Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Look Good Feel Better

Cancer treatment can be a very difficult journey for many of the thousands diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia. For that reason I would like to share a very special and unique program with you, Look Good... Feel Better. 
Look Good Feel Better is a free national program dedicated to teaching cancer patients techniques to restore their appearance and gain more self confidence during their treatments. The workshops, whether rural or city based, are suitably located in cancer centers and hospitals across Australia.

The program, developed by the Australian cosmetic industry in May of 1990 has reached over 90,000 cancer patients.  This year alone the cosmetic industry donated over 128,000 units of cosmetic products-valued at around $3.2 million-to Look Good…Feel Better.

All volunteers for Look Good…Feel Better are all qualified beauty therapists, makeup artists, or hair dressers.  Each volunteer is specially trained and certified for the Look Good Feel Better program prior to their participation in the workshops. Today there are currently over 1,700 volunteers assisting the program and there are currently over 170 workshop locations available in every State and Territory across Australia. 

6 months ago I proudly became one of the Look Good Feel Better “Angels” and can say I have never done anything that has been more fulfilling.

Being someone who has personally experienced a family member with cancer I expected the atmosphere to be somewhat solemn and I worried that my emotions would get the most of me during the workshop. I must admit it was completely the opposite.  The room was overflowing with joy and laughter and the women who came into the workshop timid and shy left with confidence and a positive new look on life.
Look Good…Feel Better receives a considerable amount of support from the cosmetic industry through the donation of products, their participation during Dream Week and the Dream Ball. This level of commitment contributes greatly towards providing the makeup and materials required for the programs ongoing success.

This year Dream Week ran from the 12th to the 18th of September in David Jones and Myers stores.  Myself and the other "Angles" set off selling pins to many supportive shoppers in the stores raising much needed funds.

During the duration of Dream Week, both retailers graciously donated $1 from each sale of a product across the entire week - all lipstick and lip gloss sales (David Jones) and all mascara sales (Myer).
Friday evening it was time to roll out the red carpet for annual Dream Ball.  Hosted by Todd Mckenney and long time Look Good Feel Better ambassador Kerri Anne Kennerley, the year’s biggest event for the cosmetic industry catered to over 700 guests, and included over 30 volunteers. We were all treated to a beautiful meal and had a private guest appearance from award winning singer Guy Sebastian.   It was a fantastic evening. This year the Dream Ball raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Look Good Feel Better program. 

For more information on how you can help please

visit the Look Good Feel Better website.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer: Fashion Palette Piper O'Neill

On Friday August 19th Piano Room, Sydney’s most exquisite venue, transformed its
self into a stylish antique closet to celebrate the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Collection for 2011.  I hit the black carpet in my finest black and white attire to show our support for the fantastic cause.    
This year’s campaign has had an overwhelming amount of support nationally from the Australian fashion industry.  Limited edition black and white products were designed by seven of Australia’s top retails- Cue, Cotton On Body, Secrets, Seduce, Seafolly, Metalicus and Peep Toe.  Each retailer will be donating a minimum of 25% from each purchase towards breast cancer research.  The black and white range will be in stores nationally from August to December.
A big thank you to everyone from Fashion Palette who helped make the night amazing!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Piper O'Neill city to surf Ovarian Cancer

Wearing our silver ribbons to show our support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, my husband Jordan and I took off on a 14km run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach at the annual City to Surf on August 14, 2011. There were over 85,000 people who took part in the race this year raising over $3,000,000 for charities across Australia.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is a fantastic organisation which supports ovarian cancer research programs. Established in May of 2000 and led by gynaecological oncology specialist Professor Thomas Jobling and Liz Heliotis, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation focuses on understanding the cause, its early detection, and improving patient survival rate of ovarian cancer.

It is one of the most common forms of gynaecological cancers found in women and unfortunately it is often only detected in the advanced staged of the disease, resulting in a high mortality rate.  The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are often times over looked or not recognised immediately.

(Left: Start Line, Right: Approaching Kings Cross. A sea of people)

One of the main goals of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is to improve the mortality rate, improve awareness and with research develop an early detection program.  The costs involved in continuing research for this horrible disease are enormous, and they can only continue the research by raising funds through sponsors and public donations.

 Bondi Beach finish line in the distance. Almost there.

As many of you know, I am not a runner, but I must say I had an amazing time running for the cause.  The energy of the crowd was so uplifting.  There were live bands spread out over the course of the track and km check points to remind us just how far we had come.

Although, we did experience a light sprinkle after the 7km mark, it didn’t stick around for very long and was actually a nice way to cool off just before we tackled Heartbreak Hill.  A big special thank you to my wonderful husband who stayed by my side the whole way,  He was so supportive and motivating even when my legs were burning up the hill.  Thank you Jordan!! 

We didn’t win the race, or even come close, but it was a great experience and I’m sure we will do it again next year.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Witchery's White Shirt Campaign for OCRF

Witchery's 2011 White Shirt Campaign

Australia’s leading fashion brand Witchery has announced the launch of the 2011 White Shirt Campaign. 
On May 19, Australians will be invited to show their commitment in the fight against ovarian cancer by wearing a white shirt.
The exclusive limited-edition specially crafted capsule collection is due to arrive in Witchery stores and on on Thursday the 5th of May 2011 and will be available in stores across Australia and New Zealand and online at Comprising of three shirts for men and seven shirts and a classic tote bag for women, Witchery has also produced their signature Silver Gift collection to compliment the White Shirt collection, donating five dollars from the sale of each piece directly to the OCRF.
Witchery has agreed to donate100 per cent of the gross proceeds to the OCRF’s vital research endeavors for early detection for this insidious disease.
Witchery has a proud tradition of working together with the OCRF. Since they began supporting the OCRF, Witchery has raised over $2 million dollars. These funds have enabled the appointment of Witchery fellows Dr. Adam Rainczuk and Dr. Katie Meehan, who are now using state-of-the-art equipment to aid them in their research endeavors.
“We are extremely proud of our long standing partnership with Witchery and madison magazine," says Liz Heliotis, OCRF CEO "We are thrilled to see the White Shirt Campaign continue this year for the third time. Funds raised from the campaign go directly to advancing vital research into an early detection test. In Australia alone, one woman dies of ovarian cancer every ten hours due to late diagnosis. An early detection test will help change this devastating statistic."
Please do your part in supporting this fantastic campaign.  Be sure to wear your capsule shirt on May 19th to show your commitment in the fight against ovarian cancer.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True

by: Helen Steiner Rice

Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do. 

Often the road will be rugged

And the hills insurmountable, too. 
But always remember, 
The hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem, 
And with Faith in your heart
Start upward
And climb 'til you reach your dream. 
For nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it, 
And you have the faith to believe. 
For faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill, 
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God's wisdom and will. 
For faith is a mover of mountains, 
There's nothing that God cannot do, 
So, start out today with faith in your heart, 
And climb 'til your dream comes true!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Piper O'Neill: An Evening with Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker uncovers the stories of some of Australia’s most extraordinary men at
‘An Evening with Johnnie Walker’

Last week my husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend An Evening with Johnnie Walker at Sydney’s Carriageworks in Redfern.

We feasted on canap├ęs and Johnnie Walker Black Label cocktails as Johnnie Walker led guests on an exhilarating journey into the lives of three of Australia’s most inspiring men. Cricket legend and former Australian Captain, Steve Waugh, former Olympian and gold medal winner, Grant Hackett and renowned explorer and former Australian of the year, Tim Cope all shared their incredible stories and experiences, with 300 of Sydney’s elite. The evening was hosted by renowned journalist and author Peter FitzSimons.  He unveiled stories of personal progress, adversity and determination, giving the audience the opportunity to hear the  great stories of their amazing accomplishments.
Model and TV personality Erika Heynatz facilitating an interactive digital forum where members of the audience were able to tweet questions live.
It was a fantastic evening and such an honour to be amongst some of Australia's legends.

Above photo: My husband Jordan and myself arriving on the red carpet 
Left photo (RL) Peter Fitzsimons, Steve Waugh, Tim Cope, Erika Heynatz and Grant Hackett Right top photo: Olympic Swimmer Grant Hackett Right bottom photo (RL): Peter Fitzsimons and Erika Heynatz
Right photo: My husband Jordan and myself (Piper O'Neill) picture by: Richard Dobson- The Daily Telegraph Left photo: Sophie Walton, owner of Wink Models Taryn Williams and Sara Bray

photos courtesy of Nine to Five, The Daily Telegraph and Newsphotos


Monday, April 4, 2011


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