60 Postcards

R.M. Williams Saloon
Thursday 23 February 2017

We are thrilled to invite you to our next Ladies in London (LiL) event. It’s a bit different to any other we’ve had before. It’s an event which celebrates life, addresses losing loved ones, promotes the power of human connection and profiles an inspiring young woman.

The key speaker is Rachael Chadwick, a young woman who wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her mum, after losing her to cancer just 16 days after diagnosis.

The trauma, pain, shock and grief pushed her to take action and reach out to others going through a similar experience. And she did this not tweeting, texting or email – but writing postcards, to people, all over the world. Her story has inspired many and is captured in her book 60 Postcards.

Rachael’s book and story has gone global and she has been written about in all mainstream press. Daily Mail   Buzzfeed   Glamour  Guardian  Huff Post

After Rachael’s talk, there will be an opportunity for Q&A and easy-going networking across a range of professions and backgrounds. As Ladies in London is a predominately Antipodean network (but not exclusively Aussie), there will be flavours of home throughout the evening – hosted in the R.M. Williams pop up saloon, serving fine South Australian wine and canapes curated by Dickie Fitz.

I decided a blog would be the perfect way to document my story. It would reignite my passion for writing, something mum always encouraged me to do.

RACHAEL CHADWICK

Rachael Chadwick is a freelance writer and communications consultant, living in Kings Cross and often found coffee shop hopping around the city.

She was born and raised in Dorset, before going on to study English Language at Cardiff University. After graduating, she fell into the corporate world and moved to London in 2008, working as a Contract Negotiator for an energy company.

In Dec 2012, Rachael founded the creative project, 60 Postcards, in memory of her mum. Her experiences are documented in a blog and after signing a book deal with Simon and Schuster UK, she released a memoir of the same name.

It was at the time of the book deal that Rachael decided to make the leap of faith to change careers. She now works as a freelance communications consultant, writes on the Huffington Post and Londonist and is still often found scattering postcards (her latest initiative is called New Year Notes).

What’s next for Rachael – #newyearnotes

Handwritten notes are fading away in our soon-to-be Black Mirror world. Finding a message from a stranger has a ‘message in a bottle’ feel. It’s special. There is something beautiful in the anonymity of these notes. We just don’t know what other people are going through in their lives. This initiative celebrates the simple connection from one human to another.

“Rather than take on any New Years resolutions that I’d never see through (as per), I wanted to do something a bit different to kick off 2017. I put a call out for people to send New Year messages for me to handwrite on postcards. I ended up with 100 of them and, with a little help from some friends, have been scattering the notes around the city for strangers to stumble across.

Where have they been left? On the tube, in cafés, tied to benches, in bookshops, bus stops, pinned to notice boards…anywhere I could find. As long as it could be done on the sly.
Every single message is different and all are profound in their own little way…”

Rachael Chadwick, Buzzfeed

The Woman in YOU – November 2014.

Made.com Showrooms – Notting Hill

You don’t have to do everything or be all things to all people. You just need to be happy and fulfilled.

There is no other you. You have a unique contribution to make, so make it.

Our ‘The Woman In You’ event was truly one our most moving and inspirational events. Hosted in the funky Made.com showroom, our members got to lounge around in the homely setting, all with a glass of wine in hand.

We then had the honour of welcoming TED Speaker Meaghan Ramsey, Global Head of the Dove Self-Esteem Project, to the stage. Meaghan shared her wisdom, research and personal stories of how women viewed themselves, beauty and success.

To top off the evening Marianni Zappi, Woman’s Trust Ambassador, sang for our audience. With the voice of an angel and a story of survival, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Reminded of how important it is to support other women, be a positive role model and that no one is perfect; it was a powerful and emotional night for all.

Meaghan is the global director of the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
Meaghan oversees the development and delivery of evidence-based education programs to girls and young women around the world – now in more than 70 countries – to help build and protect their body confidence and self-esteem. She’s also responsible for the social change programs to help shape the communities and environments of girls and women, and the design of mass-media campaigns to drive awareness of the issue of low confidence within girls and what we can do about addressing this issue.

“Dove’s global research has shown only 4% – would consider themselves beautiful; and also, when it comes to the way we look, we women are our own worst critics

• 60% of women feel ashamed when they look in the mirror
• 93% of women have negative thoughts about their appearance every week
• 1 in 3 have these thoughts several times a day
• 30% of British women would trade at least one year of their life to achieve their ideal body weight and shape

When I share these stats with women, I mostly get nods of agreement. Funnily enough, when we talk to men about this and share that only 96% of women do not consider themselves beautiful, their jaws hit the ground and they cannot believe it.”

Meagham Ramsey