby.

Ruby got so many compliments, she wanted to make more. The second pair she made went to a friend. And she worked to make more, but she found hand stitching is too time-consuming and not producing the quality she wanted.

“Ruby’s a perfectionist,” said her mom, Heather Pope.

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Ruby begged her mom for a sewing machine so she could make a garment in fewer hours than it took her to sew one by hand.

“I would break needles every minute!” said Ruby.

But she persisted and figured out how to make the machine work for her. Ruby even carried the machine on a plane to Delaware for the Pope family vacation in June. She filled her suitcase with bandannas and plain sweatpants and sweatshirts.

“And it was a great idea because on the plane I was just sketching on my iPad,” said Ruby. “I just love putting colors together and I made two pairs of sweatpants for my little cousins.”

Back home in Seattle, Ruby kept sewing until she had about 40 pieces done. She and her mom found a photographer to take pictures of her friends modeling her designs. They put the photos up on Instagram and the pieces immediately sold out.

But it was more than just selling those 40 garments — another 50 or more orders came in.

“So that is when all the stress came in and I had to start getting up and sewing all day, every day, to the point where I could not stand and more,” said Ruby.

“We took the order, they paid us,” said Heather Pope. “And the clock ticking was definitely, we took that seriously.”

Heather found a professional seamstress to help get the sewing done. And Ruby went to work sketching new designs for her streetwear, even making some social statements, mixing Black Lives Matter and RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg) fabrics with bandanas.

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KidSport Launches 9th Annual Give the Gift of Sport Campaign

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — KidSport™ has launched their ninth annual Give the Gift of Sport™ fundraising campaign, calling on Canadians to donate online at Over 30 percent of Canadian youth under the age of 18 cannot afford to play organized sport. With the support of the Government of Canada, corporate partners, and the generosity of donors across the country, KidSport’s annual campaign—running until January 4, 2021—aims to get more kids off the sidelines, into the game, and experience the gift of sport.

“Organized sport provides our children with so many benefits. We know it can help them be healthier, but it can also help them with things like their education and social development,” says Jamie Ferguson, Chair of KidSport. “In essence, sport can provide our children with a head start on life. At KidSport we believe every child deserves that chance. Please give to our Give the Gift of Sport campaign and help make more head starts happen.”

The power of sport is in how it shapes us in those special moments – in the memories cherished today and stories told tomorrow. It nurtures our growth and strengthens our communities. “Sport has been the driving factor in shaping who I am, it has taught me all sorts of life skills and gave me the confidence to set goals and dream big when I was a kid,” adds Canadian race walker and Olympian Evan Dunfee. “KidSport believes that every child should have that same opportunity and help remove the financial barriers to make that happen.”

Since its creation in 1993, KidSport has disbursed over $84M and helped over 930,000 kids from coast to coast to coast receive grants and sport introduction programming. Bryan Ezako, KidSport Canada National Manager says that now more than ever, kids need sport! “Not only for the thrill of the game, but to help strengthen their mental and emotional health.” Families are facing financial strains like never before, “so we need to work together to ensure all kids get to experience the joys of being part of a team,” Ezako adds.

This year, by giving the gift of sport that you received as a kid, you can help create lasting memories and fill the gap for other kids who want to play. Help bring the power of sport Full Circle and Give the Gift of Sport at where personal, corporate or tribute donations can be directed to any of KidSport’s 166 community chapters.

About KidSport:
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that helps remove financial barriers that prevent kids from playing sport by providing assistance for registration fees and sport equipment to children aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process grants are given so they can play a season of sport. Learn more about KidSport and join the holiday conversation on Twitter @KidSport and #GiftofSport,, or online at

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Facebook launches ‘Drives,’ a U.S.-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need

Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing, and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called “Drives,” is being made available through Facebook’s existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community.


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The Community Help hub was first launched in 2017 as a way for Facebook users to centralize their resources in the wake of a crisis, like a man-made, accidental or natural disaster, ranging from weather events to terrorist attacks, and more. In 2020, however, the feature has been put to broader use as a part of Facebook’s COVID-19 efforts, which even saw a version of Community Help feature scaled globally to help those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Now, with the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., millions are out of work and 12 million may lose their unemployment benefits in December when CARES Act provisions lapse. Food insecurity and an inability to pay bills, including rent and mortgage payments, as well as manage other household expenses, are impacting millions as well.

With Drives, Facebook will allow users to create and share their own efforts in collecting items for those in need, like a Canned Food Drive that’s looking to gather items for local shelters, a Clothing Drive, or any other event where someone is working to collect items to help others.

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To create a Drive, type “Community Help” into Facebook Search to find the shortcut that takes you to the Community Help hub. From there, click the “Request or Offer Help” button, and on the bottom sheet that appears, click “Create Drive.” You can then fill out the form, setting a goal for the number of items you want to collect. When you post the Drive, others will be able to see what’s still needed with this goal tracker. Once created, the Drive will appear in your News Feed and Timeline like a regular post, in addition to appearing in Community Help.

The feature is rolling out starting today, but it may not be widely available to all for “weeks,” Facebook says. That’s unfortunate, given that many people likely want to run holiday-related Drives within the hub to help get food for holiday meals or toys for families in need, for example.

Facebook notes that all posts in Community Help, including Drives, are reviewed to ensure they don’t violate Facebook’s Community Standards or its Community Help Product Policies. These policies prohibit insensitive and promotional content, spam, inauthentic posts, and posts from users under 18, among other things. If posts are found to be in violation, they’re taken down, the company says.

Drives is one of several efforts around holiday giving that Facebook announced today. The company also says it will match up to $7 million in eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits on GivingTuesday (Dec. 1), and is running its own fundraiser,

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Diana Hamilton launches DHbyDH clothing line

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Award-winning Ghanaian gospel artiste, Diana Antwi Hamilton has launched her clothing line.

Apart from pulling crowds with her beautiful and inspiring songs, the gospel artiste has also caught the attention of many with her simple sense of fashion and vogue.

According to the songstress, she has always had the dream of diving into the fashion scene and sees this as the opportune time to live that dream.

Speaking about her inspiration, Diana disclosed, “As a child, I lived with my grandmother who was a farmer and a trader and how she would transform from regular to a posh looking woman on Sundays was mind-blowing…”

This made her realize any woman can be anything they want to be.

“I know I was made for this”.

Diana said over the years, all the outfits she wore during concerts and in her music videos have been her original designs.

“I conceive the idea but I don’t make these clothes. I speak to a designer who will then turn my vision into a beautiful outfit”.

“But then, I realized people ended up wearing what I wore so there was that burden to finally let the fashion side out for others to benefit. I want people to wear my clothes and feel the way I feel.”

She calls her clothing line DHbyDH and is working together with her sister Adelaide, a pharmacist who doubles as her Executive Director.

Adelaide revealed that growing up as a child she had always admired everything her sister wore. “To be more precise, I went to the extent of buying and wearing the same wedding dress as she did”, she added.

As time went on, Adelaide decided to be her sister’s personal stylist in order to help her decide on what to wear for her video shoots and concerts.

“I designed the most popular Nsenkyerene Nyankopon outfit and the easy breezy Wasem blue outfit,” she revealed.

She described DHbyDH as an expression of African heritage with a stylish addition to it.

“Every outfit is marked with a unique style for the everyday woman. The DHbyDH woman is classy, elegant, professional, and takes pride in her appearance…”

Diana believes that every woman is a DHbyDH woman and the outfit just helps you to become who you’re meant to be but with a lot of class, beauty, and confidence.

“So the market woman going to a wedding will not go to that wedding looking like a market woman or a farmer but a lady fit for that purpose,” she added.

They already have about ten different styles out of their first collection namely: “Naana, which has a lot of beadwork and can also be worn for any occasion. There’s also the corporate lady that comes in a two-piece but can be worn in one. There is Adel, which also has a lot of beadwork going into it and is your perfect wedding dress, a perfect special occasion dress.

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